[time-nuts] Maintaining boatanchors (was Capacitor Failures)
hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Sun Oct 24 03:08:49 EDT 2010
> We all start out saying, "This time, we're going to archive things in an
> orderly way, and do it as we go along, and it's going to be a exemplary
> situation" and pretty soon, as schedules get tight and budgets tighter,
> that good intention goes by the wayside.
Modern source-control systems make things a lot easier.
Part of it depends on culture. If everybody expects to find everything they
need in the local file system, then it becomes a habit to collect things like
copies of data sheets.
I tend to be paranoid about putting everything into a make file. Even if
some piece of crap software doesn't have a command line mode, I'll put
something in the make file to print out directions.
If you are sufficiently paranoid, you also keep track of the software that
you used to build things and maybe even the OS it runs on. That includes
utilities as well as compilers, linkers, and CAD systems. You might even
stash away an old PC, just in case.
These are my opinions, not necessarily my employer's. I hate spam.
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