decompilation as archiving?
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Dec 2 09:27:55 CST 2006
On Dec 1, 2006, at 12:26 PM, Richard wrote:
> Someone asked me in private email why I'd want to do this -- I
> consider the source code just as an important historical artifact as
> the compiled binaries and physical hardware. For the same reason that
> people want schematics for vintage hardware, having source code for
> vintage software is also useful.
Not only useful, but highly educational. A lot of this sort of
stuff was written back in the days when writing software actually
took some *skills*. Now any kid with a Windows box can slap together
an application in a few hours.
Sure, it'll eat hundreds of megabytes of RAM, be slower than
pissing tar, and probably crash a lot, but then that seems to
describe some of the world's most widely deployed software, so who's
Back in the early days of computing, some of the *smartest people
on the planet* worked on this stuff. Now, though, every drooling
moron who thinks he can make more money writing Windows apps than
flipping burgers can pirate a copy of Microsoft's Visual Whatever-it-
is-this-week garbage and is suddenly a "programmer".
Cape Coral, FL
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