After 14 years, LaTeX copy of PhD thesis just works

No bit rot at all – sat 14 years on a CD and with minimal effort I was able to get my dissertation built.

Thomas Dunlop Haynes. Collective Adaptation: The Sharing of Building Blocks. PhD thesis, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA, 1998.

I want to contrast that against my Master’s thesis, which I did in Word and which was a major pain in the rear. Of course, I converted it to LaTeX source as well, and I could probably get it posted up here as well.

I could probably get the GP engine code running again and regenerate all of the data from scratch in a fraction of time on the systems I have sitting around the house. Ahh, too geeky!