"If you're lucky, you may be able to recreate
everything from scratch. But how many people keep hard copies of
their personal and business data these days?
"At one stage of my life, I set out to write what I thought
would be the definitive book on Middle East politics. Three
chapters into the book, I had to pull up stumps for a while as I
was relocating to Australia.
"That was the end of the project. I had used Multimate, a word
processor that was manufactured by a company called Ashton Tate.
The company went out of business and its document format died with
it. Forty-three pages of text went waste and I ditched the idea of
the book altogether.
"Why is this relevant today? The world's biggest software
manufacturer, Microsoft, has just announced that after June 30, its
personal finance and small business package Money will no longer be
available for sale."