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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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Thu 18th Apr 2013 14:42 UTC
Laurence
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Last month I was playing around on an old PDP with 'core memory'[1], which is literally a lattice of magnetic beads used as RAM back before silicon transistors existed.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic-core_memory

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