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Why are old softwares thrown in trash?

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MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, etc, those old software are not around anymore, why are they thrown? Useless and irrelevant in current technology and age?
 

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MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, etc, those old software are not around anymore, why are they thrown? Useless and irrelevant in current technology and age?
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Not entirely but mostly. There are still some embedded and legacy systems still around. Usually that do something very specific like run a medical device (pulse/O2 monitors, etc.) or a piece of industrial equipment (lathes, CNC machines, etc). These systems are generally not network connected though, except for the medical devices that talk to billing systems.
 

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People today want things quick & easy to learn/use so software is constantly changing(almost daily). Older software had many security flaws and hackers were able to attack them. I think new software can also be attacked but weak areas can be spotted fast and fixed to block hackers. Microsoft has always dropped old software support at some point to force buyers to update. I'm surprised in this day and age we don't all have voice activated computing with no keyboard and voice recognition to better fight off hackers. It always amazes me that many communist countries have large government backed hacking groups that spend all their time trying to break into other countries systems to steal and take control and spam. I picture some day the computers will plug directly into our brains like in the movie "Matrix".
 

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It always amazes me that many communist countries have large government backed hacking groups that spend all their time trying to break into other countries systems to steal and take control and spam.
I would be pretty surprised if the CIA or NSA doesn't have the same, along with most other capable countries.

I picture some day the computers will plug directly into our brains like in the movie "Matrix".
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It is kinda sad, that all the old stuff got thrown, along with the nostalgic memories...
 

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I would be pretty surprised if the CIA or NSA doesn't have the same, along with most other capable countries.


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Right about the CIA & NSA , LOL. If you fart , the smell in on record and they know what you ate to cause it. The spy equipment we used in the Navy in the early 70's was amazing , so the capabilities we have now must be almost beyond comrehension.
 

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I believe that Microsoft still offers developer subscriptions to programmers that include MS-DOS, old versions of Windows, Office, and other legacy products. At least that was true a few years ago when I had an active MSDN Subscription. These are needed so that developers can support customers who are unable to upgrade software due to outdated hardware.
 

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It is kinda sad, that all the old stuff got thrown, along with the nostalgic memories...
The average person isn't still using hardware from twenty years ago, so why would you expect them to use software from twenty years ago? That's just how technology works; the old is replaced with the new. (Not saying that new always means better, but that's just how it is.)

Anyway, there are plenty of hobbyists who are still into retro gear/software. If you enjoy old PC equipment and find it nostalgic, there's nothing stopping you from not throwing it away and continuing to enjoy it as a hobby along with your memories. There are plenty of people out there on the internet who probably have similar interests. (Though, again, you're more likely to find them on a computer-related site than on a Japanese culture/language forum...)
 

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While I held onto a collection of old computers like my Commodore 64, Amiga 500 etc. which are probably older than many here people typically only have so much space to store stuff. Do you still have your clothing from when you were 3? Why not? How about your baby toys? I had my items in storage at one point and that was a monthly fee the more you save the more storage you pay for or the bigger house you have to buy. We don't have infinite space to store things, in much of the US we have larger spaces than we may have elsewhere. An apartment I once had in Tokyo did not have room for things I had in the 1980s.
 

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Over the years , I had about 100 CD type disks like AOL gave out and from old programs. I would take a bunch to the sandpit to shoot for targets. The silver color made them show up really well. (I always picked up the pieces to take home & put in the trash).
 

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Over the years , I had about 100 CD type disks like AOL gave out and from old programs. I would take a bunch to the sandpit to shoot for targets. The silver color made them show up really well. (I always picked up the pieces to take home & put in the trash).
Uncle Frank, would Japanese people be angry when they look at the Rising Sun avatar?
 

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I have respect for anyone anywhere who served time in the military in uniform. They put their life on hold for a number of years and risked their lives. For a time Germany & Japan were fierce enemies of the US , but today , they are close allies. I doubt most people in Japan today have real negative opinions or think a lot about WWII times. The fact that my avatars are only up 12 to 24 hours probably don't have time to offend anyone. I think our Japanese members here would send me a private message if I upset them. By the way , people my age don't care if they offend anyone. We are called grumpy old farts and are expected to be outspoken and old fashioned in our thinking. Just trying to do my part.
 

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I doubt most people in Japan today have real negative opinions or think a lot about WWII times.
I think that's true. Apparently history is taught in chronological order at schools, leaving little time for an in-depth look at WW II, and what there is in the media is focused on what a terrible time it was for Japanese people and the suffering caused by the H-bombs (both true) but without any analysis of the events that led up to the war or Japan's invasion of mainland Asia.
 
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