[vcf-midatlantic] Could a Blockchain based file system be the answer!

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Fri Dec 22 11:33:42 EST 2017

First, responding to comments to my comments.

Clearly I know nothing about bitchain and torrent, so I won't comment 
further on those technologies. "Herb is curmudgeonly about this" - 
acknowledged, I did call myself "stone-age" for a reason. "hammer 
looking for a nail" seems to be an acknowledged call.

My comment on the Internet Archive was misread a bit. It collects the 
first few "layers" of Web content - not all of a site's files are 
preserved. Hence "wide not deep". If that changes, bless 'em and our 
good fortune.

On the issues - which to me are about content and acquisition.

The discussion is about technical methods and their merits. That's fine. 
A claimed motivation is "lost archives", which is or was an issue.  Many 
online archives become replicated now, some people like doing that, they 
often claim "duplication is preservation". Replication solves the 
problem. As on-line technology is getting cheaper and faster and bigger 
- I'm just not worried about the technical details or costs; for others 
that's their interests, and that's fine.

My worries, and Dave McGuire and others echos these, are motivating 
*people* -  to preserve content in the first place, to contribute to 
those who ARE preserving and who need support ($$$, show-of-interest, 
provide more content). I also worry about archiving institutions; they 
have merits and issues, that's another discussion. And I worry about 
"curation" - how to represent a thing, give it a context, a history. As 
Dave McGuire said, short-attention and narrow interests are problems.

Blockchain doesn't help us with block-heads, or about simple ignorance 
of the past, or with efforts to acquire and digitize. Or, with 
preserving artifacts and not just content. (shrug) but those are other 

Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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