Article on old software programs (for IBM, Apple, Borland, etc)

From: Mike Ford <>
Date: Tue Aug 17 02:30:02 1999

>On Mon, 16 Aug 1999, JAMES WEBSTER wrote:
>> To put it kindly, Victoria Shannon sounds like she is full of it.
>> >
>>ull of what, and in what way?

Below is the email I sent to her.

Name 10 software packages that lacked substantial bugs, or did not break
within one or two generations of OS upgrades, whose companies are still in

Those are your "failed" software companies. They made the critical mistake
of releasing good products. No major bugs, no "creative programming"
guaranteed to break with the next OS release. Dedicated people with good
ideas that had something solid by version 2.0 or so.

Now think about the most bug riddled, short lived software on the planet.
What a surprize those are the companies rolling in cash.

In 10 years people will look back at the 80s and 90s as a time of utter
insanity regarding computers. The first glimpse of the coming sanity is
that people are questioning what they are told, and going back and looking
for the classics of their time.

For me I am just having fun playing with my toys, be they old or new.

Cheers, Mike Ford
Received on Tue Aug 17 1999 - 02:30:02 BST

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