Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Teo Zenios <teoz_at_neo.rr.com>
Date: Tue Aug 10 23:44:01 2004

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From: "John Foust" <jfoust_at_threedee.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 12:10 AM
Subject: Re: Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

> At 08:22 PM 8/10/2004, Teo Zenios wrote:
> >Here is an example of a society that preserves media on the Amiga
> >(complete images including the copy protection as used by the developer).
> >http://www.caps-project.org/
> >They have spent allot of time deciphering custom disk formats and saving
> >of the information digitally so it can be reproduced exactly at a later
> >date.
> Astounding! Will that computer never die? And I say that
> as someone who Believed, '85-92.
> I'm tempted to say that we should leave copy protection
> hacks out of the spec for now, but if it was extensible,
> that would be great.
> - John

I went from a C64 to a 286/12 PC in the late 80's. In the last 2 years I
have acquired 3 Amigas (A500, A1200,A2000), they are interesting systems.
Backing up discs or programs that have been 'cracked' leads to problems when
you try to run update patches to old programs or when the 'cracker' did a
bad job on the program and it doesn't work like it should. I never seen a
crowd into preserving their machines like the Amiga crowd.


The Largest Amiga hardware reference on the net:

Amiga Hall of Light, database of Amiga games showing box scans and in game
screens (very well done):

CAPS Preserving the original media:

Aminet, the largest internet based collection of freeware/shareware/GPL
Amiga software

WinUAE emulator for Amiga systems:

WHD Load where people got together and reworked the older software so that
it ran on newer hardware, fixed bugs from the original programs, and allowed
the program to run from the HD (instead of flipping floppies as needed):

Plus don't forget the active forums and other websites supporting a platform
where the manufacturer died 10 years ago.

If I want to add something to my collection the original media, manuals,
box, and working disks are what I look for, a perfect image will keep me
happy until I run into the original (or have the money to buy it if its is
rare). Since your going to the trouble of preserving something you might as
well preserve it exactly as it was released.
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