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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"A ten year old P-4 or P-4 HT runs Ubuntu just dandy. It's amazing to me people throw them out."

I had two computers and a laptop from that era, all of them have died. Good riddance to the laptop (it overheated quickly and was a PITA to take apart to clean). If they had not broken, I might still be using the desktops (I am reusing the cases).

Frankly they are not in the same class as the ancient computers discussed in the article. When a P4 dies, it is still easily replaceable (with data backups obviously).

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