Doomsday averted

They finally cracked the digital Doomsday Book. In less than fifteen years, the discs had become unreadable on any existing equipment. New media, especially proprietary formats, are far from a permanent record of anything.
“By contrast, the original Domesday Book, an inventory of England compiled in 1086 by Norman monks, is in fine condition in the Public Record Office in Kew, London.” (Thanks to WebWord)

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