Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Apr 2013 23:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "While much of the tech world views a two-year-old smartphone as hopelessly obsolete, large swaths of our transportation and military infrastructure, some modern businesses, and even a few computer programmers rely daily on technology that hasn't been updated for decades." Back when I still worked at a hardware and plumbing store - up until about 4-5 years ago - we used MS-DOS cash registers. They are still in use today. If it works, it works.
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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 17th Apr 2013 23:41 UTC
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Frys Electronic superstores sell you everything you could possibly want electronically. You could build a better POS system with parts from the store.

I can't tell if its dos, pre gui PS/2, or a ncurses app. But its pretty obscene. The original CompUsa also had ancient POS systems, they used knuckle busters to process credit cards. I shudder to think the level of fraud they must have endured.

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