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10. uhhh....lack of hard disk space ;-P ?

9. Solar flares wiped my Zip disks ?

8. Dog ate my report? Wait, no, I've already used that one...

7. Didn't think I needed 'em anymore since I'm now persuing a career in the
IT industry?


Bill Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
Laguna Niguel, CA

||-----Original Message-----
||From: SEConsultant [mailto:seconsultant(--nospam--at)]
||Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 2:11 PM
||To: seaint(--nospam--at)
||Subject: RE: Statute of Limitations
||With a paperless office, you don't have the "space-saving"
||argument to use
||that would otherwise justify eliminating paper. Electronic
||documents are
||easier to maintain and store as a whole years work and more
||can be kept on
||one Zip disk or a tape. Therefore, how can you justify eliminating
||electronic paper trails?
||Dennis S. Wish, PE
||-----Original Message-----
||From: CarlS95(--nospam--at) [mailto:CarlS95(--nospam--at)]
||Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 11:57 AM
||To: seaint(--nospam--at)
||Subject: Statute of Limitations
||A. Roger Turk wrote:
||<< Throwing them out would be like playing Russian Roulette with an
|| pistol!>>
||I disagree.  Our company, and I believe all reasonably large
||companies, have
||written record retention policies.  Our policy varies
||depending on the type
||of records, but we start throwing some records out after 1
||year, then more
||5 years.  The key is to have a written policy and to follow
||that policy.  If
||you do, then when something has been thrown out, a lawyer
||can't argue that
||you threw it out because you have something to hide.  From
||what I've seen,
||most calculations, no matter how miticulous, are too vulnerable in a
||hands, and seldom provide added value several years after the fact.
||Carl Sramek