Is it better to store files in books?

The lifespan of a floppy disk is 20 years, magnetic tape 10 years, and hard disks only 5 years.  The oldest books in the world are thousands of years old, as old as civilisation itself, coming from the ancient kingdoms of Sumeria and Egypt. Do we owe it to our future generations to start backing up our digital media as 1s and 0s in books?

A book.
This is a book.

A 10 pt page can fit approximately 5000 1s or 0s, or 5 Kb of information, hardly an impressive size. We can fit much more by reducing the font size and printing double sided. Let’s give a conservative estimate of 50’000 bits per sheet of paper (6.25 KB).

It’s quite obvious that this is not a good way of storing written words – language is a tad more dense than bits. However, there currently is no future-proof way to ensure our music today is heard as it should be. Is this the best way of recording music for future generations?

MP3s are typically 128 Kb/s. Applying that to our bits per paper means a book of 4’300 pages could hold Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up replacing the space taken up by your Song of Ice and Fire collection on your bookshelf. This is worth it.

Top Five Reasons why Java is the WORST Programming Language OF ALL TIME

  1. Oracle doesn’t even like you any more. Its a fine language and all, but it seems as if everyone just wants Java to die. Oracle said a few time periods back that they had lost interest in Java so what the hell am I even doing learning it?
  2. I have to press shift a lot. OK Java. We get it. You like the curly braces. Well fuck you, Java. My pinky hurts from all those pairs of {these things} you force me to type. At least the semi colon is sympathetic to the shift key.
  3. It has a confusing name. Why the hell did the people who created Java not call it something distinctive? Why did they have to share their name with the first half of JavaScript? Even if they were both created in the same year, this is outrageous and ridiculous and incredibly confusing for anyone who has failed to look up the difference.
  4. You want me to install McAfee. Ok sure, Oracle, you are clearly in money problems and need to get stupid adverts in your installer but seriously, McAfee? Is that the same software that John McAfee described as one of the worst products on the fucking planet? Yea, thanks, but no thanks.
  5. Java-hate memes are overrated. Its okay to hate Java, but really, if that’s the only defining feature of your personality, something has gone horribly wrong.

How to extract images from a Word Document

After Googling this question and being disappointed at how much work was needed to find a good answer, the only useful post was this old post for Word 2007, here is a definitive blog post about the topic. This post assumes use of a Microsoft Word 2013 though the method would work on almost any word processor.

The by far simplest method is to save the document as a webpage. This is done by choosing the correct file type when saving as a new file. This is done as normal when saving the file but choosing a different “save as type”.

The save screen when saving the document.
The save screen when saving the document.

Next, simply navigate to the folder where you saved the document as a webpage and you should find a new folder called “Example_files” alongside the new .htm file. Inside the folder will be every photo within the document in a .jpg format along with some meta data and other stuff you dont need to worry about.

Hooray!