I'm reading today's Wall St Journal. In the letters to the editor, we have an old NASA hand, so old he joined the outfil before it was NASA. He talks about the old old days when we all kept engineering notebooks, in which we recorded the results of lab work. Then he explains how like everyone else, we started keeping records like that on personal computers.
Then he veers off on a strange track. He claims that his new laptop cannot real his old files anymore. Obsolescence he claims. This never happened to me. In the early days I kept my records in plain ASCII text files on MS-DOS. I have stuff going back to the 80's that Windows 8 has no trouble reading. Later when Windows 3.1 cam in, I used Word. My current Word has no trouble reading my oldest Word documents.
Either this guy was using a strange OS, or some strange word processor. Or he gives up easily. Wanna bet you can download just about any old obsolete word processing program from somewhere if you do some looking?