Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2008.

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Stale data

Posted 25 January 2008

I hate, I just hate , to be reminded that my data is not in fact under my control. It's happened twice in the past two weeks.

First, I had a video show up in my feeds in December. As it's almost two-and- a-half hours long, I've been waiting for that magic opportunity to watch it uninterrupted. Lo-and-behold, however, the feed item disappeared last week! It turns out that Google Reader doesn't allow you to mark an item as "unread" after 30 days. It must be too old to be of interest. Thus, Invisible Ballots - A Temptation for Electronic Vote Fraud has disappeared to obscurity. Thanks, Google Reader!

Second, I had accumulated a good number of saved voice messages that struck me as funny enough to keep. Surprise! If you don't listen to them for about a week, Sprint automatically deletes them. My favorite quote from K. Dubs is now gone forever.

Thanks, Sprint!