Archival preservation of software
cclist at sydex.com
Sun Oct 21 11:53:14 CDT 2007
On 21 Oct 2007 at 12:28, Brad Parker wrote:
> heh. they used to do that when new if you used them in a room over 85F :-)
> I once (back when s-100 was current) tried to run several CP/M machines
> with 8" floppies in a un-airconditioned room over the summer. big
> mistake. We ended up with a lot of floppies with clear bands.
Our storage is a relatively constant 65F at 40-50 percent humidity.
I'm more than a bit concerned that this is just the tip of the
iceberg and other brands will follow suit. Consider the situation,
for example, with old DC-xxx carts of approximately the same age.
It's akin to the situation with very old documents--you might have
handled them a lot when they were newer, but as they get older and
start decomposing, you realize that you'll have to capture the
document's contents and forget about the medium on which they're
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