Memories as Heirlooms Logged Into a Database "A small team of Microsoft researchers is devising software for an electronic diary that can keep track of a multitude of everyday details in a person's life - the e-mail sent, the family photographs taken, the phone calls made, the Web pages visited - in a single database.
Dr. Bell is not worried about the obvious security risks posed by MyLifeBits. "We are looking not at the dark side," he said, "but at all the potential it has as a surrogate memory." He is not sure when the program will be ready for sale, but in the meantime he has some advice for people who might be interested in using it.
"You should be capturing everything digitally," he said."