I was once again reminded of Dan Bricklin’s excellent piece on long term software and thought it was worth a mention here. His basic point is that a governments software, should be as lasting and shared as its other civil infrastructure. The article does a great job of showing the perils of entrusting all our public records to proprietary software and formats.
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