1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- Jul 5, 2010
NASA was going nuts trying to get 80386 chips, old INTEL peripheral chips, and MS-DOS 3.2 operating system copies after 2000 because it would have been dangerous to upgrade either the hardware base or the operating system on the Space Shuttle.What you say @MidiMagic is correct. But this is the world we live in.
This reminds me when someone says:
"Man went to the Moon 50 years ago. Why do they not go again quickly?, it should be easier now!"
I can imagine that the whole NASA project management has to be rebuilt. Old documentation and computer programs (if they exist) cannot be understood by young engineers.
Almost everything has to be designed and planned from start. With new equipment, new HW, new space suits, etc.
Remember when they needed COBOL programmers in 1998-99 because legacy software was written to treat 1999 as the "never expire" date and to use 2-digit years. I started out using FORTRAN and COBOL in the 1960s. I ended up changing only one program in 1999 for the 2-digit year problem.
And all of our D-Base databases quit working when Microsoft upgraded MS-DOS to 3.0. D-Base put its copy protection keys in an unused portion of the floppy disk format that became the storage location for the new folders (directories). Making a folder erased the keys. I have hated copy-protection ever since.