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Hello, new and seasoned fediverse! My name's Ethan, I live in central Massachusetts in the U.S I'm also a struggling puzzle addict and I'm curious about tech. I post too much about work (as a digital archivist) so trying to post more about what I'm reading, watching, playing.

I keep several long-form blogs if that's your thing:
patchbay.tech
bestfilmofourlives.blog
ethan-gates.com/blog

I'm enjoying the little digipres library I'm building up next to my desk:

- Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Generation
- How Video Works
- Black Software
- Re-Collection
- Kill It With Fire
- The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation
- Race After Technology
- 1995: the Year the Internet Broke 😈
- Breaking Things At Work
- The Real World of Technology
- Subprime Attention Crisis
- Computing (by Ceruzzi)
- Glitch Feminism

...what am I missing? 😇

I'm rather fascinated that in this instance - again, the earliest I've found, three years before Rothenberg's Scientific American article - it's specifically in the context of what we would now think of as migration-via-emulation, i.e. keeping emulators for the purpose of translation/conversion to a modern system, rather than presenting data in an emulated system as an access strategy in and of itself. This feels significant/formative...

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(I have found a number of papers and reports from roughly the late '80s through the early '90s that describe the encroaching problems of digital preservation for archives and records management - software and hardware obsolescence, a shift from physical preservation strategies to copying and redundancy, etc. - but none until now that specifically suggest emulation as a solution or route meriting exploration)

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I did it: I finally found a published, explicit suggestion of emulation as a necessary strategy for digital preservation that predates Rothenberg

clir.org/pubs/reports/lesk/les

Have any reMarkable users played with rmfakecloud? Seems like what I've been wanting to sync my tablet in a meaningful way to my Nextcloud, but a little nervous about it

Also curious what kind of hardware folks run it on. Raspberry Pi? Could it maybe run on the same VPS my Nextcloud is already on?

github.com/ddvk/rmfakecloud

Forget the secret Prince tapes or whatever, release the Ishtar soundtrack

I finally pieced together all the tutorials that folks on the birdsite linked me on APIs, a GUI tool that makes (some) visual sense to me, someone else's Python script, and some half-baked/auto-generated documentation into a successful GET request on an EaaSI deployment and I'm so stunned I forgot what to do next

A quirk of our apartment is that our landlord provides and controls the wifi (he's a WFH San Francisco expat tech manager of some sort) - nice in that he shouldered the cost/brunt of getting both our households set up with the highest-tier service option available (covered with rent) and set up a good mesh network, downside is that I don't have router control ergo can't set up all the weird home servers I want

Oh yeah also I forgot to mention that I have a lot of random opinions about Soviet and Russian cinema so definitely enjoy @CinemaMillions now that you're all on the fedi

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Frankly not sure whether I ever did a proper post, so making one I can pin:

Hello, new and seasoned fediverse! My name's Ethan, I live in central Massachusetts in the U.S I'm also a struggling puzzle addict and I'm curious about tech. I post too much about work (as a digital archivist) so trying to post more about what I'm reading, watching, playing.

I keep several long-form blogs if that's your thing:
patchbay.tech
bestfilmofourlives.blog
ethan-gates.com/blog

Mellon Foundation and Doodle re-branding on the same day: coincidence?

New EaaSI training module out, this time introducing what we mean by an "EaaSI network" and how we use OAI-PMH:

softwarepreservationnetwork.or

By god, I just might actually finish 8 of these before the end of the grant period as promised!

NYU Cinema Studies still using a VirtualBox setup I put together five years ago to access artists' CD-ROMs, giving me a pick-me-up after two weeks of wrangling with the uncertain future of a grant-funded term position 🤗

interactivemediaarchive.wordpr

We used to have this debate in grad school: if they are two sides of the same coin (conceptually encompassing different sets of activities and concerns but at some level useless without the other), what's coin called

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The Nintendo/game preservation debate going around has confirmed for me more than ever that we need a new word in English that encompasses the concepts of both preservation and access

I am *still* clicking "Deny" on VPN authentication requests, don't think I've let you off the hook Duo

No, this is not a post about Wordle, and yes, this is a post about Wordle.

Ethan Gates | Puzzling
ethan-gates.com/2022/01/puzzli

A thing I love about snap apps is how the font cache corrupts literally every time you quit a program

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