You should have a plan to replace and upgrade the whole thing one piece at a time, even if not replacing the whole system at once.
Thing of it is, though, regarding platform upgrades such as software built upon IE6, Windows 9x (or whatever it's tied to) often requires a complete redesign of the framework due to API changes, etc. Machines can be replaced with newer stuff that does the exact same thing (same input, same output, regardless of the process during), so that it doesn't interrupt the overall flow.
Am I the only one that's thought of adding some sort of acceleration based generator to this thing to replace the battery so that you could shake it to erase it? Then it truly would be a modern etch-a-sketch.
There's generally little difference between a child at 8 months and 28 days versus at 9 months. In fact, the mother could decide to have an elective c-section at 8 months and 28 days an make that the kids "birthday".
No offense, but your argument is flawed. A human is considered to be born once it exits the womb, no matter when or how. Software is also born, if you will, as soon as it is released, no matter how or when, during whatever stage of development. Thus when Linus released the initial source code to Linux on UseNet (Aug 25 1991, 11:12PM is when notification was posted, according to archives), that is when it was born.
So, good ol' Bill was right! 640K of RAM is all you'll ever need!
First, let me admit that I have not yet RTFA, but let me place a rebuttal anyway.
No, Daemons and Services are absolutely NOT the same as device driver support. That being said, all operating systems start up several different services, etc, by default. Using MySQL as the example, several Linux distributions apparently start MySQL by default along with several other programs. Most users of these distributions often never use MySQL, so the maintainers are removing it from the default startup script. Whilst the software itself may still be included with the operating system, the change of not starting it by default increases overall computer performance (due to fewer programs being run). The comment that this idea can make the operating system run on more hardware is then technically correct regarding slower CPUs and/or less RAM.
In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.