The archive MITH’s Vintage Computers archive was something I found fascinating. Just browsing the list of items I found myself studying types of hardware and software I had forgotten about or never knew existed. MITH gives great example of what Sample describes as platform story. Just like we tagged The Cantos in class MITH tags each item with a tag that references either the platform it was used with or the type of interface it is. When someone clicks on a tag, such as video card, a new list will appear showing all of the other video cards making it easier to find and compare parts you were looking for.
The introduction of the MITH archive claims that the items were not just artifacts but tools that helped retrieve information about obsolete media and technology. This made me think of the quote from Werner/Voss that said “the archive’s teleological function and its claims to universality- the accumulation, conservation, and transmission of the totality of human knowledge- in ways that encourage us to re-imagine its dimensions” (Werner/ Voss ii). Reading the introduction of the archive makes it clear that they aren’t just making a list of old technology but instead they are assembling a list in order to preserve pieces that paved the way for the technology we have today. They want us to be able to see how important the older forms of technology were to that time and how the world was affected by it. MITH is a great archive for the computer history because it indexes important pieces that played a major role in society then and how their influence on today.