[time-nuts] Maintaining boatanchors (was Capacitor Failures)
jfor at quik.com
Sat Oct 23 21:47:33 UTC 2010
I've been in warehouses with hundreds of rows of shelves of Bankers Boxes
filled with records. I doubt the stuff is even indexed.
> Heathkid wrote:
>> Backup images are fine... but has anyone considered or tried to contact
>> the original programmers to get the actual code used? I'm sure there
>> wouldn't be any reason someone would still consider 30+ year old code a
>> "trade secret" and if one had the original code... could reasonably
>> replicate an old programmed chip with a newer one. Just a thought.
> more likely, nobody still working there knows what the original code is,
> and they threw it away 10 years ago.
> I work in the spacecraft electronics business, and we're positively
> compulsive about documentation, but there's plenty of stuff that just
> gets lost. "Oh yeah, we were cleaning out Dave's office after he died,
> and we just pitched all those printouts and databooks with the notes on
> the pages. Everything is online now, right?"
> Or, it's somewhere in the archives, in one of several hundred boxes
> labeled "miscellaneous documentation from 1981-1985" and it would cost
> literally hundreds of dollars to retrieve the boxes and have someone
> hunt through it for something that might or might not be there.
> Or, in a cost cutting thing "We have all these boxes of stuff from 1980
> that we're paying for storage on. Do you have a charge number for the
> storage fees? No? Ok, into the trash it goes"
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