At 11:24 AM 8/29/2011, William Donzelli wrote:
How will the archivists handle these?
Virtual machine images.
At 12:29 PM 8/29/2011, Dave McGuire wrote:
The greatest productivity-killing,
employment-killing, and parental-basement-stuffing products ever developed? I say let
them be lost to the sands of time!
Gosh, I wish I was smart enough to make a software product that was
popular, productivity-killing, life-sucking, and capable of
destroying relationships and personalities without breaking stride.
Sounds mightly profitable to me. I think lots of people will study
these worlds, for a long time to come, for social science and for profit.
As for the file-format debate, as someone who spent a decade-plus mucking
about in the 3D and 2D file-format conversion / filter market, and who wrote
a few chapters and edited a bit of the O'Reilly book on graphic file formats,
I'm confident that a decade or two from now, they'll still be puzzling over
some files that just don't seem to "read" right unless under some emulation
of the programs of the era that made them. File format specs are often
written *after* the program that made them. Stuff is left out. Features
and side-effects are forgotten.
Heck, even today, I've been vexed by the container formats used for video.
The file extension doesn't tell you much. A month or two I was trying
to help a law client who had some patrol car footage on CD. I spent a few
hours googling and using deep-inspection tools to try to determine the
codecs necessary to play-back on various Windows systems - and ultimately
I couldn't get it to play in some environments.