Deleting History Condemns You to Repeat It
I'm losing my memory. Well, not mine personally, but I am losing stored information in two areas that are important to me.Im losing my memory. Well, not mine personally, but I am losing stored information in two areas that are important to me. Recently, the IT administrators here decided to implement a new policy for our Notes servers. They will automatically delete any memos more than 3 months old from all mail databases. I can see why this makes sense. After years of pleading with users to keep mail databases down to "average" size, some of ours are still at least 300MB. IT gave us plenty of time to archive needed data before implementing this policy. But while cleaning up my old database, I found some interesting things. Besides the contact information that most of us will be scrambling to save, I also found insightful debates among staff here. I found real-world examples of topics wed covered submitted by readers who liked a story. And I found touching farewells from former colleagues. In short, I found the collective memory of an entire organization.
Now much of this will be lost, and I cant fault our IT guys because it needs to be done.