Finally! Someone has found a use for all those AOL disks that were sent to your house and given away by many stores. Jason Scott Sadofsky is a Free-Range Archivist & Software Curator for the Internet Archive. He wants every disc ever made, but is specifically requesting that readers of his blog send him old AOL discs, the kind that came free at Best Buy checkouts, packed in magazines and mailed randomly to your house back in the 1990s. He wants to add them to an online archive of computer history.
While many would assume that having one AOL disc is the same as having them all, Sadofsky considers each one a unique time capsule that deserves preserving. He plans to image, copy and upload the files to Archive.org in an effort to keep those unique treasures alive.
He also is looking for all the CD-ROMs made by Walnut Creek.
You can read more in Sadofsky’s blog at http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/4624.
AOL was sold to Verizon last week for $4.4 billion. Maybe those disks turned out to be worth something after all.