Thursday, July 05, 2007

An interesting opportunity?

The growing problem of accessing old digital file formats is a "ticking time bomb", the chief executive of the UK National Archives has warned.

History seems to be stuck on repeat, again. One of my first tasks in my first IT job was to write programs and scripts that did automatic file format conversions. The programs were in BASIC, on DOS systems. In the next place, I did similar things using scripts on Sun machines. AWK is still one of the neatest things around, if you know how to use it. Maybe soon I will stop being unemployable...

1 comment:

Doctor Dark said...

Notice the quality of the BBC video. It's a shame YouTube isn't this good!