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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If it ain't broke...
by Dave_K on Thu 18th Apr 2013 13:43 UTC
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A local vet's surgery was still using a CP/M system with 8" floppy disks for storage back in 2003/4. I think that's the only CP/M system I've seen in daily use in the 21st century.

Back in 1999/2000 my local hospital's labs used 8bit BBC Micro computers with dot matrix printers to output results from some of their lab equipment. A long defunct company had created bespoke software and hardware to connect the instruments to the BBC's analogue port. This was still working after over 15 years and did the job perfectly well. It wouldn't surprise me if they were still in use today.

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