Emulators of Classic Computers

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Jan 14 15:40:12 2004

On Wed, 14 Jan 2004, Robert Feldman wrote:

> I've just started a new job (!) at a small firm that does computer
> consulting for architectural firms. One project we are involved with is a
> study for the Art Institute of Chicago on how best to collect the digital
> design data (CAD files, 3D renderings, PowerPoint client presentations,
> etc.) that architects are more and more producing. One question that has
> arisen is, even if we save the raw files, how will we view them in 50 (or
> even 5) years? The AIC doesn't want to collect all the systems and software
> that architects use, so the suggestion to use emulators has come up.

I would do this:

1) Gather all the relevant data files into one place
2) Find whatever technical data you can on the formats of the data files
3) Gather up all the applications used to create the various files and
   their documentation
4) Gather up all the operating systems that those applications run on
5) Burn this all to DVD ROM

Keep this all on a "live" archive (i.e. a hard drive) and DVD ROM and
update the medium (migrate the "live" archive to a new hard drive and
re-burn the DVD ROMs or upgrade to the latest and greatest archival medium
of the day) every 2-3 years.

> I'd like to pick the collective brains of the list and ask what emulators
> people know of. If you could email me at rfeldman<at>kfa<dash>inc<dot>com,
> listing the hardware and software emulated and what the emulator runs on,
> I'd appreciate it.

Emulators for what? PeeCees? I don't think there are PC emulators yet,
except on other platforms (like the Mac) for compatibility purposes.

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