Software Archaeology
Overcoming Planned and Unplanned Obsolescence

Obsolescence can be overcome - even it is a matter of decades old software, exotic systems or rare devices. In the broader sense of the rather young discipline of Software Archaeology, I attend to this topic for you. Benefit from my extensive experience with life-sustaining measures for ancient laboratory technology in academic environments. Following your requirements, for instance, I bring your badly needed software onto a newer platform, I reconstruct functionality and data, I convert files from old into modern formats or I breathe new life into your irreplaceable equipment, which has aged with dignity.

Once created and used, technology does never become truly obsolete. As a legacy, it lives much longer than we tend to realize - just like products, which were created by it. Occasionally, in certain environments, software is intentionally used far beyond its "use-by date". Control systems of expensive laboratory or medical devices are prominent examples. In this context, allegedly obsolescent software running on allegedly obsolescent platforms is increasingly becoming a massive challenge. Very often, it can not be run on younger systems. Its documentation is incomplete, if it does exist at all. Even in fortunate scenarios, files generated by it can only partially be read by modern software. Even if the manufacturers are still in business, they rarely offer support. Therefore, a defect in a particular device or the loss of a single storage medium can have far reaching and painful consequences. The replacement or processing of data which was believed to be secure not too long ago suddenly becomes an insuperable obstacle.