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Re: [ontolog-forum] Sustainability

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:50:37 -0400
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John -    (01)

On Sep 17, 2010, at 7:14 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:    (02)

>   1. There is only one way that compatibility of all AD/Cycle
>      components on all platforms could ever be guaranteed:
>      declare one and only one of the IBM platforms as the official
>      reference standard, and all other platforms as conforming to
>      the extent that they are compatible with the ref. platform.
>   2. And of all the IBM operating systems, there was only one
>      platform that would be acceptable for the reference standard,
>      namely OS/2.
> If IBM had done that, OS/2 and its follow-ons would have killed
> Windows 3.1 (and probably Bill Gates would not have broken his
> contract to co-develop OS/2 with IBM).    (03)

Ahhhh... when Dinosaurs ruled... & small, warm blooded rodents were  
about to topple the rulers.  Or was it the rulers were going to  
commit hari-kari?    (04)

What have we learned?  What's changed in the past 20 years?    (05)

At least now we have something of a universal presentation mechanism,  
the HTML browser... at least at one level the data layer is no longer  
tied to the presentation hardware.  We're no longer tied to specific  
devices from vendors... gone are the 3270 vs VT100 wars.    (06)

I'm just about to test the limits of that by attempting to access  
Microsoft SharePoint using either Safari or Firefox from a Mac...  
I've been told to expect some "loss of functionality."    (07)

I get very nervous when I see discussions of distributed (obviously  
heavily heterogenous) Repositories.  If we haven't been able—or  
willing—to automate necessary central repository activities  
(including discovering & maintaining constantly evolving language),  
how will we transparently automate a highly distributed repository  
process?    (08)

David Eddy
deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx    (09)

781-455-0949    (010)

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