Freshmeat: Setting Data FreeNov 22, 2000, 20:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Covey)
"I see two trends in progress. In one, we're continuing movement towards application-independent data storage. In the other, we're witnessing a proliferation of devices that each store the same data in a unique and incompatible way. I believe it's a time to watch developments carefully, and to be ready to move our advocacy efforts to a new arena."
"...it's become easier for personal/home computers to share information. My first computer, that TI 99/4A, had no way to share data with a Commodore 64, a Timex Sinclair, an Atari ST, a Tandy TRS-80, or any of the other computers around at the time. Say what you will about the near monopoly of IBM PC-compatible hardware, but it gave us a de facto standard that made it easier for our machines to share information. Today, the worst problem I can imagine is that someone would hand me a Mac floppy, and Internet use is now widespread enough that I could get away with asking her to email the files to me instead."
"The new problems are: