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Yesterday’s technologies, today’s problems:ComputerWorld

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 05:31 PM

When I first heard the story, I didn’t believe it. I mean, really, a Paris airport forced to shut down because a computer running Windows 3.1 crashed? Seriously?

Windows 3.1 is far from the oldest technology still in use. IBM’s OS/2, which went into early retirement in 1996, not longer after Windows 95 appeared, is still used by some bank ATM systems.

There’s a school district in Grand Rapids, Mich., where an ancient Commodore Amiga is still running the heating and AC systems for 19 schools.

If you think that’s bad, Huffman Industrial Warehouse in Eden, N.C., still uses an Apple IIe for accounting. Its “top-of-the-line” IIe has 128KB of RAM, a 1MHz 6502 CPU, an 80-column video card and, for storage, a pair of 5.25-inch floppy disk drives.



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#2 mjd420nova


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 05:38 PM

I see nothing wrong with keeping those old but venerable units operating as long as they still function correctly.  I still use an IBM OC AT unit to collect and control the home electrical system.  Been running non-stop since 1994.  It has WIN3.2 along with Intels AboveBoard, 2 MB memory expansion card and a huge 40 MB Seagate hard drive.  The OS was loaded from the 1.2 MB floppies.

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