[Tig] [Old EDL Files on 8-Inch Floppy Disks]

Rob Lingelbach rob at colorist.org
Wed Mar 5 19:09:41 GMT 2008

On Mar 5, at 8:51 PM, Dwaine Maggart wrote:

> I tend to rely on Google a lot for finding esoteric information, and  
> it's
> always a shock to be reminded that it's not much use for older
> (pre-Internet?) technology stuff like this.

a couple of points on this fascinating (to me anyway) subject.  As  
more information is collated and digested, extracted and distilled, on  
Google, every day, the searches will have to be refined and narrowed  
in ever-more inscrutable ways.  Google will have to try to keep up  
with this, and though they're hugely capable, how do you disqualify  
reams and reams of information from commercial internet interests that  
aren't germane to your argument?

There was going to be, at one point a few years ago, an Internet2 for  
educational/informational and government hosts, that was going to be  
gatewayed into Internet1.  I don't know what happened to this plan.   
It would have been a way to cut the chaff of commercialism from the net.

Regarding older information, we used to have gopher, and there might  
one day soon be a replacement for this.

My main frustration with the net's commercialism is that pure  
information as postings, to "log-in" sites, requires a registration.   
And Usenet, that wonderful source of info from the 80s and 90s, has  
become useless (many reasons, mainly spamific and commercial).

Rob  *(who was deposed under oath testifying against the first spam on  
the net, from Cantor & Siegel in '94)

Rob Lingelbach
rob at colorist.org  http://www.colorist.org/robhome.html

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