Upcoming PBS special on bit rot

From: Peter Prymmer <pvhp_at_forte.com>
Date: Tue Jan 13 00:14:00 1998

Subj: Re: Upcoming PBS special on bit rot

I wrote:

>I saw an advert in the latest issue of Scientific American for
>an upcoming special about archiving digital data to appear on
>PBS. It is supposed to show on the 13th (tomorrow) and alas

OK I have the magazine: there is a Review (not an advert) on page 110
of the Jan 1998 issue of Sci. Am. The television program will be:
"Into the Future: On the Preservation of Knowledge in the Electronic Age"
A film by Terry Sanders, narrated by Robert MacNeil; American Film
Foundation, 1997; Airing January 13 on PBS.

I do not know much about the "American Film Foundation" but MacNeil is
a PBS regular and PBS quite often offers transcipts and tapes for sale
at the end of many (but not all) of their broadcasts. While I have several
CRTs for use as monitors I do not own a television tuner or a VCR. (I also
note that the schedule posted at http://www.kqed.org/ implies that the
main Bay Area PBS broadcaster will not be showing Into the Future.)

Could folks who do manage to see it please post a message regarding whether
there is an address to which one could write to obtain transcripts/tapes?

Peter Prymmer
Received on Tue Jan 13 1998 - 00:14:00 GMT

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