eric at brouhaha.com
Fri Apr 22 00:35:36 CDT 2005
> Sheesh, why is everyone treating fiche as a horrible thing? Like
> it's some terrible, embarrassing obsolete medium that needs to be
> converted out of as quickly as possible?
> Fiche is great. Keep in clean and dry in a dark place and it will
> last for hundreds of years.
> Not everything need exist inside a computer.
Because if Alice has fiche in a clean dry dark place, that doesn't
necessarily help Bob. But if Alice's fiche is scanned and put on a web
site, it may help everyone.
> Besides, I doubt there's many pages on fiche that don't already
> exist on paper.
Presumably almost all of it did at one time, the exception being some
diagnostic listings in later years that were directly to COM. But a
lot of it was never distributed to customers (or field service) on
paper. And a huge amount of the stuff that was available on paper
is impossible to find on paper now. And even if it was on paper, it
would *still* be more useful scanned than sitting on someone's shelf.
When was the last time you saw the IPB (Illustrated Parts Breakdown)
for a PDP-11T55? Or the wirelist for the KB11-D backplane? I've never
seen either. The former was probably available on paper at one time, but
I doubt that anyone has a paper copy now. The latter was never available
on paper. Yet both should be in the PDP-11 fiche set.
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