November 22nd, 2002
Microsoft Research have found a handy way to fill up our hard disks for decades to come. (And no, I don't mean another update to Microsoft Office.)
The MyLifeBits project aims to create a system which will automagically archive all your electronic documents and emails, all the pictures you take, and even the web pages you read.
It all sounds very impressive, but what happens if some of the content your PC has archived is subject to whatever Digital Rights Management system ends up ruling the world? Will your digital archive have gaps at semi-random intervals, or will you find that every time you look at your life story your credit card is charged by thirty or so companies whose sites you haven't visited in a decade or so?