Here's a quick demo script I made which shows how to do automatic type detection on removable storage media using Python and the Windows API. See comments in the code for some more context, and possible further improvements gist.github.com/bitsgalore/cd3

Serious question: would digipres.club users be interested in a move to the Hometown fork, or would you prefer to remain on the official Mastodon software?

New blog post about the new Isolyzer release candidate. This release adds support for the ancient High Sierra file system (which preceded ISO 9660), better support of Apple file systems, and there's an XML schema bitsgalore.org/2022/04/20/intr

New blog post with my first look into codecs in many years. Most surprising result is that it's now feasible to generate lossily compressed access JP2s from lossless preservation masters using open-source software bitsgalore.org/2022/03/30/gene

Web Archives on, of, and off, the Web https://inkdroid.org/2021/11/24/wacz/ Last month Webrecorder announced a new effort to improve browser support for web archives by initiating three new streams of work: standardization, design research and browser integration. They are soliciting use cases for the Web Archive Collection Zipped (WACZ) format, which could be of interest if you use, create or publish web archives…or develop tools to support those activities.

Webrecorder’s next community call

Internet of Things for libraries - blog post by my colleague Willem Jan Faber on his experiments with privacy-friendly applications for libraries, and how he built an interactive bookshelf using dirt-cheap sensors willemjan.github.io/2021/10/07

Meanwhile on the bird site, the lead author of the "significant properties of spreadsheets" report seems to be somewhat less than happy (cough) about the blog post I wrote about it. Oh well.🤷‍♂️

Bookmarked: Saint Etienne’s Nineties Nostalgia https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/20/saint-etiennes-nineties-nostalgia We tend to believe that doing away with physical objects has made our grasp of past music more comprehensive. It’s easy to think everything is on the Internet, somewhere, waiting to be rediscovered. But there are always names missing.

New blog post -
PDF processing and analysis with open-source tools (an attempt at working various PDF-related working notes and lists into something more structured) bitsgalore.org/2021/09/06/pdf-

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:

eaasi.gitlab.io/program_docs/q

my weekend proof-of-concept: upload mediainfo.json about your mysterious a/v collections, and get some charts to help you understand what you're working with!

Demo: bits.ashleyblewer.com/media-co

yesterday i learned for the first time of NFT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fung via this post (italian only) not.neroeditions.com/gatti-ran

how bad is this?
apart from non-sustainability of blockchain environments, is this the beginning to stop reproducibility of digital? should we expect new DRMs based on this?

also today in my timeline
laughingsquid.com/i-can-has-ch
opensea.io/
is this the new internet bad hype?

Towards a preservation workflow for mobile apps. New blog post that covers (among other things) downloading, format identification and metadata extraction for Android and iOS apps. bitsgalore.org/2021/02/24/towa

I wrote a new blog post on the emulation of Android devices. Includes tests with four different emulated environments bitsgalore.org/2021/02/09/four

HALT AND CATCH FIRE SYLLABUS 🔥

This has been on my mind for a long time, and now it's a real thing!

bits.ashleyblewer.com/halt-and

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