The Signal is a very good blog on digital preservation. It has a serious limitation, though: it’s published by the Library of Congress, which as a government agency has to stay neutral on businesses and products. I heard at the recent OPF Hackathon that people who write for it have been required to take out comments endorsing or criticizing specific products.

I don’t have that limitation. In Files that Last, I name names and make recommendations. Here are some things in FTL that you’ll never find on The Signal:

  • “Sometimes content providers decide to stop supporting old DRM systems which require you to have online access, making the stuff you paid for suddenly useless. Major League Baseball did this in 2007 with its videos.”
  • “According to several websites, in 2012 Sky News yanked a story which was embarrassing to Formula One Racing. It was ‘withdrawn for further review’ and later restored to the website in a redacted form. In some countries, removing or rewriting news stories because of governmental censorship is routine.”
  • “Amazon’s use of the word ‘purchased’ for Kindle content is an outright lie.”
  • “iPhoto is hostile to intelligent users and digital preservation. Flee from it.”

If you want to see more statements on digital preservation with no punches pulled, you’ll be able to in April when the book comes out.