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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"...I don't think they ever returned to their original efficiency."

Your point is well taken, the mouse often takes more time and effort than a quick muscle memory keystroke, particularly for repetitive tasks. Although it's not really a technology limitation, just a poor UI for the task at hand. The tablet version will fix everything ;)

In many of these cases it's pretty obvious the proprietors are using their old clunkers for sentimental reasons rather than objective ones. An electromechanical spreadsheet?!? I cannot stop laughing at that one. IMHO it's not really worth risking one's business data & operation on an irreplaceable computer relic. Do they even still make 5.25" floppy disks?

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