concept: get on my lawn software.
a software design philosophy that believes good software ages like a fine wine. it shuns trends and salesmen disguised as programmers, shuns the fancy new framework. instead, gomls curates quality old software like a carefully tended forest. software that has stood the test of time, and, though it seems antiquated, it’s as robust as cast iron anvil.
2. RSYNC came out in June 1996, it is 23 years old. it is the only program that I trust for copying large files and large amounts of files between any two points. it natively supports ssh and, in some configurations, uses an extremely clever rolling checksum algorithm that makes me seriously question the sanity of games consoles and operating systems vendors who do not use RSYNC for system and software updates.
4. NES roms.
if you want hyper sentient dog scientists in the year 40,000 to be able to run your software, write it as an NES rom. trust me on this.
5. Hypercard. 1987, 32 years old.
does this belong on the list, given that it’s no longer maintained?
well, there are still people who still use hypercard, either in a physical old mac or via mac emulators. they use hypercard to get useful work done. including bill atkinson. there are many imitators and clones, but somehow none come close to the approachability and and functionality tradoffs of the original. there are practical benefits to software that never changes.
6. TeX, 1978 (41 years old)
well, I can’t say much about this since i haven’t heavily used it. but despite many other formats coming and going, the LaTeX math expressions are still the undisputed defacto standard for encoding mathematical expressions.
and its line breaking algorithm is still more sophisticated than the algorithms used in most desktop word processing and publishing software.
7. Graphviz and the DOT language, before 1991 (28 years ago)
go away microsoft visio. don’t worry about clicking and dragging around little boxes forever. just type in a more or less simple text based language, and graphviz spits out a flowchart. and you’re done.
dot -> graphviz;
graphviz -> svg;
graphviz -> png;
graphviz -> ps;
@zensaiyuki You have an interesting combination of proprietary and free software on your list. The challenge with proprietary software is that while it's under development it is constantly getting new features (and bugs) added. And when it stops being developed it's dead. Free software doesn't have the same incentive for the maintainers to keep adding features forever, so it's able to stabilize. I guess the wine analogy would be "mellow"?
@zensaiyuki Rsync, TeX, and SQLite all qualify under the "stable" criterion I was interested in a while back. Probably also most of GNU, and maybe Linux LTS kernels after they've been baking long enough.
@zensaiyuki Shelx is older then anything else in your list, and still maintained. It first came out in the 1960s! Has major updates in 1976, 1997 and 2013!
@zensaiyuki For some reason, I assumed you were implying that the Doctor's K-9 ran on NES ROMs.
Does this apply to gameboy ROMs as well? Or is there something more elegant about the NES ROM architecture? I'm someone who knows little to nothing about either.
(Great concept + list, by the way)
@zensaiyuki I came to realize that with the rate that people make new NES emulators, they will absolutely keep making them for every new computing platform that comes out, probably indefinitely
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