Seeking reverse-engineers - Apple II VisiCalc
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 09:23:34 CST 2009
John Foust wrote:
> No matter how many times I hear stories like this, or lived through
> stories like this, I still shake my head and can't understand how the
> source code gets lost.
I think typically it just gets misplaced, not lost :-) If a company's
churning out new products once in a while then it stands to reason that the
older, obsolete stuff gets pushed to the back of a cupboard... then buried...
then moved to a different cupboard...
I bet it still exists in a lot of cases, but everybody's forgotten exactly
where, simply because it's been such a long time since they last needed to know.
The picture's perhaps a bit brighter these days, because the storage is so
cheap now that there's less incentive to dump things from corporate
fileservers every once in a while (storing them in the aforementioned cupboard).
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