Monday, February 28, 2005

Cultural Icon Watch

A column by Jack McLean in the Glasgow Herald uses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Rosetta Stone as examples of robust ancient technology:
Talking of being dead, my computer has finally died. It was, for a computer, very elderly. There is something called a hard-drive or some such jargon which might be saved so that I can get the seven years of material on it but this might not be possible. There may be millions of words lost. New technology isn't a patch on the old one is it? I mean what with the Rosetta Stone and the Dead Sea Scrolls, well, computers are rubbish really.