Today I learned that many/most color laser printers layer an array of yellow microdots on top of documents 🔬
This Machine Identification Code https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Identification_Code encodes a print date and a serial number unique to the machine. It only became public knowledge in 2004, ~20 year after deployment 😑
The Technical University of Dresden released a tool 2 years ago to layer on _even more dots_ to render the MIC unreadable and aid whistleblowers publishing https://github.com/dfd-tud/deda ✊
It lives! I’ve been restoring this NeXT Cube to honour Tim Berners-Lee and Nicola Pellow’s work thirty years ago to create both the World-Wide Web and the first ever web browsers.
After some electronics repairs and a lot of cleaning, it’s booting beautifully! #DigiPres
I'm looking for anyone who'd be willing to be interviewed or have a chat about their experiences of using technology in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s as part of a #DigiPres project to document the growth and change in that time.
Please drop me a reply or DM if you're interested.
Who am I looking for? Software people, gamers, enthusiasts, fellow nerds... anyone who used and/or loved technology around the start of the PC boom and birth of the WWW around the world.
I've moved over to this instance from scholar.social as my work now focusses more on digital preservation, and I'm not currently associated with an academic institution.
I love scholar.social and hope to keep up with all the wonderful people there by the magic of the Fediverse.
But I'm super happy to be here with my fellow #DigiPres enthusiasts! Nice to meet you all - exciting things on the way!
Trans rights advocate and #DigiPres enthusiast.
I split my time between LGBT+ Charities and writing about old technology!
digipres.club is a space for folks interested in productive conversations about, well, digital preservation! If you enjoy talking about how to do memory work with computers, or even with cardboard boxes of old photos, you belong with us on digipres.club. Many of us are/were Twitter users looking for an inclusive and community supported approach to social media. If any of these things sound good to you, consider joining us now.