not really OT: The Coming Software Apocalypse

Ralph DiMola rdimola at
Tue Oct 3 15:24:44 EDT 2017

>For many years, we have seen in this mail list (and previous mail list) how
developers are completely baffled by applications that run fine in most
computers, but fail >consistently in a very few machines. Check the
archives. You will find many instances of this scenario. How it is that
possible at all?

This is possible because all current consumer OSs have the same problems
outlined in the article.

I don't usually pontificate on this list but...
<rant>As humans we constantly overreach without thinking. As Jeff Goldblum
said in Jurassic Park said "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether
they could they didn't stop to think if they should."
This is the story with all consumer OSs. Just because these rudimentary OSs
in the 90s could somewhat be a tool for the average Joe no one stopped to
think if they should. We have allowed PC OSs/mobile devices and most
pointedly the Internet to become the lynch-pins of modern society, also
because of the "Jeff Goldblum" theorem. Look at Puerto Rico if want proof.
Just because they could build cell towers in PR... As Claude Rains said in
Casablanca "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling in going on in here"
A cat 4 hit PR in 1932 and when I heard that 1,360 out of 1,600 of PR's
Cells towers were either damaged or blown over by cat 4 Irma and folks were
panicking with no internet/access to credit card processing and the FakeBook
I said to myself "I'm shocked that a cat 4 hit PR". I feel sorry for the
human suffering and the government let this happen but I'm not surprised.
Wait till a CME(Carrington event 1859) or EMP(rocket man) wipes out the
electrical grid and internet for a billion or so people for a year... I'll
be sitting with my gravity fed water well water and rifle across my lap
saying "I'm shocked that...."</rant>

Ralph DiMola
IT Director
Evergreen Information Services
rdimola at

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