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Seriously though, why, when faced with the fact that no one wants to pay for the time + effort for their staff to learn new tech skills ("old" technology/equipment is a super-terrible way to frame this, if it's a skill or system someone hasn't used before, it's *new*), do we always go "record an oral history!"

YouTube already exists, folks

also, I should clarify, my issue with web archives is not a shot at any current practitioner or program in any way, shape, or form, but a critique of a heritage system that has and continues to massively underestimate the resources necessary to do what ppl want it to do

I wrote a blog post on this topic for DPC a couple years back, though in revisiting it I would add something about working *in collaboration and care* with the communities mentioned, as the archivists in Sweden did (and, to their own admission, it required LOTS OF TIME)

tl;dr fewer oral histories with older white men, more protection and leveraging of the considerable resources we already have, more time and space for exploration, troubleshooting and research baked into everyone's jobs, plz

OPF had a good discussion led by the national archives of Sweden in a webinar "A Call to Help: collecting obsolete equipment and playback devices" this morning.

Made me think (with even more conviction) that the "loss" of expertise with older tech is not really a loss at all, it's 1) a misunderstanding of how tech knowledge has always been gained (through time + practice) and 2) an utter failure of search and discovery systems, esp for web archives

For the past year or so I'd been feeling like Discord was my major tech platform blind spot, but I guess I'm good now

TIL that some NFTs are being sold in "open editions", which just means that they are available for unlimited sales over a restricted amount of time (e.g. 10 minutes, and that results in however many purchases)


Science Stories is just about the coolest mix of leveraging linked open data + Wikidata to tell, fill in, and identify gaps in socio-cultural narratives I've ever seen:

I've taken my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, pulled out the optical drive and replaced it with a new SSD system drive. What macOS do I run to make it the best digitization/transfer station? Model compatibility maxes out at Catalina, any reason to hesitate and stick with an older version, or just go for what gives me security updates for longest?

I'm returning to some stuff I rescued from my grandma's closet a couple years back and the first thing I popped in is apparently a recording of an older woman, who I vaguely vaguely recall from my babyhood, narrating over a '20s-era silent film that "tells the story" of the town in Central MA where we all lived in the '90s and that I now live next to.

The silent film as you can imagine is colonialist and problematic AF but there are like three different layers of oral history happening here!!!

Yay it works though!

It's best practice to set up your station right next to the litter box right

Finally setting back up my video digitization equipment in the new apartment, so since it's been over a year of course that means I am in a hellhole of troubleshooting Blackmagic drivers

something like the Broken Link Checker plugin I use on my Wordpress blog - but, y'know, not in PHP...

All my web archivist colleagues - is there a tool/script floating out that I can just feed a list/CSV of URLs and get back (if any) Wayback links?

Even better would be if I could just point it a plain-text/source file and it just pulled the URLs itself

This paper about synthetic vs. living DNA storage and digital preservation is so good that I'm a bit shook and not sure how to go about a day of emulating stuff

TIL that there was a one-off BBC drama about the Sinclair-Curry rivalry, starring Martin Freeman?

can any of our UK friends report back on whether this is worth watching?

I was this far into a digital preservation career before realizing how much better the torrent downloads from IA are than the direct downloads

Note that this is 50% for me to help answer your questions, but also 50% me wanting someone to please help me with this AppleTalk error:

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