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Re: "Digital Dark Age"

So, what's the conclusion here? Are we gonna bind our cd's with rabbit fur or not?


DT Fletcher wrote:

> In a message dated 2/12/99 1:37:43 PM Pacific Standard Time, dmac@BWAY.NET
> writes:
> << This is a serious problem. To ignore it, or to try to say it doesn't
>  exist, is shortsighted and historically unsound. There won't always
>  be punched cards. There won' always be 9 track tapes. And there
>  certainly
>  won't always be 386-architecture PCs that can read today's particular
>  kind of removable CD-ROM media.
>  Regards,
>          David Macfarlane. >>
> Sorry Dave, you are making basically the same logical error as the others. You
> reiterate a list of technologies that have become obsolete and then leap to
> the conclusion that therefore all technologies must become obsolete with
> absolutely no basis for it. Some technologies have remained with us since
> their invention and no doubt will continue to be used as long as modern
> civilization exists.
>  Computers will continue to exist in one form or another for a very long time.
> In fact, I think we can agree that computers in the future will be very much
> more powerful than today. Yet, for some reason you seem to believe that the
> computers of tommorow will be so dim, stupid and inflexible that they won't be
> able to run Windows  if they wanted to.
> The issue of technological obsolence was one, actually THE, reason for the
> adoption of the IBM clone and Intel 386 technology.  Was it the best? No. But,
> everyone (sorry MAC people) decided that this was the one and away it goes.
> Computer technologly will continue to evolve and grow, but no general business
> computer of the future can possibly suceed without being IBM PC clone
> compatable.   The very interesting part of this, other than unfortunately
> making Billy Gates the richest person in the world, is that it guarentees us a
> clear communication channel to the future.
> With a compatable future computer system assured the only question will be if
> the people of the future will be interested in what we put on our CD-ROMs.
> That they will be able to read and view what we put on them is without
> question.
> dt fletcher

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