A curious case of reverse semantics has existed in the information technology space for some time. That is, the word “legacy”—defined as something handed down from generation to generation—has come to mean outdated, closed, proprietary and all sorts of other nasty things.

Of course, I’m referring to the pejorative term applied to mainframe computers, as well as midrange-class systems, and I guess, at this point, Windows XP, 2000 and NT systems.

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