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First smiley found

Vernor Vinge's A Deepness In The Sky includes a discussion on software archaeology, as the trade off between writing new applications and porting old code to new languages and architectures.

It's a very real debate, even today, though this piece of software archaeology isn't quite the same... as this was the hunt for the first ever smiley. And earlier this week they finally found a back up tape from the bulletin board where the concept was first discussed...

Follow these links for more on the story:
[Story spotted on Slashdot]

There's an interesting follow on thought - what if the tape reader for that tape had been lost, or broken? We're living in the digital dark ages, where dead media means that information is lost forever when proprietary hardware fails...


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Sep. 13th, 2002 04:23 am (UTC)
So now we know who it was who started this whole vile custom off, we can hunt them down and kill them, yes?
Sep. 13th, 2002 04:24 am (UTC)

err. oops.
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