Interesting piece about the throw-away-thinking of the current software. Where paper is readable as far as over a thousand years, current electronical documents tend to be unreadable after as much as 20 or 25 years [think Word Perfect and older word processors]. Of course there are filters for the most popular ones, but compare that to the paper documents your [great]parents made and our electronical systems pale considerably. It's the reason why I tend to use as much .txt ascii documents as possible - it's great readability is demonstrated by the RFC documents; even the original RFC 1 is readable in almost *any* text reader you can imagine. So this guy makes a good point at trying to design software that lasts longer than 3 years [think current office implementations]: more like 200 years.
Software that lasts 200 years
Sysadmin appreciation day
Giving myself a hug now. Ow, and the sysadmins of my university and Alex from Morphix.org of course ;)
Random tidbits, lots of work
Just discovered cowsay thanks to Vermyndax on #morphix at irc.freenode.org . Together with fortunes you get gems like: _________________________________ < Remember the... the... uhh..... > --------------------------------- \ ^__^ \ (**)\_______ (__)\ )\/\ U ||----w | || || And [shut your eyes if you find this offensive]: _________________________________________ / The only way to get rid of a temptation \ | is to …