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Poster: Dupenhagen Moonbat Date: May 23, 2015 4:32pm
Forum: texts Subject: Long Live the Archive

Our beloved (because she just works) Archive is on life support. When she finally gives up the ghost and goes, many who give her much of the depth, quality, and value she possesses, will go too -- and take their things with them. Allow me to disabuse you of the notion that those who speak their grievances are the cranky few. As a matter of fact, for each who speaks up, there are probably a few thousand either too reserved or resigned, but who will nonetheless vote with their feet. And to spell it out in no uncertain terms, that means they will delete their items files (no semantics/legalistic trap for this archivist) when they go. You who control the apparatus should have a lonnnnnnng thunk on that one.

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Poster: garthus1 Date: May 28, 2015 7:55pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Long Live the Archive

Dupenhagen, The Paid Elite and the Second-Class Content Providers: The INFOPORTAL that a group of us are working on will begin archiving information for its members on our own servers and providing a user-customizable interface which will be compact, fast, resource-stingy, and inherently optimized. The goal here is for users to be able to scrape the web for information that they need and then have it stored in a way which will enable them to quickly access it and utilize it in as optimal a way as-is-possible. See: Should be up and running before the end of next month. If I could say one thing which the INFOPORTAL will have and that the Internet Archive is sorely lacking is transparency. What that means is when someone deals with us they will not be dealing with a black box. All input will be considered and the rough gems and pearls that often come from those who tend to remain in the background will be considered as just as important as those being recommended by so-called academics and experts. The snobby elitist attitude of many who work in Academia and much of the nonprofits which they tend to affiliate with will not be tolerated in our group. If someone offers to work with us on a volunteer basis we will be happy to accommodate them as 'our' progress is 'everyone's' progress. Other than ushering at some shin-dig, I think those in power at the Archive fail to comprehend that there are many intelligent, devoted, and well-intentioned individuals volunteering their precious time, who would also volunteer their expertise and skills. Maybe I would have been better off applying for a job at the Archive ... but I do not think that everything I do should revolve around getting paid to do such work. There are a good number of us who are willing to devote their time and skills to help a noble Enterprise which is benefiting all of us. Sometimes I get the impression that archive management sees two classes of people ... 1 - those getting paid by the Archive to create and run the systems .. and those who are only good for submitting the content which incidentally is just as important and without which there would be no Archive. The second group apparently are second-class citizens and our input is of little importance to the paid elites who run the show. This type of attitude does not bode well for the long-tern survival of any organization which maintains such a class-stratified system. When creative people get 'pissed-off' they tend to go out of their way to prove a point and it is exactly those people who those in power at the Archive have made second-class participants. Each of my classes always began with a short lecture concerning people who talk about doing things (generally they like to tell people what to do and force their pre-conceived behavior models and beliefs upon others (Academics and bureaucrats tend to fall into this category) and people who just go out and do what is necessary to make systems work; the second type of person can usually be found in the real world creating, innovating, and building systems which optimize other systems or organizations. Harnessing the energy of the second group of people will help build a vibrant, useful, and long-lived organization. These type of people usually vote with their feet as Dupenhagen so astutely points out and will quickly abandon-ship if they feel that their talents, time, and energy are being wasted on satisfying the bloated egos of developers and administrators who care more about eye-candy and kudos; than they do about actually making the systems which they are responsible for better. I remember the Flash fiasco at the Archive some time ago, this waste of time, energy, and resources should have been a learning experience, but apparently there has been no learning taking place at the Archive concerning making stupid decisions. This problem can be easily addressed … publicize the Site-map and work-flow process plan which is being proposed for the Archive (The INFOPORTAL information was up on our German servers for nearly four months and will be back up when the site is fully functional). I suspect however that there is no plan and that progress is occurring in an ad hoc fashion, prove me wrong please and post the plan otherwise I can only assume that this infected bureaucracy (the Archive Administration) is no different than that of State, Federal or most Local governments … and most non-profits and Corporate entities. If there was a plan and it was publicly accessible, the discourse would be focusing on how to make it better not on “what on Earth are you doing”. This is not the way to innovate and achieve Optimal Work-flow processes. Nature has proven that competition is good for systems because it forces them to run optimally, this may be hard for some individuals to accept … but when competition comes and the rubber hits the road, the race is often won by the better system … not the one with better eye-candy or cool looks. I raced cars several times in my life when I was younger and was often asked why I did not paint my car nicely or use it for advertising some-such crap being sold locally. I would ask the individual proposing the question what the purpose of a racing car was … WINNING THE RACE, OBVIOULSY … and then ask them what the effect on the capability of the racing car was whether it was painted nicely or with gray primer ...THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS, NO EFFECT; so why spend my time wasting it on painting the car when how that car ran would determine whether I would win the race or not. So ask the Brainiacs who instituted that gosh-awful infinite scroll-bar concept … I would be less critical of it and that black-bar abomination that drops down when I get near the top of the page … what the purpose of that cr-p was. This would all be discussed sanely if the Site-plan (if one actually exists) would have been released for all to see 6 (six) months ago. This fiasco has gotten a group of us so motivated that hopefully some good will come out of it. Maybe the Archive powers-to-be will actually come up with and present a Site-plan showing what they really intend to do with the Archive System. Best wishes, Gerry Gerard Arthus 409 Lowell Avenue East Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 Email – Cell - 631-335-5250 Home - 574-217-8726 (For Course Portal) (Philosophical Discussions) (Poems)
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Poster: Dupenhagen Moonbat Date: Jun 22, 2015 8:51pm
Forum: texts Subject: The Beta Express Train Wreck

