ArsTechnica recently published an article about the problems of old software in the age of cloud computing. In many ways, cloud computing makes our lives easier than ever before. Data input on one device is often seamlessly available on other devices, making it easy to switch from desktop to laptop to smartphone. However, the cloud is problematic in terms of preservation. Cloud computing makes software completely dependent on a single point in the cloud, and there is currently no mechanism in place for preserving this software. “Cloud rot” can become a serious problem for the future. Already some of the very first Web apps, like the original versions of Gmail and Google Docs, are most likely gone.
Saving Old Software from Extinction in the Age of Cloud Computing
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa
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