Fu­ture-proof­ing in the past

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Fur­ther to Christo­pher Phin’s ex­cel­lent “Fu­ture-Proof Your Files” fea­ture and Jan Fo­ley’s sub­se­quent let­ter, I of­fer the fol­low­ing anec­dote to show that the is­sue is far from new.

In 1975/1976 I was do­ing a PhD in­volv­ing com­puter sim­u­la­tion of a hy­brid car (yes, they’ve been around longer than you think!). The

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