Those Fragile Bits
Post-Script: Along with all those evaporated digital files are scans of older paper negatives from my more active pinhole camera days. But, of course, those paper negatives are still stored away in 3-ring binders, still physically present, still able to be re-scanned and come alive once again as digital images. Another example of the importance of archiving something in as physically tangible a form as possible.
I also had a number of written works go missing, some of which were novel-length and still unfinished. Fortunately, I had made a copy of some onto a thumbdrive, and hence was able to retrieve them, while my earlier short stories seem to be permanently gone.
Photo via Lumix G1 from sometime in 2009 along Interstate 40 in eastern Arizona; typecast via Royal Futura 800.