Menuhin wrote: ↑
01 Nov 2019, 20:54
I know we live in an open-sourced and open-standard world and those were the old days.
But what human beings are supposed to gain with these standard corporate secretive behaviors?
It is very hard to predict what future historians, fans, or the curious will find interesting or valuable. Take any of the objects you have right now. Maybe your specific electric watch, some pen, a mouse, a car, or whatever it is. Which one will have an enthusiast following in 20-40 years?
It is also hard to keep track of documents. There are just so many of them. My local city archives which I use constantly for research have old old files that are in multiple formats. At various times there have been drives to "modernize" the collection. So in 1940 they start turning the 1860, 1890, 1900, and 1920s era files into 1940s era files and get 20% of the way there. but then a new 1950s era of file format emerges and they start modernizing the some more and but then a new 1960 file format emerges. Suddenly you have documents in 45 different formats, and the lists that contain those documents are lost, or copied. Or are themselves in different formats.
I routinely find mislabeled documents which I help correct. I also routinely find completely missing documents. It sucks but its just the way human endeavours work. And the part you should think about, is that is an entire city department dedicated
with enthusiastic staff
to specifically preserving documents for openness.
!!! That isn't even counting when someone recorded something 40 years ago on paper that accidentally wasn't acid proof.
I have had the IBM archives enthusiastically agree to help me figure out the IBM beamspring keycap plastic/material/documents for example. They were excited to help me. They wanted to. They originally even kept the records. They got lost, or destroyed who knows. They can't find them. A company that kept specific records, and an archives staff, who was excited to help me, couldn't find their own files. They could have been lost 25 years ago before most of the current employees got there. And for something as simple as a type of plastic for a major component made by the million for 30 years.
Would you have guessed in 1988 that your cheap-ass import "Omnikey" keyboard that was a fraction the cost of your American made Top Shelf IBM keyboard would be extremely sought after?
Even with all of that said. We have enough to go on to remake these switches. It is entirely possible to do it, we just need to find the resolve and willpower