Don Maslin/Archiving system software (was: ftp archives disappearing?)
dave06a at dunfield.com
Sun Mar 18 16:49:25 CDT 2007
> Whether or not they're "less useful" is a matter of perspective...
> And just because something is less useful doesn't mean it's useless.
> And there's a difference between computers and other things, like musical
> instruments (or even cars). A musical instrument from 40 years ago can
> still play music that's put out today. A 40 year old car can drive on a
> road that was just laid yesterday. A computer from 40 years ago won't
> run nearly any software that's being written today.
There's also the issue of it being recognized, and people identifying
with it - I often see antique telephones, spinning wheels, butter churns,
floor radios and whatnot - people know what these things are, and deem
them "valuable antiques". The computer had a much narrower audience, and
unless you "were there", an S-100 crate or an early PET simply doesn't
mean anything to you, let alone earlier DEC stuff ...
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