Software Archaeology (was Oregon Software Pascal/2 (24 bit words))
aek at bitsavers.org
Mon Oct 16 15:52:03 CDT 2006
> As you're more aware than (probably) anyone at
> this point, software archaeology is exceedingly difficult.
The thing to do is just keep asking anyone who was connected to the industry
if they know folks like field serivce techs that were pack rats. The
companies themselves either deliberately threw it out so that they wouldn't
have to support it, or the physical assets were tossed out when companies
The fact that the SDS 900 series library survived mostly in tact after being
given away by Honeywell in 1982 gives me hope that people may have similar
Somewhat related, a CHM press release just went out with this info in it:
In support of its international collection and exhibit plans, the Museum
also announced that it has acquired an extensive collection totaling seven
shipping containers of computing objects salvaged from a crumbling warehouse
in Dortmund, Germany this month. The rescued items, along with related
documents and software, will augment the Museum‚s existing 80,000-object
collection that will be used to populate the 2009 exhibit.
The historic collection from Germany was rescued from an open-air warehouse
that encompassed a physical area of about 12,000 square feet. There are 112
unique manufacturers represented, including Telefunken, Siemens, Zuse,
Olivetti and Groupe Bull. European-based manufacturers account for 50% of
the acquired artifacts and another 20% in documentation and software. In
addition to many rare computer systems, the rescued items will deepen the
Museum‚s holdings of electromechanical-era objects, as well as mainframe
documentation and software.
The container with documentation and software should be getting here in
about a month. From the pictures, there are some very interesting things
coming. This was partly from the computer museum which closed in Achen.
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