I haven't blown off your reply, garthus1, but I have been known to be glacial in my correspondence. I've been working lately with a nifty program called HTTrack in an effort to download at least a few of the essential elements and parts of the workings of the Internet Archive we've come to love. For example, the program which had provided the flip-book view of your album covers in the Texts section, I had originally thought went bye-bye with Beta. The program had actually been hobbled or otherwise limited to function therein only via fullscreen -- probably by the disabling or restriction of iframes, among other ways. More recently, the fullscreen button is missing, and only the stark stupid black-backgrounded player remains, sans any remnant of the flip-book viewer. The Archive has gone, then, from a classic page which just works, to a Beta page which is a wreck -- and no, Archive wheels, simply telling folks to change "details" to "stream" in the URL (yet another lame Classic/Beta equivalency dodge) doesn't cut it. It occurs to me that hobbling is merely the tip of the iceberg in what's coming, as far as nonfunctionality goes. Bottom line: we should download the working flip-book viewer (and the Archive's other essential parts), using tools like HTTrack or whatever's at hand while we can. The Archive wheels take the community of archivists and their following -- yes, their following -- for granted. They (the wheels) have an odd notion that people and their efforts are so many widgets, disposable at whim. They are sadly mistaken. They, like their kinsmen in worldview, the purveyors of the Affordable Care Act, for instance, expect a brain trust, whether it's doctors or technologists (hate to break it to you, Archive wheels, but you don't have a corner on that market), to remain in place and take a pummeling. No, thinking people remove themselves to saner circumstances by removing their intellectual capital, whether that means going into business rather than medicine, or leaving, taking their capital offshore -- or offsite, as the case may be. There's something smelly about the Beta which wheels in charge at the Archive aren't telling us. I suspect it has to do with that arsehole Eric Schmidt's decision to punish those who don't make their sites more mobile-aesthetic, using his anti-trust law violating Valhalla known as Google and its monopoly power as a club. I applaud your efforts to counter the sinister turn they're taking by moving in a positive direction and creating a front-end that actually works, rather than pads Eric Frickin' Schmidt's wallet at our expense.
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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: May 28, 2015 8:26am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Just Say No to Arsehole Valhalla

the bookreader is open source. a link to the code can be found at

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Poster: mzlizizaninja Date: Jun 2, 2015 8:21am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Beta Express Train Wreck

Eric Schmidt????

I didn't know he's on the forum, whats his handle?

Are Sergey & Larry among us, too?