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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Frys
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 17th Apr 2013 23:41 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

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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RE: Frys
by anevilyak on Thu 18th Apr 2013 01:12 in reply to "Frys"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a knuckle buster? Haven't heard that term before that I can recall.

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RE[2]: Frys
by tanzam75 on Thu 18th Apr 2013 01:58 in reply to "RE: Frys"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a knuckle buster? Haven't heard that term before that I can recall.


Carbon-impression machines. This is why the digits on credit cards are embossed -- so that they can make an impression on carbon paper. The impression is then sent in to a central office, where it is processed manually. Just like it was done in the 1950s.

It's called a knuckle-buster because it's very heavy.

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RE: Frys
by Yoko_T on Thu 18th Apr 2013 22:03 in reply to "Frys"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

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.


Idiot. Why spend money replacing something that works? Just because a jerk comes along and says you should?

That's how we wound up with and will keep winding up with useless garbage like Gnome3,Unity and Windows8.

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