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There was not date stamp the original airing of this particular episode but it is from 2017. This is an interesting peruse through a mass on old electronics and computers, rekindling memories and thoughts on why we should continue archiving our digital ancestry. This particular clip is only 3:34 minutes long so it doesn't cover a lot of detail. Our favourite part is to pick out the retro microcomputers from all the junk lying about.

Jason Scott on archiving our digital history


We said, let's get all of culture online. Won't that be great. Aaand, unfortunately if anybody turns the switch, it's just gone. Zero. Blacked out.

There are quick flashes across CDs. I wonder if any of those are from the AOL library. A quick cut to a close up of a remote control sitting in a toy powerboat. Heaven only knows what toy powerboats have to do with digital or cultural archiving. Then there is the emotional drawcard. "These are were you find the stories that we've lost. Becuase they've been discarded by others without any idea of their value."

Does this sound like the ideals of a digital horder?

Another cut and a close up of two boxes of software. Your Reading Power and Hooked on Phonics. Pow. I wonder why neither of these gems are in the open library. Next stop, the long look at the 1990's collection of stereo equipment. No, it is probably from the 2000's. Is this the back of a lifeline store? Surely this isn't somebody's personal collection? Then there is another close up of Entrepreneurs' Guide to Labor & Property Law; Another box of goodies not available on the Archive.

What percentage of the internet has vanished? Now that is asking the witness. Oh, the vast majority. Maybe that is true by some measurement but so much digital junk is being created at this very moment that it's size is overloading the Internet from just ten years ago. Absolutely staggering. And herein lies the puncher, most websites don't get the rescue. I don't know what the rescue is but it sure sounds very important.

Analyzing the now, what are people years from now going to look back and think of the first decades of the Internet? Jason's flirty response, Um, they are going to think that we had no taste in color.

I definitely think that people should save their own digital footprints. ... Mail it to your most technologically un-advanced relative and say that this really matters a lot to me. And this will hold it for quite some time.

Another tantilizing show of audio equipment and book covers. Let me check, Unlock the secrets of your mind is not in the Internet Library either. So many lost treasures. But Jason's rule is, if it's on plastic then we'll save a copy of it.

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Supporting your digital hoarding

Published 24 August 2017

In a timely announcement, Western Digital has announced their new 20TB My Book Duo. This massive (please don't quote us in 2020) storage capacity will tame your digital hoarding urge. See that interesting website, leech it. Archive your twitter feed - smashed. Save more video than you can watch on YouTube. Loving it.

Western Digital My Bopok Duo 20TB

The conversation in our office has focused on digital hoarding and if this is a serious addition? We don't know but we love to hoard. Saving every email. Saving every photo, no matter how blurry. Imagine if we lost something and it was got forever. Wiping the sweat off our brow, we are left to wonder. Bytes, kilobytes, megabytes and now gigabytes for files. Keep on saving. We don't know when we will have time to catch up on it all. But if we don't save it then it will be lost. Forever. Please save.

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