The Legacy List & The Two Words

The Two Words : Some relevant advice regarding legacy technology from Bob Newhart.

I've been compiling a list for the last couple of months of legacy technologies that I feel are well past their 'Best Before Date' and should be eliminated. Keeping them around in spite of better alternatives makes all of our jobs more complicated. The reasons for keeping the dead technologies alive end up sounding like delusional rationalizations.

I'm looking for suggestions of obsolete technologies which we would all be better off by getting rid of them. I'm not going to share the complete list I've compiled because I want people to come up with their suggestions. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Cylinder/Head/Sector Disk Addressing
  • Telnet/rsh/rlogin
  • Non-UTF character encodings
  • S-Video
  • ...

If there's a technology you're forced to use or support that's best destined for the boneyard please make the case for its obsolescence.

Comments:

Setting dip switches on ISA peripherals...

Posted by bernie wieser on October 18, 2009 at 02:43 AM PDT #

maybe I should clarify I still have a pentium kicking around... and a bunch of old hardware I'm trying to retire... but more in line with the topic... dns/named, sendmail, anything with an incomprehensible config file

Posted by MicroMuncher on October 18, 2009 at 06:34 AM PDT #

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