Are you, or someone you know, sitting on a horde of unpreserved Apple ][ software?
Jason Scott has put out the call for such collections which might still be “in the wild”.
In his capacity as Software Collections Curator at the Internet Archive, Jason has been instrumental in garnering preserved titles for that site and making them playable, in-browser(!).
The summary in Jason’s post says:
Conditions are very, very good right now for easy, top-quality, final ingestion of original commercial Apple II Software and if you know people sitting on a pile of it or even if you have a small handful of boxes, please get in touch with me to arrange the disks to be imaged.
I don’t really need to add anything to what Jason has already said in that summary, or in the detail Jason adds in his post – if you have (or know of) such a collection, reach out to Jason (or me) to find out how you might be able to preserve it.
Maybe we can get some disk preservation done at WOzFest PR#6 – with newer versions of i’m fEDD up and Passport available (and other products in the pipeline) it might be a good time to redouble our Apple ][ preservation efforts!
Your only other job is to spread the word!
It’s time for real life to get in the way of my retrocomputing hobby in a structured way again, so I’ve officially entered Retrochallenge 2017/04!
And what better way to celebrate “unfinished business” than to return to my Retrochallenge 2016/10 entry with a “europlus Refurbapalooza Revisit”?
I got what I generously call a “heap” done last time, but I still have a different “heap” to do!
I have rubber feet to apply.
I have power supplies to test.
I have cases to swap.
I have motherboards to test.
I basically have more on my list than I should reasonably expect of myself when trying to get more renovations work done (shhhhhh!) and WOzFest PR#6 to prepare for!
But if I don’t enter, I won’t have entered…or “something something inspirational”, anyway – I do know I would be unlikely to do anything retrocomputer-related (other than WOzFest prep) if I didn’t enter, and no-one wins in that scenario (spouses and renovations excluded).
So, harass me for updates if I’m silent, goad me for more if I’m under-performing, celebrate my wins with me, commiserate in times of adversity, but whatever you do, enter Retrochallenge 2017/04 with me!