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Re: digital media
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: digital media
- From: Christopher Hicks <chicks@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 15:11:12 -0400
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On Mon, 12 May 1997, Steven D. Hales wrote:
> It seems to me that digital storage media is somewhat analogous to
> languages. That is, the way information is encoded by software is
> similar to how it is encoded by natural languages.
I like this analogy.
> The big difference as I see it is that languages change slowly and
> software changes incredibly rapidly.
Depending on the language and your thoughts on slowly. Few would have
trouble telling the difference between someone using 60's English and 90's
English. A decade even makes a significant difference.
> Even now there are languages that are partially or wholly lost to us.
> Not everything gets translated into the new languages.
And noone seems to be upset or worried about THAT. (Maybe the worries are
> Without the Rosetta Stone, where would we be in our understanding of
> A thousand years from now, how many artificial languages will we have
> run through? And plenty of data will not have gotten translated. We will
> need hundreds of Rosetta Stones.
This is why standards are /extremely/ important. Of course talking about
solutions isn't as fun as poking fun at things we fear.
Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to buy Microsoft products.