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The Libtiff source code repository is now on Gitlab. The old CVS repository on maptools.org will be maintained for historical purposes but won’t get any updates. One reason for choosing Gitlab rather than Github is that there’s already a libtiff … Continue reading

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This XKCD cartoon showed up in my Twitter feed more times in one day than any previous one, for reasons that should be obvious.

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In a post in May, I wrote: “The patents which gave [Fraunhofer] revenue have barely expired on the format, and they’ve suddenly decided that MP3 is dead.” It appears that I fell for fake news, and I apologize. On rechecking, … Continue reading

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Lately this blog hasn’t been showing up on Google. It’s unfortunately necessary to convince Google I’m real, so I’ve added a confirmation meta tag and linked to this blog from a Google Page. As an extra advantage, you’ll be able … Continue reading

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The principal URL for this blog is now https://madfileformatscience.garymcgath.com. The old URL still works and nothing else has changed; the change is just to tie this blog closer to my website. Also please note the new “Donate” button. It’s all … Continue reading

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The weather’s been great lately, so here’s a special offer, just through March 13, on my Udemy course on file format identification tools: Just $12 with the coupon MARCH11! The list price is $28. This also celebrates Udemy’s fixing a … Continue reading

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I’ve now got a Facebook page on Mad File Format Science. I’m really not enthusiastic about Facebook at all, but it seems that it should be part of my Web presence.

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Due to a misunderstanding of mine, there wasn’t a free preview lecture with my course on file format identification tools, even though the promotion video said there was. I’ve rectified that, and the introductory lecture is now available for viewing … Continue reading

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The PRONOM file format signature files were updated on December 17. DROID users should make sure they have the latest files.

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Through December 31, you can buy my e-book Files that Last: Digital Preservation for Everygeek for just $3.20 on Smashwords. Use coupon code XY29D to get the discount.