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A few years ago, I was called by the manufacturing team to troubleshoot a simulator bench of our own system. The bench had been developed 15 years ago by a subcontractor and was working happily since then. The issue was pressing because it could halt the manufacturing line. I had 0 information or documentation on the bench. All the respective owners had been gone years ago. I was quite happy when I found there was a basic logging system on a serial line.

I think is it more telling about lack of organization rather than wrong technical choice, but sometime you have to deal with legacy systems and it is good to be able to rely on something as universal as text.

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