Tucker; in mid-jump, Flickr, Wayback Machine, Commodores and Modern ASCII Art

Another picture and playing around with the camera some more, Flickr


Another nice action shot taken with the Canon A570 IS. Continually impressed with the 570’s features, quality, and quality of the pics.

Lots of interesting little things with the camera along with the bigger features – I discovered yesterday that when you’re looking at previews if you tilt the camera is automatically rotates the images on the screen to keep it horizontal, kinda like the Iphone.

This pic is hosted on Flickr, and was posted to this blog using the integrated blogger poster. Works nicely. I’ve been a member of Flickr for quite sometime but never got around to using it much – there’s so many photo hosting sites and places to set up photo albums…

Anyway, I recently got back into using it. Very nice; nice choice of uploaders, the ability to organize your photos via a JAVA drag and drop applet, and the EXIF info from your pics are read by the site and posted (if you want it to be). And you can make photos private if you wish, important sometimes. Also, lots of photos from the Jefferson County area by others.

Will our websites be archived for eternity?

I’ve often wondered and pondered if the stuff we write in blogs, the websites we make, and other things on the Internet are REALLY going to be archived forever, or such? Not just for a few years, or five or ten years, but a long time.

Sure, there’s a lot of things that you maybe don’t want being available “forever” or even for a long period of time (and sometimes for no period of time).

But what about that genealogy website you joined and painstakingly added your entire family to – will it be available to distant relatives a hundred years down the line? Will your artwork you posted on your website? Or your photos? Or a posting on a forum website for dog ownership that is what you consider to be the best philosophical statement you’ve ever made, something so deep you’ll never be able to do better?

I think in the far future (if the human race is still around and still civilized) much information will still be available from our time period, though probably very patchy. Sites like the Wayback Machine are massive archives of websites, websites of many descriptions and various types. And not just the newest stuff but ranging over long time periods (at least “long” in the computer world). Google and other sites too (and if you listen to some people even your Google searches and the e-mail you deleted from Gmail are saved somewhere).

I think some data will be lost, some will never be archived in the first place, others will be archived but those archives will not themselves be stored permanently.

Commodores, ASCII ArtMaybean occasional reader to this blog will remember the “good ol’ days” of the Commodore and the burgeoning of the home computer, back in the 80’s. I started out with the Commodore Vic-20, 5 whole KB of RAM! Wow. I had a tape drive, an 8k memory expansion (I even learned to do “high res” graphics), and some other accessories. I graduated to the Commodore 64, wore one out and bought another, then the Commodore 128 and wore at least one of those out too. I even started setting up businesses with Commodores and writing my own programs for myself and businesses. In fact, some people were still using databases and software I set up well into the mid-90’s (hard to believe).Hey, they were the thing at that time, along with TI-99’s, Atari’s, etc. But Commodore was the most popular, I believe.At one time, even though bit-mapped graphics were readily available on these machines, ASCII art got kinda popular. Making pictures from the text on your keyboard. BBS‘s used it for their opening screens, etc (you don’t remember BBS’s? No, they were the things we used before the Internet started being used by individuals. I even wrote my own software and ran one for a bit – didn’t everyone at that time?)Here’s a website that kinda brings that all back (though people never stopped using ASCII art on their computers) – Photo2text. Upload a pic and their computer automatically creates an ASCII text picture.Kinda nice, you can also do it all in 1’s and 0’s, shaded text, etc.The difference between the Days of Commodore and now is that the computer does it itself, back in the day you had to painstakingly create your ASCII art by hand. 

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