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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Don't know about businesses, but...
by benali72 on Fri 19th Apr 2013 01:43 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

A ten year old P-4 or P-4 HT runs Ubuntu just dandy. It's amazing to me people throw them out. But then, they're not people, are they? They're Windows consumers.

Edited 2013-04-19 01:45 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

benali72,

"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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dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

A ten year old P-4 or P-4 HT runs Ubuntu just dandy. It's amazing to me people throw them out. But then, they're not people, are they? They're Windows consumers.

I put Win7 (64-bit, even) on a P4 at work recently, and that ran fine - it was at least as usable as XP install it replaced.

As for myself, I guess I could use a pentium4 as my FreeBSD machine - but it's already a Core2Quad (my previous gaming machine), and that's just so much more pleasant to compile things on. Even though a P4 works, the same amount of electricity and a cheap/free newer machine will be more pleasant no matter what you've installed on it. ;)

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