farbles writes: I got an excellent deal on a second-hand computer from someone who had purchased it new six weeks ago in better times. The problem is that it puts out a strong scented cat-litter perfume smell. I took everything apart, blew off all components with canned air, cleaned the mesh filter screen and kept the computer running with fans on high for three days and while the smell is diminished, it's still strong enough to make me slightly nauseous and I'm not particularly environmentally sensitive.
If this were anything else, I could wash it off with strong detergent or scrub it down with baking soda but I don't think that would be productive here. How have others dealt with this in the past and do Slashdot readers have any tips to pass on?
mattnyc99 writes, "It's a huge challenge: how to store digital files so future generations can access them, from engineering plans to family photos. The documents of our time are being recorded as bits and bytes with no guarantee of readability down the line. And as technologies change, we may find our files frozen in forgotten formats. Popular Mechanics asks: Will an entire era of human history be lost?" From the article: "[US national archivist] Thibodeau hopes to develop a system that preserves any type of document — created on any application and any computing platform, and delivered on any digital media — for as long as the United States remains a republic. Complicating matters further, the archive needs to be searchable. When Thibodeau told the head of a government research lab about his mission, the man replied, 'Your problem is so big, it's probably stupid to try and solve it.'"