Microfiche scanning

Paul Koning pkoning at equallogic.com
Fri Apr 22 09:06:31 CDT 2005


>>>>> "Jules" == Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk> writes:

 Jules> On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 21:41 -0700, Tom Jennings wrote:
 >> 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. It's not like it's an old floppy or
 >> something.

 Jules> As Eric said (so eloquently!), it's more a case of fiche
 Jules> making it harder to make the docs available to others. We've
 Jules> *probably* got everything in paper format as well as fiche (if
 Jules> not more) - but it'd be nice if we could make what we have
 Jules> available to others and fill some gaps in what's available
 Jules> online.

DEC sold software listings on fiche, but not on paper.  A lot of that
software was either not available in machine readable form, or
ridiculously expensive.  For example, RSTS or VMS listing fiche can
probably be found, but source kits of either are hard to come by.  The
same only more so is likely to be true for "layered products"
(compilers etc.)

	   paul




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