Re: On working with existing systems

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Fri Aug 25 2000 - 20:20:27 PDT


Eric Armstrong wrote:
> I just had a small realization, and I thought I'd share
> the observations that led to it.
> It seems to that a lot of people who come out with new
> systems try to include import functions so that they
> can data from other systems into theirs.
> ...
> Once people put information into the system, the
> system has to honor that effort. It has to protect
> and preserve that data by whatever means necessary,
> defending it against file corruption, hardware failures,
> and software -f-a-i-l-u-r-e-s-.

(The real point here is that the ability to read in old
data is a form of data-protection -- that is, protection
of the energy that went into creating and storing it.)

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