16.546 success forgets: premature senescence of equipment

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 01:49:24 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 546.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 06:42:26 +0000
             From: Neven Jovanovic <neven.jovanovic@zg.tel.hr>
             Subject: Re: 16.542 success forgets

    Maybe it's my field talking (classical philology is notoriously
    conservative), but there is e. g. computer software--not to speak of the
    hardware--which is not yet obsolete when the new version arrives--in a way,
    becoming history before it had time to mature; I mean, software with some
    features which perfectly suit my needs, or with other I have not even had
    an opportunity to explore. And then--all too quickly--there arise questions
    of compatibility (with colleagues and students who regularly update)... A
    case of head-over-heels progress? Hubris or aggressive marketing strategies?

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