The International Space Station will fade into glory. Can ancient technology say the same? • record

Opinion The International Space Station shows its age. It is greater than a third of the population, and more than two and a half billion people have not known time without humans in orbit.

Bits and pieces of it still go wrong, the latest being the EVA spacesuits; Russia may or may not be about to be on bail; And he’s more Red Dwarf than Enterprise when it comes to alien germs.

Do you think it was difficult to get a cleaner to come to your apartment in the city? From one point of view, it’s worn out, expensive to operate, no longer contributes much to space exploration, and it takes up a lot of space engineers’ brain time.

Does this apply to any ancient technology that you know of? IT Legacies don’t produce great videos of Earth from space or astronauts regressing in microgravity, so they lose out hard to the International Space Station on the PR front. They won’t consume 15% of a $22 billion budget [PDF] also.

Still, the most significant difference between the ISS and your line of business app that works well in the default Windows XP system (which still has more than 0.3 percent market share for heaven’s sake) is that the ISS is a project designed to die. NASA plans to go extinct in the next five to eight years [PDF].

Besides headlines like scientific research and technology testing – there are many thousands of results we enjoy – the world is also honoring the work of the International Space Station as it benefits from the long-term experience of manned missions. In the space roadmap, the International Space Station bridges the shuttle’s misguided rocket and back to the moon and beyond.

When we then leave orbit outward instead of inward (the ISS will collapse into the Pacific Ocean, it seems), it will be because of the ISS legacy.

Legacy IT can play a similar honorable role in long-term organizational planning. no. Nobody thinks of these terms. If you’re very lucky, the solitary gesture to posterity might be some slightly updated documentation (you won’t be so lucky).

Project life cycles become more of a myth than post-work management. If anyone asks at the start of a project: “What do we expect to learn by building and running this, and how do we carry over that knowledge beyond?” It is not part of tradition or general practice.

But the fact that such ideas seem more outlandish than ‘Oumuamua is due in part to chronic amnesia that plagues companies so desperate to reinvent them that they forget biological evolution is nothing but a reconstructed legacy.

it’s also for you IT practitioners and your determination to keep science in the sci-fi of computer science. Take the agile methodology of software development.

The idea first took shape strictly with rules and logic in 2000, the same year the first crew boarded the International Space Station.

I’ve grasped precisely the sequencing project plan problems, achieved good results that made Agile an idiom outside of software, and fed into DevOps and the cloud. You can easily find many discussions about how well it has done these things, whether its time has passed, and what strengths and weaknesses have been revealed over the course of two decades. What you can’t find is an attempt to systematically analyze what agile has taught about software engineering and project management, on its own terms or in the context of the overall history of the program.

Our skills in science and technology do not progress in a linear fashion, each step is a progressive good. Many fashionable ideas sound good but are rarely mentioned in polite society after failing to match the hype. But do we learn from these failures through a common narrative?

Software too has its fads: Java is everywhere, anyone? Uncommon (JavaScript, yo) can also be elevated. But what does this mean for the future?

Not that there is no shortage of discussion about every aspect of the fabric of our digital world; is that there is no sense in coherent intellectual analysis. It is like English-speaking politics, in which any tradition of intellectual analysis has been abandoned in favor of the hot style.

Even something as fascinating and profound as the combined rise of open source and the Internet has received less academic attention than the prehistoric parasitology of ants. However, there is no part of trade or culture untouched by the first.

The possibility of building and operating the International Space Station with a potential life of 30 years is because science, technology and engineering live up to their identity as fields. This is how the legacy of enrichment and progress occurs.

The term legacy in IT is a sign of technical shame and debt because we have avoided the mental labor of making it a proper system. As we move into the 21st century with all the problems that bad digital technology can cause, it is our responsibility to make it one of humanity’s great endeavours. Serious intent is not a crime. Fiery death from above is not an option. ®

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