September 14th, 2008
|jimbojones||11:15 am - data retention|
So I was preparing for an operating system reload today, and decided that since I no longer use Windows, there's no reason to maintain the rather large set of install files for Windows software that I used to keep onhand. Going and getting rid of that led me to tooling around some REALLY seldomly travelled areas, which was kinda cool - trip down WAAAYYY back memory lane. Interestingly, Ubuntu plays the old Amiga MOD files - 4-track compositions sort of like MIDIs, except using digital samples (like WAVs) embedded into the file itself - right out of the box, so I could listen to the music I thought was amazingly rich and high-tech in the old MS-DOS days. Heh.
And on the serious electronic archaeology tip, I found this:
Note the "Modified" timestamp - I've had that file in live storage without a break for more than TWENTY YEARS.
Can anybody else top that? =)
Current Mood: lol
Current Music: Pogo - Alice
As best as I can recall:
Apple ][ DOS (and/or possibly ProDOS)
FAT16 (via WyseDOS, PC-DOS, then MS-DOS)
Or if you'd rather count operating systems on the storage hosts: Apple DOS, 3 incarnations of IBM PC style DOS, Win95 OSR1, Win95 OSR2, Win98, WinNT4, Win2K, FreeBSD, and Ubuntu Linux.
In actual fact I have quite a few files that are that old, but that's the oldest one I found that still had the original timestamp intact. (Most versions of DOS and Windows are notorious for not preserving timestamps on normal copy operations.)