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Late Breaking News and Summer Fiction

by Administrator on August 15, 2006

This morning, Oscar called to tell me that his local NBC/CBS/ABC news channel (or maybe it was CNN — I hadn’t had my first cup of coffee yet) in New York was reporting that NASA had misplaced all of its tapes of the first moonwalk. I scratched my head in wonder: I had read this weeks ago in SEED magazine. Some guy was trying to make a movie about the moonwalk and knew that NASA’s tape footage, shot on the scene as it were, was much superior in resolution and quality than what I saw broadcast over black and white TV when I was a lad. They wanted the footage. NASA agreed and the hunt began for the reels.

Not gonna happen. NASA has misplaced it and folks are worried that if it is stored incorrectly (or at Iron Mountain…ouch!), it will go the way of all the Mercury space program telemetry tapes. Ashes to ashes, rust to rust.

On another front, for those who might be interested, my critique of SNIA’s latest stuff on ILM, through the perspective of Nolan’s old development model for IT, has been published on ESJ.com this morning. The juicy quote turned into a deckhead by my editor says it all:

Summertime is a typically high sales season for guilty-pleasure-but-pointless novels, and SNIA has given us some nice beach reading.

Finally, I am pleased to report that your comments are registering here, and SPAM is being effectively blocked for now. This cuts down on blog maintenance and lets me dedicate more time to actual work.

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mike August 15, 2006 at 12:13 pm

I wonder if these folks managing the tapes have to meet the same data retention requirements that companies do becasue of SarbOx, Hipaa and GLBA?

Administrator August 15, 2006 at 1:02 pm

Good observation, Mike. Two things come to mind:

1. It has already been demonstrated that off site storage companies become responsible for records if their client in the healthcare industry goes under. They can’t just stack stuff by the street like landlords do with evicted tenants. HHS is all over them if they stick patient records in the dumpster. So it seems they are also subject to regs.

2. As part of a GLB or SOX audit, and probably HIPAA too, the savvy auditor always looks at offsite storage. In the event of a lawsuit under, say, SOX claiming that the company made midnight deletions of records that might be used as evidence, companies must show that they have a policy on deletion. That policy must go beyond what’s in their production storage environment and include same files in their backups and mirrors. Very challenging problem that: deleting data copies wherever they exist — in production frames, archive repositories and off-site storage (plus any paper printouts).

Isn’t life fun!

Robert Pearson August 15, 2006 at 2:47 pm

I wondered where that guy went?
You know.
The guy who was in charge of the Exxon Valdez navigation tapes.
The Perfect Storm is loose…

Tom Treadway August 21, 2006 at 7:58 am

Well, if I had lost the NASA tapes then the first thing I would have done is contact Pick Floyd to see if they had them. Duh!

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/one-small-step/2006/08/19/1155408073519.html

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