Don Maslin/Archiving system software (was: ftp archivesdisappearing?)

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sun Mar 18 13:29:03 CDT 2007

On 18 Mar 2007 at 14:03, Teo Zenios wrote:

> A 1720's violin is as useless to Metallica as a C64 is useless to a youtube
> fanatic.

Not to stray too far off-topic, but...

The market for a 1720's violin is much larger (i.e. more buyers) than 
it ever was in 1720--and the prices that are paid are much larger.   
That's mostly due to population growth, but violinists are far from a 
dying breed--and music employing bowed strings is about as popular as 
it ever was in terms of number of works performed each year.

The simple fact is that 1720 violin will do everything that one would 
want a violin of any age to do--and it generally does it better.  
That it's old is of small importance.   But then, the field of violin-
making was mature in the 1720's.

The same cannot be said for a C64--or even a VAX.  Will computing 
ever mature to the point that a 30-year computer will do everything 
that a user desires just as well as a brand-new machine will?


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