David Helbich – http://davidhelbich.blogspot.de/
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IBM’s first magnetic disk memory storage, RAMAC. Total storage capacity: 5,000,000 characters (5 megabytes)
“My Petabyte Roommate”: Jason Scott spends a night at Internet Archive and cozies up to the Wayback machine
Extensive post on Rhizome about INSERT DISC. Thx Ben!! :)
Satellite Collections by Jenny Odell
Series of digital prints collates types of objects found on Google Satellite View and places them together:
In all of these prints, I collect things that I’ve cut out from Google Satellite View— parking lots, silos, landfills, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that say: people were here.
The alienation provided by the satellite perspective reveals the things we take for granted to be strange, even absurd. Banal structures and locations can appear fantastical and newly intricate. Directing curiosity toward our own inimitably human landscape, we may find that those things that are most recognizably human (a tangle of carefully engineered water slides, for example) are also the most bizarre, the most unlikely, the most fragile.
Giza 3D gives virtual tourists access to an immersive environment simulating the Great Pyramids, complete with ’ancient funeral rites’: a collaboration between Dassault Systèmes and the Harvard Peabody Museum.
The collections and repositories that these institutions house live or die as a function of the communities that animate them, whether now or in the future. And there is no inherent reason why such animation should be provided only by bona fide researchers and scholars, rather than by students of all ages, citizen scholars, collectors, or merely curious internauts.
(Historically Informed) Time Travel, Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard MetaLab