Time Capsule, Anyone?
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Have you watched movies where you see someone burying a time capsule in some dirt, and return to dig it back out after some 10, 20 years later to retrieve its contents? Well, some of you probably have even done that yourselves. The last movie I watched that featured a time capsule was My Sassy Girl :p (The time capsule in the movie was buried for 3 years, if my memory doesn't fail me.)

I got an interesting link from my friend Sat. Now, you can create an "E-mail Time Capsule" for yourself. Simply compose an email message, and *"decide how long you want the capsule to be sealed for". You can "bury" the time capsule for up to 20 years, before it is sent back to you. This service is made possible by Forbes.com.

Obviously, we don't know what will happen in the future. And that's precisely why the phrase "We'll do our best to make sure the message gets delivered" was used. There're lots of factors that may contribute to a failed delivery. Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.

The people at Forbes Magazine themselves said "we can't just assume that the company will be around in another 20 years, or that a database and application will be safe sitting on our servers for that long". For this reason, they got themselves two partners just in case something happens: (1) Codefix Consulting and, (2) Yahoo!. On the 30th of November, 2005, your e-mail time capsules will be sealed, and it will be saved at Forbes.com, Codefix Consulting, and Yahoo!.

It's a lot more complicated that you can imagine. Read more here. Towards the end of the page, you'll see why you should provide an email address operated by a major Internet company. You may be using a different address in the future! And if I may quote Forbes.com, "Don't send the message to your work address if you're planning to leave in a few months". Duh~ ;)

Act quickly, no more time capsules will be accepted after November 30, 2005, which means you now have until the end of this month! Email to the future today!

*Plagiarism prevention exercise, hence the inverted commas ;p
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