From floppy diskette to emulated on the Internet Archive in 120 seconds.
Enjoying my 30 minutes of watching Code4Lib from afar.
Everyone knows the EaaS folks and the Emularity folks get along, right - we all want emulation accepted by the world at large, and we have different technology that does similar things with advantages/disadvantages on each side.
The Internet Archive now has WebAssembly for the "Emulation in a Browser" setup. http://blog.archive.org/2018/02/13/emulation-in-the-browser-adds-webassembly/ - there's no real action items here; it'll just start working in browsers which support WebAssembly, which is all of them. It mostly means that as WebAssembly gets better, tighter, improved, our emulation will improve along with it.
So many BBS documentary tapes going on! In general, very, very little glitching. I'm focusing on just getting them up there, metadata later.
Some of the DV tapes have a little bit of schmutz/problems, but thems the breaks. On the whole, the tapes are in very good shape. Currently transferring the DV data over, uploading, then hoping some volunteers will highlight issues or we'll simply mark them off. 99% of the data's good so far, which I'll take.
Nail-biting over - it works. Huge relief.
Ridiculous nail-biting fear as I put old tapes into a new deck and hoping the tape will read.
Here is what a Kryoflux package looks like these days. (This is not mine.)
Oh, here's something positive.
When I was hired by the Internet Archive in May of 2011, someone wrote them two days later to helpfully explain what a terrible idea this was, how damaging I would be to the Archive's reputation, and that they'd be better off just getting rid of me now before I brought them down with me.
I found out about this 9 months later, as part of an unrelated conversation in which I said "Well, at least nobody told you not to hire me."
"Oh, they did!"
I am actually still up in the air for what Mastodon is "for" in my case. I occasionally consider making it the "too hot for twitter" but of course the kind of people who would adopt Masotodon so early have a bunch of reactions to such an approach; so I don't know.... toy?
(Most of the toots I tooted today have been deleted.)