Archives

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s I saw the rise of the personal computer. Though I was still a bit too young to actually have or use some of the earliest computers, I remember my older siblings having one. Great effort and time, was wasted to write long lines of code to accomplish very simple task. Entire groups of real floppy disk where in constant array around the computer, much like CD’s around a stereo, or DVD’s in front of the TV. From these memories I was able to closely relate to the Vintage Computer Archive. Profound thoughts of frustration and entertainment proceeded as I scanned the archive and ventured into the past. The staggering pace that technology has progressed makes these memories seam distant and ensures their position in history.

I find the scholarly archives and the experimental archives the be closely aligned with one another. Both forms provides the user with an ability to search the contained subject and in depth information on each. The information is arranged in a precise order and provides a comprehensive database about the subject in digital form. Where I find the types of archives differ is in forms of analysis provided on the information.The scholarly archives are centered around traditional accepted forms of analysis and structured scholarly interpretations. The experimental archives tended to provide broader methods and processes to interpret the information and seamed to have a more robust analysis that still left more to the user to process the information than providing end meaning.

 

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