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ReadThisThing (Mar 13th, 2018)

The digital world continues to expand and mutate in all sorts of ways that will orphan and otherwise impair file formats and programs—from ones long forgotten to ones that work just fine today but carry no guarantees against obsolescence. Instead of a patchwork of one-off solutions, perhaps there’s a better way to keep old software running smoothly—a simpler process for summoning the past on demand. A team at the Yale University Library is trying to build one.

Can we recreate and run old software in the cloud? Is there hope for all those files you saved to floppy disks? Don't worry, smart people are working on it (it's a lot of "open, save, close" over and over...)

Read: The Quest for a Universal Translator for Obsolete Computer Files

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