Emulators of Classic Computers

From: Robert Feldman <r_a_feldman_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Wed Jan 14 20:57:35 2004

I'll make some comments on several posts here, even though Sellam's is
copied below.

The committes working on the problem have come up with recommendations that
match Sellam's points #1 and #2. It is likely that we will be able to get
donations of software and documentation to handle some of #3. There is not
much support for #4. Storage will probably be in a live archive such as
DSpace or Fedora.

As to emulators, we are interested in more than PC's. Some of the early CAD
programs were in-house ones written at Skidmore Owens and Merril here in
Chicago. They ran on PDP's (11?) using Tektronic terminals.

In response to Ted's suggestion to make paper printouts, that won't work for
a 3D model with a lot of attached information about materials, suppliers of
doors, etc. If you output one view, you loose an almost infinite number of
other views, as well as the attached information. Also, paper won't work for
an animated fly-through of a building.

Granmted that there are many problems with trying to preserve digital data
that is in proprietary formats, but the AIC wants to make a start, and to be
able to do it in a way that preserves as much of the richness of the data as


Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 13:40:12 -0800 (PST)
From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Subject: Re: Emulators of Classic Computers
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
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.

Sellam Ismail                                        Vintage Computer 
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