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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It's wonderful to see these old machines in service, especially since most of the software written back then is still up to the job. Yet the article did highlight a few huge problems, problems that really ought to relegate the oldest of hardware to the domain of tinkerers and collectors. Now some of the men interviewed for this article certainly fit that description. Two thumbs up for those who combine their interests with their businesses! The military doesn't qualify. Large businesses that are critical to the economy don't qualify either. (I've seen major banks running 20 year old hardware that they knew couldn't be repaired or replaced.)

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