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SEAN McNAMARADATE BY
1 SEPTEMBER 2017
RETROCOMPUTING PRESERVATION USING MODERN TOOLS
Oz KFest 2017
Who am I?
Computer user since 1980 (TRS-80)

Apple ][ user since 1982

Mac user since 1984

Mac/Apple consultant since 1997

Apple ][ hoarder collector since 1998

WOzFest host since 2015

Contacts:

europlus@europlus.zone

europlus on a2c.chat

@apple2europlus on Twitter

https://the.europlus.zone/
Fair use of copyrighted material for non-profit
educational purposes is claimed for this presentation.
Preservation Through
Hoarding – a History
I accepted any retrocomputers
offered, including material I wasn’t
directly interested in collecting

Disks, software packages

Books, manuals, promotional
material

Now pass items on to those
interested in them
How and What to
Preserve?
Accepted methods and tactics depend on preservationist,
item type and item attributes (e.g. current rarity, original
popularity)

Hardware preservation

Software preservation

Software protection preservation

Print material preservation

There is no single “right way”
Preservation, Digitisation, Repair,
Refurbishment and Retr0brighting
Preservation vs digitisation

Digitisation of physical objects may see them altered
physically (e.g. sanding back ICs for MAME)

Period-correct vs modern vs workalike

When is an item no longer what it was?
Retrocomputing collectors share such questions with
classic car collectors

To Retr0bright, or not to Retr0bright – that is the
question
“Acceptable Preservation Methods”
is Subjective and Personal
Collectors and enthusiasts have the right to do with their items as
they see fit

What if the item is not rare, but digitisation is highly desirable?

Preservation technology will only improve

I personally err on the side of physically preserving when digitising

Medical ethics offers me guidance: “First, do no harm”

Earlier availability of material should be assessed against potential
future non-destructive preservation methods

What if the only way to preserve a software title is to remove disk
from sleeve for cleaning? Should we do so?
Modern Tools Differ for
Item Types
Retrocomputing hardware (electronic and
otherwise)

Software and storage media

Books, pamphlets, manuals, magazines

Other
Hardware Preservation
ESR for capacitors

Modern components vs
NOS vs parts salvage

Modern logic probes and
chip testers

Solid state storage

Retr0bright
STORRENCE, VCFED FORUMS
Software and Storage
Media
ADTPro

CFFA3000, Floppy Emu and other solid
state storage solutions

Ciderpress and other block-level capable
file managers

Passport – 58 protection schemes
recognised

imfEDDup (requires EDD card)

Bitsy-Rip – creates EDD files on IIgs without
EDD card

Applesauce – connect 5¼” drive to modern
computers via USB for imaging and
analysis

APPLESAUCE DISK IMAGING
Software Miscellany
Cleaning disks by removing
from sleeve

Combining data from
multiple corrupt disks

Software protection scheme
preservation and
documentation is a thing

------------Blazing Paddles------------
A 4am crack 2014-06-10
---------------------------------------
"Blazing Paddles" is a 1984 paint
program distributed by Baudville, Inc.
COPYA gives no read errors, but the
copy does not work. (EDD 4 bit copy
fares no better.) It displays the two
strings "BLAZING PADDLES" and "04431"
(apparently a version number of sorts),
then grinds the disk in a most unusual
fashion (hopping back and forth between
two tracks? trying to read a quarter
track? I've never heard anything like
it) until I frantically power off in an
attempt to save my 30 year old floppy
drive from twerking right off my desk.
Time for boot tracing, I suppose.
[S6,D1=original disk]
[S5,D1=my work disk]
Books, Manuals and Other
Print Media
Destructive vs non-destructive
digitisation

Sheet feed scanners

Flat bed scanners

Book scanners
Retrocomputing-related
Reproductions
Preserve the experience of using retrocomputers

Fonts, e.g. Silentype Font, PR Number 3,

Print Char 21

FPGA reproductions, e.g. Carte Blanche II

Workalikes, e.g. Replica 1

SBC-based emulators
CIRCUITBEARD.CO.UK
Acknowledgements
Andrew Roughan, Steve Kazoullis and the other
organisers of Oz KFest 2017

The developers of modern tools for preserving
retrocomputers and associated materials, allowing
these materials to be appreciated for years to
come

