I am SG21, a technology archivist and a person who is running their own unique project. I have a request/favor to ask of this entire community. As an archivist of technology I tend to archive things such as old game installation media and etc. I am requesting that anybody in this community who has OLD IBM Product Recovery media to please dump it and PM me. Once you've done that I will personally do all the work to archive it myself. And as for my project...my project is a very unique one and opens up a whole new world of virtualization. My project is very unique in the sense that I crack the security of old OEM recovery media for use on any PC including VM's even.
I mean I only do it for discs up to Windows XP so since its all dead the OEM's shouldn't really mind. But also the cracked media I have not released yet. For now its all my own, personal private collection but I do send some to my friends and crack some of my friends recovery media.
One of the biggest reasons I'm asking this favor is because archive.org and everywhere else you rarely see any OEM recovery media. My job is to archive those old OEM recovery discs for anybody who needs it in the future to restore their PCs to factory defaults.
Do you mean hard copies or disk images? Do you have a website that you could share with us to demonstrate your project?
So, this is something I don't understand the point of. The OEM recovery media contains specific drivers and software for the system it was designed for. A lot of it will not apply to a different PC, or won't work. Other than that, it's just a generic installation CD, of which plenty are available on the internet (never mind the legal aspect for the moment). What is the advantage of using cracked OEM recovery media over a generic ISO?
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Location ddddddd? fugeddit!
Besides, he says he's some kind of Thinkpad enthusiast who's been collecting OEM disks for friends and cracking and them and sharing them but he's never bothered to join this forum until now? And he wants real people with real online identities to send some stranger files so he can hack them for what purpose? It just sounds like some faux-hacker un-l33t school kiddie to me.
Additionally, it is unquestionably illegal to crack these OEM disks in any country until Windows itself is no longer under copyright. There is no future archive to be built that this cracking work will achieve or that will end up in the public domain. If anything, cracked recovery disks will just lead to the distribution of potentially virus-infected disks through back channels and pirated torrent sites. The only project that has any hope of surviving currently is one that preserves bit-for-bit actual copies of the OEM disks, not cracked copies. And even then, it probably requires the passive tolerance of Lenovo and Microsoft to continue under the radar until the copyright runs out or they themselves open up an archive for historical purposes.
Just my opinion (!).
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i'm just now typing a reply PM and will try to let him know he must, like most everyone else around here, show a location.. and if not his street address, like some forum members have entered and i have changed to just the town and state, at least a town or city close to where he is.. in short, just a little white lie to keep the peace..
otherwise, based upon his terse PM to me and the 2 times he has deleted his IP location and his use of the word "hack" i'll acquiesce to his choice, if he wishes, after my answering PM and close his account..
i mean come on, the privacy horse left that barn 20 years ago.. MOL..
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