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Speaking of Precision is a knowledge preservation and thought leadership blog covering the precision machining industry, its materials and services. With over 36 years of hands on experience in steelmaking, manufacturing, quality, and management, Miles Free (Milo) Director of Industry Research and Technology at PMPA helps answer "How?" "With what?" and occasionally "Really?"

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Speaking of Gutenberg

Posted January 13, 2012 9:00 AM by Milo

One of the reasons I blog is for "Knowledge Retention." I want to be sure that the stuff I know and take for granted makes the cut into the electronic realm.

In 50 years or so (the apparent limit of paper's routine usefulness in my experience) the out of print books with the stuff that I practice will be pretty much lost.

We think we are living in an information age. Actually, the books that those of us over 50 learned from will be mostly lost, and we will be considered by history to have lived in the last "Dark Age."

So my blogging is my "Project Gutenberg" for Metallurgy, Machining, Management and this Moment in time in our Market.

What knowledge do you (your people) have that will be lost when you (they) leave? What is your plan for assuring it is not lost?

Disney had a plan. Jobs had a plan.

What's your plan?

Mine is speakingofprecision.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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01/13/2012 12:02 PM

Another thought provoking blog milo. Thank you for this.

I never really considered it a plan, but I have collected some interesting pieces of door hardware over my career. While not in the electronic realm, this might be considered my Gutenberg project.

I am particularly fond of examples of a lost art: custom trims.

Corporate logos, emblems... this sort of thing truly distinguishes a building from the obtuse door furniture that is prevalent in modern construction.

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01/13/2012 11:14 PM

Those are neat. Are you going to create a web archive? Milo

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01/13/2012 3:41 PM

Neat post.

Frequent version turnover and compatibility problems have been the talk of digital archivists for a long while, as we all know. I wonder what kind of longevity we'll see from web-based content, like blogs & maintained web sites, and data in the cloud.

Have to agree with your sentiment - we do live an age with mass quantities of information, but it's also the most likely period in history to see it all go up in smoke instantly.

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01/13/2012 11:06 PM

Based on several frustrated attempts over the years to relocate some reference that I had encountered at some point on the web (even when bookmarked), I would say that the longevity of a whole lot of stuff on the web is on the order of 6 months or so...

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01/13/2012 11:16 PM

I feel your pain. But I still think we need to get the good stuff up in electronic format.Milo

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01/14/2012 1:11 AM

I definitely agree with getting the good stuff into electronic format...You wouldn't happen to have an older version of Rourke's laying around, would you? Say vintage around the 1980's or so...Mine got eaten by termites

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01/17/2012 6:48 AM

That's exactly why I do my Bowyers Diary, also to encourage and help the 'newbies' and show some of the tricks both old and new. New materials give rise to new techniques.
Just google bowyers diary if you want to see a v short video of me struggling to shoot a 90 pound draw weight longbow... I almost get it back to full draw, honest.
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01/17/2012 7:04 AM

http://www.bowyersdiary.blogspot.com/ Del, your blog is a great example of "knowledge retention" and more. I have been following you here on cr4 for several years and love the behind the scenes story behind the story you share on your blog. Reminds me I have some photos from my Germany trip I need to send you from the armorers room of one of the castles we visited. Folks, do check out Dels blog. Google ranks it so highly it can be found on page one... Milo

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01/17/2012 7:08 AM

Cheers Milo, some of those castles have some great stuff, huge crossbows an the like... shame they won't let me play with them. I was in Malta last spring, nice armoury there too.
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01/17/2012 3:35 PM

Feste Coberg. Some neat authentic stuff. Photos coming.Milo

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01/17/2012 8:05 AM

I kept "gothernburg music".

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01/17/2012 5:59 PM

This is somewhat serendipitous but I watched a DVD I've had for years and never watched, this last weekend, called "The Final Cut." It is interesting, thought-provoking, and deals with the subject of death and "what are we leaving behind." I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it. I found it worth the time.

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