The precarious state of classic software and hardware preservation

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Sat Nov 20 20:05:28 CST 2021

> > Unless, of course, you have a mainframe shop and figured all this shit
> > out back in the 1960s.
> Figuring things out accomplishes very little if what was figured out is not broadly applied.

That is correct. All the talk about this topic or archiving data that
starts with "We should" or "What we need to do" means squat, when the
old ways work just fine.

Those old ways the mainframers used was pretty KISS. When backing up
the data, keep three generations of technology going with rolling
backups, and do the exact same thing 100 megatons away as a mirror.


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