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History of Digitization

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By Oliva Harlow

What Is It?

Digitization is the process of converting data - oftentimes tangible - into digital format that can be read via computer screen or a smart phone. Information is organized into units called bits that can be separately addressed in groups called bytes. For us, digitization is essentially transforming your hard photographs, films and deteriorating VHS tapes, into high quality, invincible material that never goes out of style.

How It All Got Started

Digital communication became possible after the invention of the home computer. Mathematician Claude Shannon is credited for laying out foundations of digitization in a piece titles "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," which was written in 1948. Of course, digitization as we know it underwent several pre-steps before Shannon's time, as well as many more evolutionary processes since his forward-thinking ideas. 

 

Why You Should Do It

Every day, your beloved films and pictures are losing quality. Sun sports, mold, natural decay...it's inevitable! That's why today it's better now than ever - sooner rather than later - to make sure you never lose movies and prints of your most precious memories. Bring those tangible copies to us, and we'll digitize your content onto a DVD or USB thumb drive. (P. S. Not to worry - you'll get those originals back too!)

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