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Oz KFest 2017 Retrocomputing Preservation Using Modern Tools

  • 1. SEAN McNAMARADATE BY 1 SEPTEMBER 2017 RETROCOMPUTING PRESERVATION USING MODERN TOOLS Oz KFest 2017
  • 2. Who am I? Computer user since 1980 (TRS-80) Apple ][ user since 1982 Mac user since 1984 Mac/Apple consultant since 1997 Apple ][ hoarder collector since 1998 WOzFest host since 2015 Contacts: europlus@europlus.zone europlus on a2c.chat @apple2europlus on Twitter https://the.europlus.zone/ Fair use of copyrighted material for non-profit educational purposes is claimed for this presentation.
  • 3. Preservation Through Hoarding – a History I accepted any retrocomputers offered, including material I wasn’t directly interested in collecting Disks, software packages Books, manuals, promotional material Now pass items on to those interested in them
  • 4. How and What to Preserve? Accepted methods and tactics depend on preservationist, item type and item attributes (e.g. current rarity, original popularity) Hardware preservation Software preservation Software protection preservation Print material preservation There is no single “right way”
  • 5. Preservation, Digitisation, Repair, Refurbishment and Retr0brighting Preservation vs digitisation Digitisation of physical objects may see them altered physically (e.g. sanding back ICs for MAME) Period-correct vs modern vs workalike When is an item no longer what it was? Retrocomputing collectors share such questions with classic car collectors To Retr0bright, or not to Retr0bright – that is the question
  • 6. “Acceptable Preservation Methods” is Subjective and Personal Collectors and enthusiasts have the right to do with their items as they see fit What if the item is not rare, but digitisation is highly desirable? Preservation technology will only improve I personally err on the side of physically preserving when digitising Medical ethics offers me guidance: “First, do no harm” Earlier availability of material should be assessed against potential future non-destructive preservation methods What if the only way to preserve a software title is to remove disk from sleeve for cleaning? Should we do so?
  • 7. Modern Tools Differ for Item Types Retrocomputing hardware (electronic and otherwise) Software and storage media Books, pamphlets, manuals, magazines Other
  • 8. Hardware Preservation ESR for capacitors Modern components vs NOS vs parts salvage Modern logic probes and chip testers Solid state storage Retr0bright STORRENCE, VCFED FORUMS
  • 9. Software and Storage Media ADTPro CFFA3000, Floppy Emu and other solid state storage solutions Ciderpress and other block-level capable file managers Passport – 58 protection schemes recognised imfEDDup (requires EDD card) Bitsy-Rip – creates EDD files on IIgs without EDD card Applesauce – connect 5¼” drive to modern computers via USB for imaging and analysis APPLESAUCE DISK IMAGING
  • 10. Software Miscellany Cleaning disks by removing from sleeve Combining data from multiple corrupt disks Software protection scheme preservation and documentation is a thing ------------Blazing Paddles------------ A 4am crack 2014-06-10 --------------------------------------- "Blazing Paddles" is a 1984 paint program distributed by Baudville, Inc. COPYA gives no read errors, but the copy does not work. (EDD 4 bit copy fares no better.) It displays the two strings "BLAZING PADDLES" and "04431" (apparently a version number of sorts), then grinds the disk in a most unusual fashion (hopping back and forth between two tracks? trying to read a quarter track? I've never heard anything like it) until I frantically power off in an attempt to save my 30 year old floppy drive from twerking right off my desk. Time for boot tracing, I suppose. [S6,D1=original disk] [S5,D1=my work disk]
  • 11. Books, Manuals and Other Print Media Destructive vs non-destructive digitisation Sheet feed scanners Flat bed scanners Book scanners
  • 12. Retrocomputing-related Reproductions Preserve the experience of using retrocomputers Fonts, e.g. Silentype Font, PR Number 3,
 Print Char 21 FPGA reproductions, e.g. Carte Blanche II Workalikes, e.g. Replica 1 SBC-based emulators CIRCUITBEARD.CO.UK
  • 13. Acknowledgements Andrew Roughan, Steve Kazoullis and the other organisers of Oz KFest 2017 The developers of modern tools for preserving retrocomputers and associated materials, allowing these materials to be appreciated for years to come