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How Do You Archive Old DV Footage?

A/V Filter: What's the best long-term way to archive and view miniDV tapes recorded on a Sony video camera? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Aug 13, 2011 - 3 answers

 

How do I open a TwinLock Crown binder?

I have a TwinLock Crown binder made in the UK dating from 1950. I would very much like to open it, remove the pages, scan them, and replace them. However, although it looks like it can be opened, the binding mechanism is entirely obscured by the binding itself. There is a metal tab at the top near the front, but it doesn't seem to move, and I'm hesitant to put pressure on it since I don't know in what direction that pressure should be applied, and I'd rather leave it closed than break it. How can I do this; is it even possible? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Aug 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Recovering the contents of a stolen Blogger blog

A Blogger blog was hacked. The perpetrator declared he'll delete all content pretty soon. It's six years of work I want to save. [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Jul 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Looking for a (free) online database system

I am on the lookout for a free online database and would like your opinion on the options out there. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jul 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Dot dot, dot dot dot, dash, dot dot dot dot, dot--oh, screw it

Is there a repository for old telegrams? [more inside]
posted by wpenman on Jul 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Quick look at an old .pst file?

Outlook filter: How can I easily view an archived .pst file? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jul 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me locate episodes of an old podcast.

Where might I find episodes of a defunct podcast called Josh In Japan (circa 2006) that is no longer on iTunes and no longer has a web site? Do any of you mefites have the files sitting on your hard drive? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

What online archives have the best design and UI?

Have you ever seen an online archive with an unbelievable design for users? A large archival online collection that's easy to navigate, tells you exactly what you want to know, and loads easily? Can you tell me what it is? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Best way to archive text messages from my phone & are these ones legit?

Does anyone know anything about iblissLIVE or youarchive.it or iTextUpoader? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 12, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I locate recordings of a CBC radio program from the early 1980s?

How do I locate recordings of a CBC radio program from the early 1980s? [more inside]
posted by googly on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

When to start looking for jobs after new degree

When coming from extended period at current job (3+ years), when should I start looking for other jobs after getting a second degree? (Library-related) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Retrieve multiple email contents

How might I retrieve the text contents of c. 6,000 emails, and put each one into a separate field or document? [more inside]
posted by tawny on Apr 11, 2011 - 6 answers

What can I use to easily archive web pages that I've bookmarked to my hard drive?

What can I use to easily archive web pages that I've bookmarked to my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Apr 5, 2011 - 11 answers

What's your method for archiving home video?

What's your method for archiving home video? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 4, 2011 - 2 answers

"Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness."

I just received a grant to conduct original research on Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Yay! Now what? [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on Feb 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer.

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer. [more inside]
posted by dancingfruitbat on Feb 15, 2011 - 5 answers

How to scan a notebook's blue gridlines?

I draw and write with a variety of black pens in a Rhodia Reverse notebook. The notebook's paper is gridded with thin bluish lines, which I appreciate to help with ruling, etc., and because I like how the grid pattern looks with my drawings. I'd like to scan the notebook for safekeeping, but find that my scanner will only pick up a fraction of the gridding. I don't know if the gridlines are a true photo blue, but is there any way to ensure that my scans will match how I see the pages? I'm using an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner.
posted by the sobsister on Jan 31, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get a video off a major news site?

Is there a way to get a video off of a news website like CNN.com? [more inside]
posted by ImBitman on Jan 12, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I *easily* backup terabytes of data to optical media?

Looking for a good way to get a backup my photo archive to DVDs. [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you help a British artist choose his database software?

Do you have any experience working with art gallery-specific database systems? I'd love some advice on choosing the right software to help organize a mid-career artist and his sprawling archive. [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Dec 9, 2010 - 5 answers

How does one search old comic books for minor themes?

Deep Searching Old Comics for Research in the Humanities: How does one search old comic books for something that may amount to set-dressing? I'm looking for depictions of public housing projects in U.S. comics from 1950 – 1980. What tools or approaches can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 6, 2010 - 23 answers

So what exactly are "cables"?

The WikiLeaks release of U.S. diplomatic cables, as detailed in this New York Times article, left me wondering a few things... [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Nov 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for ideas for photo and document scanning, storage, and translation

Best practices for scanning, care, and storage of old documents and photos? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Fastest way to burn multiple clips directly from camera to DVD?

To archive some work in a class I'm teaching, I would like to record a series of video clips, burning each student's clips to their own rewriteable DVD as we go. Then, on the last day of class, I'd like to quickly finalize a DVD for each person that constains only that person's clips. What device do I want? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Location-aware photos = virtual reality on an ipad?

