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Rick Jelliffe writes:
> Well, I think it completely sucks that we are still using late
> 70s/early 80s -based systems such as Windows and Unix.
That's true of many areas of technology, though. This list talks
about a more-or-less direct derivative of a 1980's markup language,
there's not much (if anything) in my Piper Warrior's Lycoming
O-320-D3G engine that would confuse a 1940's auto mechanic.
Seriously, your point is valid, but I think that new software will
have to come with new hardware. Our desktop computers are mostly
souped-up versions of a 1970's idea already, so it makes sense that
they have the OS's they have. The next wave of computing is already
largely upon us (just ask the next 15-year-old you see, if you can get
her to take a break from playing the video game on her cell phone).
That doesn't mean that servers and desktop computers will disappear --
far from it (we've still got mainframes creaking away in server rooms,
and DC-3's still fly many passenger routes) -- but I think that the
most innovative R&D will chase the money and excitement into other
All the best,