Snap quiz: desk stuff

David Cantrell david at
Thu Nov 23 15:31:57 GMT 2006

On Thu, Nov 23, 2006 at 11:56:16AM +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 23, 2006 at 10:34:35AM +0000, Andy Armstrong wrote:
> > On 23 Nov 2006, at 10:19, Jonathan Stowe wrote:
> > >You say that like it never happens :-p I *know* there is code I  
> > >wrote in
> > >1997 still in production.
> Rather too much of what I did got thrown away by companies going bust.
> First thing that I did that I know didn't get thrown away appears still
> to be in use 5 years later:

A piece of my code from [thinks] some time before 1995, maybe 1993, I
forget when exactly, is being decommissioned this christmas.  Well, I'm
not going to let the guy who's running it renew his support contract.
If he wants to keep running it that's up to him.

The reason being that lack of easily-available spare parts mean I can no
longer support the hardware it runs on.  Not that there's ever been a

The oldest bit of my perl code that I know is still in use (apart from
stuff running on my own machines, obviously) is only from Feb 2003.  The
oldest on my own machine is a noddy CGI script which my server
monitoring jobby calls periodically to make sure that stuff is working
properly.  It dates from 11 Jun 2000.

David Cantrell | Enforcer, South London Linguistic Massive

      You know you're getting old when you fancy the
      teenager's parent and ignore the teenager
        -- Paul M in uknot

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