[time-nuts] Archiving Timing Data

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 22:41:28 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Bob Bownes <bownes at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is a difference between archival format and database format. If you
> are looking for an archival format that is portable, then a CSV (or other
> delimiter of your choice) is ideal. They are easy to import to a real
> database

If it needs to be "imported" it will never be used.    No one will
ever bother to take the time to import gigabytes of compressed data.
Don't worry about the space 1TB disks now sell for $99 and the price
trend s downward.

CSV is easy to import, just like bricks are easy to move, easy until
you have a billion or two of them.  We have data archives here and
from experience,  you have to really, really want to look at the data
if it needs to be imported into a tool.   The other thing is that over
time if the data is not in usable format people forget they have it or
what it is.

Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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