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#PaperbackCLI is a #paper-based #backup system.

Paperback-cli is a tool which encodes any file into a very large 2D #barcode which can be decoded back into the original file. The encoded barcode is resilient to error and can be printed onto a piece of paper to later be scanned and decoded. Paperback-cli can encode upwards of 500 kB of raw data per laser printed page.

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This is a great idea. Resistant to electromagnetic attack.

Back in the 1980s, someone invented a way to distribute software for the Apple II this way. They sold a reader for it. A lot of us in those days spent a lot of time typing in software from magazines. We typed in BASIC programs as well as binary ones. Anything that would make that easier was welcome.

Also, did you know that the Apple II could boot without a disk drive (the OS was built in; the Disk Operating System ran on top of the real OS using two hooks into BIOS: input and output)?

Without a disk drive you could still store software using an ordinary cassette tape recorder. There were audio jacks on the back for this, and there were BASIC commands for this.

A BASIC interpreter and editor were also built-in, as well as some other other software (like Sweet 16). And the users manual had the assembly source code for all this as an appendix. Hard to believe these days that Apple was so open. That was the influence of Wozniak.

Nybble magazine was my favorite source for free (in both senses) Apple software.

Hmm. Was spelled Nibble.

Even the PowerPC, in the years 2003-20010 was relatively "open". The case was made to open easily and the parts were easy to replace. What happened - and when?

There is one clue. The MacOS was originally to be largely open-source, and began that way as OpenDarwin. Then they dropped the idea...

I was a registered Macintosh developer (pay dues, get info from Apple) in the 1990s when I lived in Japan. Macintosh systems 6 and 7 were in no way open or free. They hadn't started calling it MacOS yet.

Trivia: the original Macintosh system was written on the Lisa in Pascal (with bits in assembly). Even in the 1990s, all the code snippets from Apple were written in Pascal. Anyone else even remember the Lisa?