[ih] How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982

Johan Helsingius julf at julf.com
Wed Aug 10 12:07:51 PDT 2016

On 10-08-16 18:41, Dave Crocker wrote:

> Likely true, assuming the electrons and polarized bits don't degrade. 
> Which they will...

They definitely do, which is why it is important to move
the stuff to new media every 5 years or so.

Fortunately: http://xkcd.com/1718/

> And assuming they still have the software to interpret the bits.  Which 
> they might not...

Another argument for well-documented, ascii-based, open source formats.
The software might not exist any more, but can be recreated.

	Julf (who has far too many old 9-track tar format tapes
              and QIC cartridges in the basement)

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