When I first started working on computers (yes, I remember those days, of XT computers and WordStar), someone in the industry told me that there were three rules I should never forget: Backup. Backup. Backup.
Today, especially with social networking platforms, we depend on others to backup for us, and on the stability of others’ systems. This blog, for example, is created using WordPress, and while we maintain the files, the WordPress system can affect what happens to our content. With other platforms, such as MySpace or Basecamp, our content is stored on someone else’s servers. Surprisingly, these platforms don’t usually provide a full, easy backup mechanism.
I’m writing about this because–as you might guess–I’ve lost a blog post. The lesson is to write them off-line, in Word, and then post to WordPress. Then I will have a backup if something goes wrong, on our server or otherwise. Trevor is going to try to locate the post I wrote last night–and which he read, so it did go up–and in the meantime I’m going to move on to another topic.
Yesterday I visited a TV studio, part of the national CCTV, where my friend Leo, whom I met in December in
CCTV is the only television station in
The 14 channels are as follows:
1. News and popular entertainment, with advertising; this channel produces over half the income of CCTV
2. Finance and business
3. Performance art
4. Programming for overseas Chinese
6. Feature films
7. Government agency presentations: military/defense; agriculture information; etc.
8. TV seriesâ€”basically, soap operas
9. English language
10. Science, technology, history, and cultureâ€”documentaries and series
12. Law and legal advice
Apologies, I seem not to have got the last two! I was able to see various programs being edited, amongst them a program explaining the game of softball and a well-known interview program with famous â€œmastersâ€â€”scholars, artists, and others. What Iâ€™ve been discussing with my Chinese colleagues is ways that this contemporary video content, as well as archival film material, might be combined with the content