Let's go retro

Posted by: oenophore

Let's go retro - 07/05/09 07:20 PM

I am posting this on the assumption that the Webmaster believes he has completed fixes to the latest software for this site.
A bunch of problems, posted in this Bugs & Comments forum and mentioned in the shoutbox still remain. The site was working quite well in 2002, albeit without the hardly necessary shoutbox. It would be compatible with browsers and operating systems old and new. If I had my druthers, and I'm writing this without rancor or intention to insult, the 2002 model of Gunks.com would be restored (if possible) and many a problem would disappear.
Posted by: pedestrian

Re: Let's go retro - 07/06/09 11:10 PM

Can't always just roll back to an earlier version, in the computer world, oeno. It might have had security flaws that would open up to hack attaq, for instance... or it might be incompatible with the current operating system.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Let's go retro - 07/07/09 11:02 AM

It might have had security flaws that would open up to hack attaq, for instance... or it might be incompatible with the current operating system.

The first may be true, but it's a good bet that new operating systems are written to run "legacy" software.
Posted by: pedestrian

Re: Let's go retro - 07/22/09 03:03 PM

oeno, in the Linux world backwards compatibility is sometimes a cruel joke.
Posted by: quanto_the_mad

Re: Let's go retro - 07/22/09 03:32 PM

Originally Posted By: oenophore
It might have had security flaws that would open up to hack attaq, for instance... or it might be incompatible with the current operating system.

The first may be true, but it's a good bet that new operating systems are written to run "legacy" software.


No, they're not. Legacy software may run because Microsoft doesn't change the software too much; but in every new OS they do say older programs may not work. XP and Vista include a "compatibility mode" which allows some older software to work, but there are still a lot of people running Win2K and WinNT or even DOS because the apps won't run on XP or Vista.

Mac OSX would only run older OS9 apps in the "Classic" environment, which was a software/hardware emulator. That allowed users to transition to OSX, but Classic has been removed from later versions of OSX and will not run on Intel based Macs.