Stuff that has been around for x years, can be expected to be around for another x years.
That is what the Lindy effect tells us.
Read about Lindy in Nassim Taleb’s Skin in the Game.
This informs how we should approach legacy technology:
- Maintain it motherly, or
- Decommission it aggressively
The Lindy effect also informs us how to approach the adoption of new technology: with care.