Fri, 30 Jul 2004 13:31:34 GMT

Staying fresh. In Software Rot, Scott Rosenberg considers the matter of software life expectancy. An excerpt:

In truth, while well-written software can often lead an extraordinarily long and fruitful life (I am storing the fruits of two years of book research in a 2 megabyte Ecco Pro file, in outlines composed in a program that has not been upgraded or modified since around 1997), most software today begins to rot from the moment of first use.

And the most notorious piece of decay-prone software is the one Microsoft's billions are founded on. Windows begins to accumulate barnacles of cruft in the registry the moment you first crank it up and try to use it to do anything.

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well here we go…..