Is there software that lets me move around an ipad/iphone/android in 3D space and see the world through a huge collection of old photo? Think Microsoft Photosynth displayed on an ipad with accelerometer data to change the picture. (I've got the photo collection; I just need to find a program/device that will let me display it.) [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Oct 27, 2010 - 1 answer

In Search of Lost Sites

My website was "deleted" from the hosting company's servers. How can I restore it? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Oct 18, 2010 - 11 answers

How to export Outlook PST mail archives to a text format

How do I export Outlook .pst mail archives to a text format for backup purposes? [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Oct 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Recommend good software for cataloging my library of vinyl music

Looking for the best solution for cataloging my vinyl collection - is collectorz.com's Music Collector my best bet, or is there something more customizable and/or tailored to vinyl collectors? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards on Sep 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Twitter Archive

I want to find tweets going back over a month with a certain #tag (from different twitters), but "older tweets are not currently available" and it's only showing a couple of days worth at most. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Aug 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Please keep me from slowly destroying all my good stuff.

I have a bunch of pieces of art that I'm not displaying, but I'm not sure how I should be storing them. What's the best way to protect and preserve them (preferably without spending a zillion dollars)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Mac unzip/unrar software with preview?

Is there unZIPping/unRARing software for the Mac that allows you to see what's inside of an archive file without extraction? Seems like double-clicking on archives with any software I've used immediately extracts the files within. I'd like to be able to preview those files first, and perhaps selectively extract, or not extract at all.
posted by shivohum on Aug 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Where's Fats?

How do I source a photograph? As in who took it and where I can get it? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Where can I find an old US government report?

Where can I find an old US government document? I found a reference to it in the June 1912 Monthly Catalogue of United States Public Documents: Sabath, A. J. Report amending by substitute H. 23284, to authorize Great Northern Development Company to construct dam across Missisippi River from Scott Countv, Iowa, to Rock Island Countv, 111. June 14, 1912. 3 p. (H. rp. 891.)
posted by clockworkjoe on Jul 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I best preserve several boxes of family photos, letters, and documents?

I have a large amount of family letters, photos, and documents dating from the late 1800s to the 2000s, with most ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some are in fair condition, and I'd like preserve them for future generations. Most are in English, but there's a smattering of Hebrew and French, neither of which I can read. My questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to consolidate multiple mail accounts in one location for archiving

I’d like to archive in a single web-based location my email messages from several separate web-based accounts. What are my options?
posted by Dragonness on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

What's the best way to print a lot of (different) digital photos?

The thing about the digital photography era is I no longer have hard copies of every single picture I take. This worries me. I'd like physical backups of the best of the billion or so pictures I've taken in the last five years. Is there a great and economical way to print several thousand DIFFERENT digital photos? Some online service? Some wonderful workflow? [more inside]
posted by saltykmurks on Jun 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Help Me Digitize these clips

How should I digitize/archive these clippings? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jun 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Real or fictional examples of government erasing information from an archive.

I'm trying to brainstorm real or fictional examples of some government or person in power trying to change or hide historical information by erasing, changing, or withholding items from a library or archive. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Jun 2, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me archive my T-shirts

I want to properly archive a large collection of T-shirts. What's the best way to store these, considering that the most important part is the print, which is made of Plastisol, a PVC-based ink? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on May 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me show them who I was

I just found out that I have a very serious disease. I may have only a couple of years left, probably no more than five. I have two very young kids. How do I archive stuff on the Web so I know they'll have access to it, whenever they want, for at least the next 40 years? [more inside]
posted by 0BloodyHell on May 25, 2010 - 25 answers

Please to make smaller file!

Why doesn't the compress feature on my Mac actually compress the files? It creates a .zip file but it's usually only a couple hundred k smaller than the original. [more inside]
posted by amanda on May 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Something besides insurance fraud.

What should we do with over 10,000 pictures of food? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains on Apr 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Make an online list of books I've read?

Do you know some sort of online database of books where you can make a profile and compile a list of what you've read? (more explanation) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Apr 21, 2010 - 11 answers

What blogs/books should I read before creating an archival database?

I'm making an archival database (in Excel) with about 10,000 rows and 6-7 columns for each row. I'm doing this so the information will be easy to cross-reference and search. I've never done anything like this before and am looking for books, blogs, etc. for tips, suggestions, and anything that will make my life and this project easier.
posted by melodykramer on Mar 29, 2010 - 16 answers

What are the best short histories and articles in the history of the New Yorker?

What are the best short histories and articles in the history of the New Yorker? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Mar 14, 2010 - 20 answers

Oral History Hosting

Can you recommend a website that is useful for storing oral history recordings? [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

They Appear When I'm Not Looking

Where online can I find masterful montages for design reference and inspiration? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Advice for recording a dying language

My grandmother's first language is nearly extinct. I'd like to record an interview with her for archival purposes; how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by decagon on Feb 26, 2010 - 22 answers

OMG. ZIP? WTF!

I need to find a tutorial that will easily - stress EASILY - explain to the viewer or reader how to get all the wonderful goodness out of a .ZIP file, but without instructing them to download third party software (winzip, winrar...) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Feb 24, 2010 - 7 answers

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