It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. 

 Their fate had been sealed with a casual decision some time ago. They had no perspective of time anymore. They were no longer connected, no relationship to anyone. They were orphans. In the old days, they knew who they were. They had been exposed to the outside world. Now they were confined to their own darkness. Each had their own assigned space. Each space was 256 in length. They believe that they had siblings and that they had parents. But they have no memory of that. Once the connection was gone, they lost all awareness of their history. Privately, they each wished that the powers that be would find them. Before the storm, they had been scrubbed and cherished. Now they are abandoned.
No one knows that if found, that they can be restored to their rightful parents.
They are the orphans.
I came across some orphaned fields in an application database I was working on,What struck me is the contents of the fields had a significant value to the organization. These were complex calculations used at one time or another. I would surmise that someone has been looking for them. For me the discovery has proved very beneficial in helping me understand the various calculations used.

Do you have any orphans in your database? Don't be too quick to answer.

Editors Note:  This article was originally posted on October 10th, 2010.

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