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The society for the preservation of endangered warez

menace - 08:31 11 June 2018 #

We're here today to announce the formation of an association of individuals, dedicated to the preservation of scene-related software material, primarily through the dumping of physical media and sharing of the contents. As some will know, a small group of us has been doing this for years, even arranging "dumping stations" at events like Solskogen, where people were invited to come share their floppydisks and other ephemera so it can be dumped.

While efforts like this has existed in the game realm for many years, across all platforms and even for arcade machines and the like, to our knowledge noone has made an organized effort to actively form a group to help each other out and make sure things are preserved. The recent events in Belgium were 80 boxes of disks were digitized from an old collection of Amiga disks (and later, C64 disks) are just one event that has spured us on to start getting organized about these things. The two people starting this already has a good amount of hardware and knowhow on securing materials from floppies, cd-roms and harddrives.

So, we're getting organized. We hope to attract more likeminded people, and we have the following plans in the pipeline to get going;

- Setting up a simple website where we can explain what we do, present blogposts on ongoing projects, and where contact can be established with other dumpers and people with collections they would be interested in sharing.

- Setting up a site for sharing the materials - after all, sharing is caring. We're thinking FTP would be a good, open fit for this.

- Start recruiting other people to "join the team", so we have physical presence in several countries and areas

- Organizing more "dumping stations" at other demoparties around the world.

We hope to have more news soon, but no reason not to start talking already. We are available at the Demozoo Slack for now, more news soon.

Menace & Dozer.

Asle - 20:26 11 June 2018 #

Wholeheartedly with you, guys. And while I don't any way to do the actual dump work, I'm certainly available to analyze said dumps (Amiga/MS-DOS/Atari ST ?). That, if such a role is planed in the "association of individuals" :)

ltk_tscc - 09:52 30 June 2018 #

Well we do this in some way for the Atari XL/ST/Falcon stuff since a few years... there is a private group on Facebook called "Atari Scene Archivists"... we buy or borrow hugs disk lots and image them... most of the Stuff is finding it's way to Demozoo then :)

spiny - 09:03 3 July 2018 #

^ what ltk said :) I have thousands of floppys now, about 100 or so of which were 'lost' and are now here on demozoo :)

ltk_tscc - 18:28 4 July 2018 #

Spiny: You keep them? I sell them off again after imaging :)

menace - 22:14 12 July 2018 #

We were hoping to write the next chapter in this saga by launching some online presences at Solskogen this year, but unfortunately we had a little snafu due to a few power outages. :/ Rest assured though, it's just around the corner - so we'll have an official point of contact, and some tech in place to start sharing.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, we're not being lazy, we've setup in the Solskogen hall to dump some floppies :)

menace - 05:54 22 July 2018 #

Some post-Solskogen vacation hijinks are making us less than productive, but at least I've started to look at the stuff we dumped onsite, and so far it's revealed a few C64 cracks that were not on the internet at all before - classic stuff from 1986/1987. I've put it on Demozoo naturally, but also crossposted to CSDB, to get maximum eyes on the releases. Work continues.

Oh, and we bought a domain. :)

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