Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th May 2017 22:29 UTC
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Astute readers will notice that that's exactly the same message as PC DOS 1.0 (August 1981) shows, but this COMMAND.COM did not prompt for the date. That's because this disk is not from August but rather early June 1981 - newest file is timestamped June 6, 1981 - which may make it the oldest known surviving piece of software written for the IBM PC (not counting the IBM PC ROMs which are dated April 1981). It’s certainly the oldest known surviving PC operating system.

I'm starting to sound like a broken record on this topic, but it can't be said often enough: the preservation of software - whether important world-changing or not - is crucial if we want to document the history of where software came from, and where it's going to.

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RE: Comment by Chupakabra
by brostenen on Mon 29th May 2017 08:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by Chupakabra"
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"the preservation of software - whether important world-changing or not - is crucial if we want to document the history of where software came from, and where it's going to

Well, about as much as punch cards, analog computers, tube computers and any other primitive archaic technologies. Just because you feel very nostalgic about certain old software and tech. does not make them special in any way. Crucial tech. and software that had a huge impact on the development of computing in general will be preserved, there's no doubt about that. General and concise knowledge (a "summary" one might say) about other software will also be preserved...
The rest is trivia — and will die when the last person feeling nostalgia for it dies.

It's deeper than just being nostalgic. It is about preservation of everything computer related. Just look at what the main goal of "Computer History Museum" is all about. Saying that preservation is just some "nostalgic" thingy that will pass, is like not understanding the depts of what is actually going on with preservation of hardware and software.

Shure I understand you, if it was only about reliving ones childhood or seing ones own software run again. Though saying that it is only nostalgic is like not understanding. I have seen and talked to 17 year old persons, that find early 80's computers cool, and collect them. I do not exactly understand how a word like nostalgic fits those persons. You know... They were not even born in 1981/82.

Preserving is more than just for some random nostalgia. It is about preserving our past. Just like when people preserve old cars from 1920's, old record players from 1960's, preserving a house from 1500's or even preserving a ship from 1850's. It is about saving at least some of our past, in order to understand what we once were as a civilization. Or just a way to understand why we are who we are.

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RE[2]: Comment by Chupakabra
by Chupakabra on Mon 29th May 2017 09:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by Chupakabra"
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Yes, I understand all that, my point is, those things deserve their place in a museum, just like those classic cars or any other artifacts from the past. And yet, no one really cares about VW Golf III being preserved as a precious artifact that teaches us about our culture and history... Nor they care about Dell Vostro 3300 being preserved, or old Xiaomi smartphones. Only really iconic or really revolutionary instances or tech are preserved. I don't see why software should be any different. And it isn't — truly important and iconic software is being preserved, as well as hardware. Just enough instances of it to be able to investigate and to remember. No one gives a damn about mundane, lousy and crappy software being preserved. And majority of software is mundane, lousy and crappy with nothing to learn from it.

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RE[3]: Comment by Chupakabra
by feamatar on Tue 30th May 2017 15:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Chupakabra"
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Time will tell... Value is rarity, and if a running VW Golf III is preserved 1000 year from now, I am sure it will be of immense value.

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