Ethan Gates

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

Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Hi! I write docs. I like to try different platforms/tools for writing those docs to see what works best. I also like to preview them locally before I push them online.

What I'm saying is, my terminal is a f***ed hellscape of virtual envs and hidden config folders. Please help.

December 11, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club
twitter link

LOLOLOLing at Jack Dorsey's "twitter is going to create an open decentralized standard for social media" announcement
twitter.com/jack/status/120476

"up to five" architects and engineers WOW SO GENEROUS AND SUSTAINABLE dear god

December 11, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Now on to: "A People's History of Computing in the United States" by Joy Lisi Rankin
goodreads.com/book/show/385020

December 10, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

On this dreary Monday morning, please enjoy My First Browser Extension, now available for Firefox Add-ons (Chrome review pending)

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

This is an early Christmas gift built on request, but let it be a beacon for everyone struggling with self-doubt

(Also I will post the code shortly, when able, but I don't want to ruin the surprise and I promise there is literally no JavaScript included)

December 09, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

One for the digipres book club: anyone read this one? I'm enjoying (well, "enjoying", it's good is the point)

goodreads.com/book/show/401219

December 06, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Help for an XML novice: I have a set of individual XML files/records. I want to extract the value of two or three elements in each record and export those to, e.g. a CSV.

Can I do this with XPath?

November 11, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Happy World Digital Preservation Day, club!

youtube.com/watch?v=_jMCteeo7v

November 07, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Taking a Friday afternoon campus-wide server outage as an opportunity to catch up on reading: NDSA Levels of Preservation 2.0, DLF's Levels of Born-Digital Access, NARA's file format preservation plans.....quite the month!

November 01, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Next Thursday, for World Digital Preservation Day I'll be live-streaming configuration of new environments for the EaaSI Sandbox. Please tune in and chat Linux, RDM, QEMU and EaaSI with me!

Nov. 7, approx. 1:00-3:00 EST

Hold on to your (Red) hats

twitch.tv/the_bfool

October 31, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Does anyone know of any good tutorials or resources for learning Docker? Like a Carpentry or Programming-Historian style intro?

October 17, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

maybe don't set up Docker and bridged networks for VMs willy-nilly on your laptop when you have no idea how networking works and then spend waaaaaaay too much time trying to figure out why you can't connect to the department SMB share

October 15, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Can't even read fiction in peace anymore

October 08, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

I'm in a podcatcher conundrum:

Pocket Casts is much better designed (other than their WILD use of the word "archive") but is missing Stitcher-exclusive shows and back catalogs

Stitcher has the Premium content but alphabetizes shows starting with "The" under "T"

What do I do

September 21, 2019
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Howdy! If you're interested at all in the BitCurator/EaaSI crossover hackathon next week at iPres, why not sign up for our dedicated Slack space?

bit.ly/BC-EaaSI-Slack

If you're not going to Amsterdam, no worries - neither am I! We hope the hackathon can be a launching pad for a number of ongoing communal documentation and scripting projects that we've always wanted to see/make. Suggest, converse, contribute!

September 13, 2019