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Maintaining Vintage Systems

One suggestion proposed by ITS aficionados was to use the remaining parts of all the decommissioned ITS systems to maintain one working ITS installation; then anyone who needed to rescue any old data could use this setup to do it. Unfortunately, the expertise required to repair the unreliable hardware is vanishing even more rapidly than knowledge of the software. Also, this scheme would still require us to copy any old tapes that we wish to preserve, as discussed above.