[LMB] OT: Tech marches on
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Mon Dec 13 13:18:20 GMT 2021
From: Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>
I wouldn't be surprised if they still are using them. I had a friend who
specialized in computer systems from the seventies, eighties and nineties
for the navy. He went around the world trouble shooting the computer
systems aboard navy ships.
I also had a chance to tour a nuclear submarine and was surprised to see
tubes glowing behind some of the consoles.
Gwynne: How much data is being lost as older formats become obsolete?
I remember seeing some stone cores and a collection of old tapes, disks,
etc - it was years of collected geological information, but there was no machine
left that could read any of it.
Archaeologists in the future are going to be seriously disappointed.
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