Recently, I read an article in eWeek (Deep Space Network: Can You Hear Me Now?) about the Deep Space Network. One of my first programming jobs was working on an upgrade of the DSN because it was then aging, with parts of it being 20 years old. But the primary reason for the upgrade was that due to the older techonology used, it would have been unable to communicate with the Voyager I and II spacecraft on their encounters with Uranus and Neptune.
So, it was with a certain fondness that I read the article. Imagine my chagrin when I realized that the parts we hadn’t replaced were now forty years old, and the parts we had replaced were now considered as ancient as we had thought those original parts were. Arggh.