Ethan Gates

Software preservation. Moving image archivist/technician. Soviet Cinema enthusiast. Passionate about film, TV, audiovisual cables. He/him.

Ethan Gates

Has anyone ever witnessed a problem with BitCurator seemingly spontaneously wiping its own grub install? Perhaps on system reboot?

Context: a while back I imported and (successfully) used one of the pre-built BitCurator 2.0.16 VMs in Emulation-as-a-Service. I've returned to that environment and I now only get the "grub rescue>" prompt, and it seems like the core "normal" grub module is just...gone?

4 days ago
Ethan Gates

My collection of published resources on emulation in digipres has been added to the SPN Software Preservation Bibliography (a public Zotero library of sites and references for software preservation)!

This is another one of those side projects that I might be weirdly more proud of than my regular duties - it's been fun to track to fill in the gaps and now really see the various stages of emulation in archival discussions/use cases over the past 25 years

July 16, 2021
Ethan Gates

My father-in-law revealed a trove of Video8 tapes - home movies from the late '80s/early '90s - this weekend while we were visiting

He still had the original camcorder (w/ composite line-out multi-connector) too, so with great luck I won't have to go hunting for an expensive deck to transfer

However, I just realized that he did *not* have the DC power add-on, so all I have are lithium batteries that at time of original purchase held power for (checks manual) 1 hour

*cracks knuckles*

June 22, 2021
Ethan Gates

why is the Adobe CC *installer* 2.3 GB

June 14, 2021
Ethan Gates

pssst for the past ~6 months when I had a minute I'd tweak on a redesign of QEMU QED and it's finally shareable:

June 11, 2021
Ethan Gates

coming at you soon

June 04, 2021