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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Ancient or fossils?
by adkilla on Thu 18th Apr 2013 14:59 UTC
adkilla
Member since:
2005-07-07

I think a more apt title would be "Computer fossils in use today".

It would be wise to never connect these things to the Internet. The Internet can be a very cruel mistress.

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RE: Ancient or fossils?
by MacTO on Thu 18th Apr 2013 16:52 in reply to "Ancient or fossils?"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

I hope you realise that the IBM 402 cannot even connect to the Internet, in any form, because it is just a tabulator.

As for the rest, yeah the internet can be harsh. Most of them can handle specialized tasks. Web pages though, those machines would barely be able to hold the HTML of a single modern web page in memory.

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RE[2]: Ancient or fossils?
by bryhhh on Fri 19th Apr 2013 07:40 in reply to "RE: Ancient or fossils?"
bryhhh Member since:
2005-07-22

...and even if you could, they be far more secure than any modern operating system. On a lot of these legacy systems, finding people of working age that know the first thing about them is a challenge, never mind trying to find someone that is familiar with developing software for them.

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