The precarious state of classic software and hardware preservation

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Mon Nov 22 16:59:17 CST 2021

In my case it's stuff that *I* didn't save and just tossed it because 
"Why would I ever want this anymore?".  I *really* regret tossing all of 
the source for stuff I wrote while I was at IBM. It was after all IBM's 
property (since I wrote it all as an IBM employee) and I doubt any of it 
survives in any form anywhere, but I still wish I had some of it.  :-(

After it's all said and done, one has to wonder if we really leave any 
lasting impact.  :-/

TTFN - Guy

On 11/22/21 2:00 PM, s shumaker via cctalk wrote:
> and yet, after it's over and there's *nothing* left from 30+ years of 
> collecting, there are occasional reflections on what you left behind...
> just saying...
> Steve
> On 11/22/2021 11:50 AM, John Ames via cctalk wrote:
>>> On 2021-11-21 9:45 a.m., Adam Thornton via cctalk wrote:
>>>> On 11/19/21 9:33 PM, Steve Malikoff via cctalk wrote:
>>>> And what happens when you wake  up one morning to find is
>>>> gone, too?
>>> Fundamentally, eventually we're all going to be indistinguishable
>>> mass-components inside the supermassive black hole that used to be the
>>> Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies anyway.
>>> Smoke 'em while you got 'em.
>> Yeah, I had a long, hard think about this while the Caldor Fire was
>> looking like it was about to come knocking on my doorstep this fall
>> and I was trying to prep myself for a short-notice evacuation and
>> decide what I could and couldn't take (read: leave stowed in the trunk
>> of the car for the next couple weeks.) Ultimately, while I'd *like*
>> what I have and enjoy to pass on to someone else once I get busy
>> decomposing, in the long run it's all dust, so I'm not gonna worry
>> myself too much over it.
TTFN - Guy

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