||computer history, once a somewhat strange idea, has now taken the world by storm; a magazine or newsletter merely has to dip their ladle into the piles of nostalgia and older images of computing technology to guarantee readership, commentary and links. but what is it like to live in this just-past world of unusual keyboards, cartridge slots and 256 colors?
jason scott describes the process by which he became a collect of online artifacts, the strange twists and turns his journey has taken (both legal and financial) and the lessons he has learned towards the goal of "saving everything".
jason scott is a digital historian and documentary filmmaker based out of the northeastern us, focusing on bulletin board system culture of the 1970s and 1980s. he often finds himself well outside of that realm and has collected many archives of general computer and software history, which he makes available on various parts of his online archive, textfiles.com.