Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Bill's plan for a disk boot archive distribution network
All I was saying is that there any many people who just want some boot
disk or another and do not have the time or resources to make their own
from an internet download. I just thought it would be nice to offer such
a service through MARCH to those who need a little help and/or are less
technical. Not everyone can make a cable for an 8" disk drive to a modern
PC, and the donation idea was just an afterthought.
To be organized by having a list of the boot disks that MARCH'ers have
offered to make is just a way to reduce support questions.
The responses to my post were predictable.
- --- "B Degnan" <billdeg@...> wrote:
> All I was saying is that there any many people who just want some boot
> disk or another and do not have the time or resources to make their own
> from an internet download. I just thought it would be nice to offer
> a service through MARCH to those who need a little help and/or are lessmodern
> technical. Not everyone can make a cable for an 8" disk drive to a
> PC, and the donation idea was just an afterthought.I don't know what to make of "predictable"; but I can respond to your
> To be organized by having a list of the boot disks that MARCH'ers have
> offered to make is just a way to reduce support questions.
> .Nothing more.
> The responses to my post were predictable.
idea above. Part of what you are suggesting can be read as, "let's
just share what MARCH members can do with their own systems".
Here's one idea. MARCH can help gather members and others to offer to
make system disks on their own equipment. MARCH can create a Web page
list of systems and owners (but no email addresses) and forward email
requests accordingly to those owners. That isolation protects
everyone's privacy and avoids spammers who gather email addresses. The
list can be on MARCH's Web site, and MARCH members can encourage other
archive sites to point to that list, so Web searches will find it.
As I pointed out, it's often the case that individual system owners
respond to requests for boot disks. I see that all the time in
comp.os.cpm. I forward requests for help from my own Web site, in the
way I've described above, from my site's descriptions of other
people's work on S-100 systems or disk formats, etc.
Evan talked about "regional" support and about bringing in "new"
computer collectors. This is a simple way to get involved, with MARCH
doing the Web work and aggregating interests and inquiries among
system owners old and new.
Any additional services, such as suggested by Bill, can emerge later
from the gathered base of system owners. If someone wants to do a
"universal" kind of boot disk service, more power to them, put them on
This does not address Kelly's archive of general software, but he
plans to offer that on his own terms; and that's not a hardware issue
like system disks are. (Kelly said so, that a PC can copy 90% of what
he has.) The original request which started this thread was for boot
disks. Kelly has some system disks himself, he can be on that proposed
list too if he wishes.
Jim suggested some new software or hardware may be needed; I don't see
that myself, the responses so far suggest old or current software and
hardware, or sometimes some specialized tools already in existance and
mentioned, will do the work. I'm familiar enough with that stuff to
agree. What about the future, Jim asks? Hard to predict the future,
I'm still working on the *past*. ;) But my preference is to build on
available efforts, not start new ones. Others like to do "new" stuff;
again, their preference.
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