I'm putting this letter sent to me here, because I think it's a valid idea but don't have time to develop it. I'm throwing it out to the larger world to get people interested.
This is partly "fuck the cloud" and partly "archive team" related. Are we not preparing ourselves to support crippled "cloud enabled" devices when their master servers somewhere on the internet go bye-bye?
I'm a fan of some of these neat little Internet-enabled devices. I got a second-hand Squeezebox (Internet radio) and a Karotz (Internet radio-rabbit-camera "companion") and have noticed that both of these products have gone through major outages and are as good as dead when the providers decide their useful life is done. What about when Honeywell finally buys out Nest and kills the early products? Will the firmware be smart enough to revert back to a dumb thermostat, or will it just freeze out the house (literally) when it can't contact the server?
We're building up for a lot of future-worthless devices right now. The old BlackBerry phones will be quite worthless without a BlackBerry server on the other side of the cell antenna. iPhones will be pretty crap due to their hooks into iCloud. Androids should in theory be hackable to be somewhat autonomous.
And these purpose-built devices will become more and more worthless. Not only data, but the devices themselves are going to go "down" and become junk. Sure, there's hope with standard ARM platforms, common Android operating systems that we can hack, but there's still plenty of embedded crap that has dependencies on some central server that's duct-taped together.
Are many thinking about creating/reverse engineering some of these server-side apps to make these devices functional past their prime? I'm thinking about the process of patching various devices to point to a new server (or acquiring the old domain) and reviving/simulating server side functionality so these devices work once again. This shouldn't be required, it stinks of faking a DRM server to play weird windows media files or patching a FlexLM license server so some bizarro software can run again.
Bandwidth, interactivity, complexity, it's all going to factor in hosting these kinds of things, but this is just a thought.
Use this for your own thoughts, integrations, ideas, talks, I don't mind at all (but if you want to credit me in some footnote, I'm happy with that but not necessary).
If this was a bunch of blah-blah, my apologies - but I was thinking this might be up your alley. Happy new year and good luck finishing up the DEFCON documentary!
Ryan Sayre London, United Kingdom SW6 4UJ
- The Networked devices page on the File Formats wiki (an Archive Team subdomain) would be a good place to document anything anybody has managed to discover or reverse-engineer about how those gadgets store and transmit data, where they send it to and receive it from, and how to hack and jailbreak them. Dan Tobias 23:22, 10 May 2013 (EDT)
Lotsa Lotsa WARCs
Hi, Jason, recently I've been uploading a lot of site archives (as WARCs) on to the Internet Archive, and I categorized all of them under the "warcarchives" subject tag specifically (and archiveteam & archivebot). Can 'warcarchives' be a tag used by the ArchiveTeam for WARC files? See, I cannot inject WARC files into the Wayback Machine but I know that you can. The only way I can think of queueing WARCs is by using a specific subject tag (see here or more here).
In case you want to put them into the Wayback Machine, you are welcome to. That's why I uploaded the WARCs. A lot of the URLs in the WARCs haven't even been crawled by the Wayback Machine thus yet.
And p.s., yes, I've changed a lot over the last year. I've matured a lot.
Thanks for reading,
Archive Maniac 17:30, 6 August 2015 (EDT)
Hello Jason Scott,
I heard that you like archiving old stuff, and I hope you can archive some old Siemens stuff. Before Siemens Mobile corporation bankruptcy, Siemens phones were popular in Europe and in other parts of the world. Siemens phones were not cheapest nor fastest, but they were easily modified and because of that, community started modifying thier firmware.
Firstly, only graphical modifications were released, but later, some crazy stuff were created. For example: gameboy and NES emulators, native DOOM (http://siemensmania.cz/content.php?id=996), multitasking switcher, mp3 player , DivX player and so on. All this were for 2003-2006 phones, which most of them did not even supported mp3 files.
Lot's of websites about Siemens went offline without notice, it would be nice to archive what's still online. I made a list of websites that are still online:
Big siemens sites: siemensmania.cz siemensplanet.com siemensxp.com allsiemens.com forum.allsiemens.com siemens-club.AREYOO forum.siemens-club.AREYOO
Smaller Siemens-related websites oslik.AREYOO patches.kibab.com siemensfw.kibab.com/FW kraze1984.narod.AREYOO sxg75.6f.sk cx75planet.AREYOO elfpack.wz.cz perk11.info vi-soft.com.ua c55.netuje.cz code.google.com/p/sieelf code.google.com/p/nforce e71.AREYOO
General phone sites also with Siemens resources modopo.com forum.modopo.com themes.modopo.com gsmhosting.com sandstormrs.proboards.com gsmfreeboard.com waper.AREYOO