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Did you know your hard disk is descended from a streetcar? Learn how in "Solid State: Minnesota's High Tech History". Also includes Cray, the Oregon Trail and yes, Internet Gopher.

https://www.tpt.org/solid-state/video/solid-state-minnesotas-high-tech-history-35848/

via @tpt

 

Apple: Introducing Dark Mode for iOS 13
Android: Try our new Dark Theme in Android Q
PG&E

 

Expect outages of my @withknown host 1500wordmtu.com due to @PGE4Me power cuts.

My low-power home server, solar panels, and batteries are pretty solid. ISPs? Not so sure....

https://gilligan.fandom.com/wiki/Electric_Generator

 

10 Years ago today: Sundar Pichai tells you why SideWiki is cool.

https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/help-and-learn-from-others-as-you.html

@sundarpichai

 

Ruha Benjamin presented this 1957 robot future by SuperGirl creator Otto Binder today. Prescient and horrifying at the same time and brings to mind Graeber's take on flying cars.

@ruha9 @davidgraeber

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/youll-own-slaves-by-1965/

 

Small world. Bumped into @micropixie today in the Mission. A reminder to support your local artists and musicians. Also do check out "Dark Sight of the Moon" which is vg

https://micropixie.bandcamp.com/

 

Game Services and Digital Preservation

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I think it's time for aย Legal Deposit scheme for Games.

- Game publishers would put their games in Escrow when they publish.ย ย 
- Game Services could publish a spec on how to interpret the game contents.
- 'Orphan' games would actually be preserved.- Users that purchased the Game would then be entitled to a copy of the escrowed item, plus the design on how to run them.

This, combined with an export of user-generated data would allow for usability after Stadia or the Game Publisher sunsets the service/game.

And to be honest I'd love to see this extended to all Online "Stores" that don't let you export usable contents.

Barring that Game Services could enter aย Ulysses Pact with users if they are serious about the long-haul..ย 

ย For each purchase a user makes put 10x in a locked escrow fund.ย  When the service cancels that money can be used to migrate the games to a new provider or payout back the user.

- If a Game Service gets few users it's not a lot of money to exit and actually would increase satisfaction.
- If a Game Service does get popular then there's an explicit feedback loop that reinforces the durability of the system and alignment of interests.

Evernote announced something like this, but never really followed through.ย  ย A small company called Foreverย actually does have a preservation fund that is purpose driven.

 

TODO(lindner): attend tech debt conference

https://2019.techdebtconf.org/

 
 

Arrived Sydney, Australia.

Smells like wild fires.

 

Press '+' to Pay Respects

Goodbye Google+, thanks for trailblazing tech, good times and connections made.

Please donate to @internetarchive to support the upkeep of the (finally real) Google+ Ghost Town.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190313142515/https://plus.google.com/+PaulLindner


 

""What we found was that the majority of news outlets had not given any thought to even basic strategies for preserving their digital content, and not one was properly saving a holistic record of what it produces.""

https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/the-dire-state-of-news-archiving-in-the-digital-age.php

 

Moved my G+ following graph to Twitter more or less..

Wrote a hacky script to grab twitter URLs using the Google People API. Fed that into a web page with follow widgets

Hope to find more folks in the Fediverse https://bridge.joinmastodon.org/

 

Happy to see Uranium Club show up on @resonatecoop this morning.

https://resonate.is/profile/9203/

Always nice to see good stuff come out of Minneapolis.

 

In June 1995 I presented "Using Gopher with the World-Wide-Web" at GopherCon 95.

""Together the strengths of Gopher and WWW create a better, more integrated information system.""

http://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmNSeLizSGrHjpMZKQg21Sw15NQNTmMjA43mDtw66fNDSz/Webbedgopher.txt