Restoration technique [Was: Re: Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000]

js at js at
Mon Jan 12 15:53:54 CST 2015

On 1/12/2015 4:03 PM, Robert Jarratt wrote:
> I know we are mostly old curmudgeons around here (including me!), and 
> I very much like my printed books, but perhaps technology could come 
> to the rescue here. It wouldn't be hard to create a wiki where this 
> kind of information is collected, rather than distributed all over a 
> mailing list. And, with many hands, the work is much lighter. Perhaps 
> a bit idealistic, but the idea *could* fly if there was enough 
> critical mass. I can imagine sections on general techniques and then 
> on particular brands and machines, and there wouldn't need to be a 
> restriction on subject matter in terms of periods in history or other 
> dimensions, just whatever people are able to contribute. I can also 
> imagine edit wars if there is disagreement about something (eg 
> capacitor reforming), but we could try to be civilised and present the 
> differing opinions in that case. Isn't there someone on the list who 
> has been offering lots of server capacity? It could be hosted there. 
> Regards Rob 

It's not just information.  It's more craft, skill, handmanship.   Those 
are kinds of things are taught by apprenticeship.. not by book reading.

The right information, in the right hands, produces restoration.

- J.

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