Ethan Gates

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

Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

ok self-hosting Wordpress folks - what's a good/simple alternative plugin to Jetpack for uptime monitoring? literally I basically just want an email when/if my site goes down so I can quickly reboot the server and (hopefully) keep it up while I have time to circle back round to proper troubleshooting

1 day ago
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

EaaSI users and onlookers rejoice: we've reset the development roadmap to better reflect the immediate priorities and functionality the program team is pursuing

tl;dr we're investing heavily in features to improve EaaSI's use as a "virtual reading room"-type access platform for special collections, and giving estimates based on what's conceivable in the coming calendar year versus trying to project the full scope of dev work in a two-year grant cycle is a blessing

forum.eaasi.cloud/t/announcing

February 01, 2024
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

These are all things that I enjoyed this year! If you haven't enjoyed them yet, I hope you do!

ethan-gates.com/2023/12/best-o

December 26, 2023
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Hello! Don't think I've forgotten about Qiwi: release 0.6.0 adds on a menu to convert and/or compress your existing disk images

(this update brought to you by the crusade against the fallacy that emulation for appraisal or access requires keeping around giant raw copies of hard drives!!!)

gitlab.com/EG-tech/qiwi/-/rele

December 15, 2023
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

why did Zoom remove the link to download an ICS from recurring meeting invitations????

i'm so annoyed, I'm so close to a unified user management strategy but each link in the chain (Discourse, Zoom, Outlook) is separately missing one piece of functionality that, were any one of them available, would click everything together. But no:

- Discourse won't generate events with the recurrence I need
- Zoom has totally obfuscated ICS files
- Outlook won't create a Contact Group from a CSV

AHHHHHH

December 06, 2023
Ethan Gates
The_BFOOL@digipres.club

Catching up with adding the iPres proceedings to my emulation bibliography, and wow, even for a conference historically very friendly to the discussion, it was a banner year for write-ups of emulation use cases and technology for digital preservation!!! I counted 8 new papers (and even a couple others with glancing mentions that I excluded because the connection was tenuous for the purposes of this bibliography, e.g. one passing mention of emulation in the NDSA levels)

zotero.org/ethan-gates/collect

December 06, 2023