[TUHS] Research Datakit notes

Erik Fair fair at netbsd.org
Mon Jun 27 13:00:53 AEST 2022

> On Jun 26, 2022, at 17:43, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> Interfaces are forever; like the screw in light-bulb. These days, it's likely
> an LED bulb on one side, powered by a reactor on the other - two technologies
> which were unforseen (and unforseeable) when the interface was defined, well
> over 100 years ago.

To be specific: the “Edison screw” (or “Edison medium base” or now E26) patented by Thomas Edison in 1881, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_screw <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_screw>

It’s been said that “hardware comes & goes, but software is forever” but I like to add “software comes & goes, but protocols are forever.”

We should take care in how we design/define protocols and interfaces.


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