as far as I can tell, the pre-built VMs are just a single-partition, BIOS install (i386-pc directory is present at (root)/boot/grub/, but no modules inside...)
plus, the whole deal with EaaS environments is that any changes made by the user can be discarded, so I'm quite certain I wouldn't have saved the environment this way after making any intentional change/choice/update
Has anyone ever witnessed a problem with BitCurator seemingly spontaneously wiping its own grub install? Perhaps on system reboot?
Context: a while back I imported and (successfully) used one of the pre-built BitCurator 2.0.16 VMs in Emulation-as-a-Service. I've returned to that environment and I now only get the "grub rescue>" prompt, and it seems like the core "normal" grub module is just...gone?
My collection of published resources on emulation in digipres has been added to the SPN Software Preservation Bibliography (a public Zotero library of sites and references for software preservation)!
This is another one of those side projects that I might be weirdly more proud of than my regular duties - it's been fun to track to fill in the gaps and now really see the various stages of emulation in archival discussions/use cases over the past 25 years
My father-in-law revealed a trove of Video8 tapes - home movies from the late '80s/early '90s - this weekend while we were visiting
He still had the original camcorder (w/ composite line-out multi-connector) too, so with great luck I won't have to go hunting for an expensive deck to transfer
However, I just realized that he did *not* have the DC power add-on, so all I have are lithium batteries that at time of original purchase held power for (checks manual) 1 hour
moving to a static site generator (Hugo) I think gives it more of a "knowledge base" feel - if you know how to do anything, literally anything with QEMU, put it in a markdown file and contribute!
shouts to @nkrabben who previously provided content (all migrated!) and @ashley whose original color scheme inspired the defaults here (though you can also pick literally whatever color/mode works for you!)
pssst for the past ~6 months when I had a minute I'd tweak on a redesign of QEMU QED and it's finally shareable:
I've also drafted a PR to include a note on my thoughts re: gendered language bulsh*t in the contribution guidelines. Since it's an organizational repository, I want the go-ahead from some of the other maintainers/AMIA open source commitee members before I push something that could be read as speaking for others, though I don't expect any objection. +1s or just general feedback from anyone on the writing appreciated tho!
New highlights are small but include:
- proper sample images and better descriptions for a number of serial data protocols (three years of working with old contooters has really helped me know what I'm talking about here better)
- attempts to explain USB 3.x, USB4, and Thunderbolt 4
- ...what *is* MIDI?
I have been forcing myself to take a slice of time out of each day to work on stagnant personal projects (the ones that bring me great joy!)
So today I pushed some long-simmering edits to the Cable Bible! Like, edits I've been meaning to make for three years!
OK I only came online again to finish writing this, leaving again now:
Like, if the ESA truly thinks that public libraries will somehow become abandonware arcades overnight if given a DMCA exemption, why not just get out ahead of things and create a shi(tier) version of Stadia that only libraries can buy into for an exploitative institutional rate plus a per-stream flat fee, then send bullying emails out directly to patrons implying it's their beloved branch librarian's fault you can't play Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball or whatever
Further update - I don't know about Google Drive's status in general, but I am now only seeing this problem with certain shared folders and it can be solved by ->
opening each individual CSV as a Google Sheet ->
downloading the Google Sheet as a CSV. conversion and download to any other format (ODS, XSLX, zipping) is not working, but again, only for these files in certain folders
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