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

John Day jeanjour at comcast.net
Wed Aug 10 12:26:36 PDT 2016

Probably the best place for computing archives is the Charles Babbage Institute, not only is it dedicated to the topic, but they have an archive storage facility that is second to none:  2 caverns 80’ under the library 100’ x 50’ x 600’

And paper will still last longer than anything else we know of. I regularly have reason to use documents that are 500 years old or more.

> On Aug 10, 2016, at 15:07, Johan Helsingius <julf at julf.com> wrote:
> 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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