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How do y'all keep track of terminal commands that are super handy but you will still probably only use them once every ~3 months and completely forget the flags/syntax/regex in the meantime

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Hi everyone! Just to let you know, I'm planning on upgrading to the latest version of Mastodon in the near future. There may be brief windows of downtime, though I don't anticipate it being a major issue.

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Hello all, the Call for Contributions opens 3 December. The program committee is excited to announce the conference themes & topics, based on the community's input. See the conference website for the full list and more conference info!

No Time to Wait 3: Rough Consensus and Running Archives is happening right now.

A FREE two-day symposium focused on open media, open standards, and digital audiovisual preservation hosted by British Film Institute and

More info at

Catch the livestream at

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Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:

When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.

When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.

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Does a Homebrew formula for `cpio` (allowing to enable `mt`) already exist?

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Do you collect and preserve born digital materials? I am interested in appraising born digital material in special collections and archives. I also want to help other archives build scalable, robust workflows and policies for born digital collections. Please consider completing my 15-30 minute survey on the topic!

Context: Transcoding a 1024x576, 25fps, AVC (Main@L4.1) video file

Result of a black box transcoder. 🤦‍♂️ Any ideas as to what were the parameters to get it so wrong?

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WWYD with an input/output error when disk imaging optical media using dcfldd? Use ddrescue?

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Say awoo to our new friends at! Their instance is all about digital preservation so if you wanna talk about that, look no further. @joshuatj is the admin over there

How do you define digital preservation? What is the relationship between that and a digital repository and management system? 🤔

(Inspired by tweet, thought is the best place to ask this question.)

Also, anyone would like to volunteer as a co-admin for Mainly maintenance to make sure this instance runs smoothly for all.

@shadsy @eddy @tvc15 @textfiles @andrewjbtw @ashley @The_BFOOL @beet_keeper @nkrabben @sabrams @anna @elizabeengland @ron_houk @landlibrarian @despens @mickylindlar @joe @elenarchivist @edsu

Hi all, what do you think of establishing a Code of Conduct for It will help us federate with friendly instances.

I am thinking of adopting what we have at our sister instance

Feel free to edit draft at

Thanks @misty for bringing this up.

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Hello, digipres world! I want to gather and share some info about salaries and benefits in the US. Please take this survey and share it with your colleagues if you're in a position to:

IASA-TC 06 Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings | International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Show more is a space for folks interested in productive conversations about, well, digital preservation! If you enjoy talking about how to do memory work with computers, or even with cardboard boxes of old photos, you belong with us on Many of us are/were Twitter users looking for an inclusive and community supported approach to social media. If any of these things sound good to you, consider joining us now.