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Software Preservation Network will be hosting a "show and tell"-style discussion with two amazing practitioners (@VickyRampin and @elenarchivist ) next week!

Our software heritage is more than Doom, Clippy, and the Space Jam web site. Please join in for a fun discussion of some other software stories and the work SPN members do.

Details and registration here:

I had to go to the desert to find the future of library discovery.

Slowly returning to the internet after a week of camping and some long drives across deserts.

They gave MacMurray the nicer room, which is a travesty.

Staying in a motel in Kanab, Utah where many rooms are named for old movie stars. Last time I was here, they put me in the Fred MacMurray room. This time it's the Barbara Stanwyck room. I feel like I should be buying and selling insurance instead of being on vacation.

Dick's Sporting Goods was fully stocked with the exact same camping stove fuel that's sold out at most local branches of REI. There's a class analysis in there somewhere.

Planning for a camping trip by trying to remember what annoyed me most to have forgotten the last time I camped. I think in software-focused organizations they call this process a "retro".

Updating documentation before going on vacation reminded me that I can still write with some focus if I can just get started.

Always an exciting moment when you flip the "send out of office auto-replies" switch to on.

In many cases, you just need the steps. But if there's an unexpected decision point, edge case, or you just happen to make a mistake, the "why" can help a lot.

Whenever I document a workflow, I feel like I'm not getting the right balance between "these are the steps" and "here's why these are the steps".

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"Computers are mostly
used against people instead of for people
used to control people instead of to free them
time to change all that –
we need a …

"People’s Computing Company" from the 1970s, a folksy computer newsletter

Unexpected archival "discovery" of the week, from one of the digital archivists: "one of those 9-digit numbers turned out not to be an SSN but a code the Unabomber used to correspond with the media and law enforcement."

No, I don't have more context than that, yet.

the lab-leak hypothesis, but for the origins of digital repository software and systems

Describing an issue with the display of some embargoed content that's under a 75 year restriction: "someone is going to have to revisit this in 2096."

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Some thoughts about *that* talk _Why "Web Archiving" is No Longer a Useful Concept or Phrase_

I keep accidentally adding citations to a shared zotero library in the middle of the night and then deleting them because, for instance, probably other people don't need to keep instructions for installing usb wifi adapter linux drivers for a laptop whose malfunctioning onboard wifi appears to be supplied by a not easily replaceable module.

OTOH, I'm not sure what the these describe. Article sharing options?

- The letter F.
- A stylized bird with an open mouth, tweeting.
- The word "in".
- A play button in the shape of a television screen.
- A stylized camera.

My guesses:

- Facebook
- Twitter
- Linked In
- Youtube
- Instagram

You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike. Here's where each one leads:

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