Just received a clearance from the department head to revise the college's Data Curation course. I am genuinely excited and fully intend on integrating large parts of @edsu's teaching of it at UMD last term.
I long for a desktop application where I can drag-and-drop a URL from my browser onto the app's icon and the dereferenced page will be sufficiently preserved and nothing more.
I don't want it to have its own clunky UI or requirement to store the capture remotely.
This sort of simplicity has been further convoluted by some of my own software creations but there is a need, even if it is only n=1.
If you are looking for some music to work to today I recommend this one, which (for me) actually delivers on being "a sonic resource for comfort and calming":
After all these years I really don’t know how to handle it when I think Someone On The Internet Is Wrong About Something To Do With Digital Preservation.
I want to be helpful, rather than come across as an asshole, or worse still be a patronising asshole. But I’m not sure I have a great track record.
So I tend to keep quiet these days.
I think I need to start documenting the Quicktime format of Grandia's strange nonstandard .MOV files. Might help me figure out what the heck it is.
I could use eyes from anyone familiar with MPEG and similar codecs, too; I have a feeling eyeballing the video bitstream is going to be necessary to figure out what it is.
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