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Searching for the Oldest Running Application

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the mine-is-older-than-yours dept.

Software 435

A columnist from InternetWeek has completed a search for the oldest running commercial software application. His results are interesting (note that he's mostly skipping over mainframe applications, just looking at PC-based apps).

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3rd post! (-1)

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YOU FAIL IT! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865107)

YOU FAIL IT! YOU FAIL IT BIG TIME!
<FAIL class=IT>YOU</FAIL>

i'm a luser (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865061)

But i still got the first post! Whoohoo

Re:i'm a luser (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865131)

Surely, you jest. First Post is reversed for thems who goes not that way. I'm not getting tired, oh no. See, I've been over every inch of the city, going around in circles. There's no way out! It's all a big jhoke.

Re:i'm a luser (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865166)

YOU FAIL IT LUSER!
<FAIL class=IT>LUSER</FAIL>

FUCK ME (-1, Troll)

(TK7)Dessimat0r (670516) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865062)

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P_______________________8..P
E__Bow down to the_____#~..E
N__Lord's penis_______8.',-N
I_____________________#',-.I
S__Jesus wants your__8',-..S
-__anus, and he_____#~',-..-
P__wants it NOW! ___8_',-..P
E__________________##',-',-E
N__An original_____8',-',";N
I__TrollKore(TM)_____##',-',";I
S__work of art.___8',-',";.S
-__By Dessimat0r ##',-',";.-
P________________8',-',";,.P
E_______________#'',-',";,.E
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-__8(',-',YOUR,.(8',-',";s#-
P_8(',-',MOTHER";#',-',-s8_P
E_#z',-',LOVES,";8',-..s#__E
N_8_.,#',"YOU',";~#,..88___N
I_#.##',-DEARLY,";~8,.8#___I
S_8##',-+~'',-',-~#'8______S
-_#.,..-',-',";.'=8#_______-
P_.8+_',-',";,.'88_________P
E___888',-',";~8___________E
N______8#888#88____________N
I__________________________I
S____.oO TrollKore Oo._____S
-_At the head of the game._-
P__________________________P
E___irc.freedomirc.net_____E
N_______#trollkore_________N
I__________________________I
S__________________________S
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It's got to be (4, Funny)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865067)

Hello World!!!

Re:It's got to be (3, Funny)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865172)

10 PRINTLN "HELLO WORLD"
20 GOTO 10

And this is filler, since my impersonation of pre-shift key BASIC triggered the lameness filter

--

Re:It's got to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865218)

I've left my TRS-80 powered on since the eighties running that exact program, just to act irrationally. It overheats once in a while, even though I keep it in a spare fridge. Anyone have a Color-BASIC version of SETI@Home?

Re:It's got to be (4, Interesting)

plover (150551) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865261)

Hey, I modified a thread engineering program for a TRS-80 for a friend's machine shop back in 1981, and wrote them a new version completely from scratch in GW-BASIC in 1982. They are still using it today (although I had to port it to the IBM PC Basic compiler.) I also wrote a brute-force change gear combination searcher that took a few minutes to sift through all their possible gear combinations.

At least they've upgraded their PCs a few times since then. But the software still runs. It just runs faster (the gear calculator now has the results before the screen refreshes.)

WordStar (2, Interesting)

Latent Heat (558884) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865200)

I am still running WordStar to type up my billing invoices, although I admit it is WordStar 4 rather than the original 1982 vintage PC-DOS WordStar. By the way, the Borland IDE's (Delphi, etc) were pretty WordStar compatible for the longest time, but I haven't checked lately if they still recognize all the ^KB, ^KK, and all that.

Google French Spoof (-1, Offtopic)

mieses (309946) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865068)

Go to Google and type in "french military victories" and then click on "I'm Feeling Lucky."

Re:Google French Spoof (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865110)

Hello, did you know you're Off Topic? In the future, please try to stay on topic and provide infightsul and irreplacable content like you haven't been doing anything else. Remember, we love you.

non-sequitur isn't an application (0, Flamebait)

captainfugacity (639946) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865119)

Jeez, at least come up with a simpsons quote if you're going offtopic. "Yada-yada, square root of a million..." See how easy it is?

err...in reply to the 'google french victory..... (1)

captainfugacity (639946) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865158)

Reply to topic, reply to this...the buttons were so close...the offtopic was second friggin' post at the time.

Mainframe (5, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865071)

note that he's mostly skipping over mainframe applications, just looking at PC-based apps

That makes a biiig difference. I'm contracted out to a bank that has a mainframe system thats been in operation for around 30 years, beating the program her found.

Re:Mainframe (1)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865188)

video games too. somewhere out there there's a working space invaders that beats it too

Re:Mainframe (1)

obotics (592176) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865300)

On a related note, I am sure that someone out there still has a working pong sitting in their garage somewhere... :-)

Re:Mainframe (5, Informative)

EdgeShadow (665410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865192)

Don't mean to be nitpicky, but if you'd bothered to read the whole article you'd have noticed that he mentioned a mainframe program called DATAMOD that dates back to October 1971, which is over 30 years ago. As the main focus of his article was PC applications, however, his article did not give much information on mainframe apps.

Re:Mainframe (3, Interesting)

iocat (572367) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865193)

My girlfriend's mom wrote some of the first conversions of actuarial tables to mainframe, from books, in the 1950s and 1960s (all done w/ punch cards and machine language, of course) at a life insurance company in Mass. The company was still running a lot of her orgininal code when she retired a couple of years ago.

Re:Mainframe (5, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865321)

My girlfriend's mom wrote some of the first conversions of actuarial tables to mainframe, from books, in the 1950s and 1960s (all done w/ punch cards and machine language, of course) at a life insurance company in Mass. The company was still running a lot of her orgininal code when she retired a couple of years ago.

This is obviously an apocryphal story.

Who can spot the inconsistancy that gives this fakery away?




Exactly.

We all know /.'ers don't have girlfriends.

Oldest and most influential.... (3, Funny)

Xandar01 (612884) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865076)

Solitaire

Re:Oldest and most influential.... (1)

obotics (592176) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865319)

Dude, you haven't played Windows card games until you have played Freecell :-)

My genitals ache (-1, Troll)

(TK6)Dessimat0r (670512) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865077)

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P_______________________8..P
E__Bow down to the_____#~..E
N__Lord's penis_______8.',-N
I_____________________#',-.I
S__Jesus wants your__8',-..S
-__anus, and he_____#~',-..-
P__wants it NOW! ___8_',-..P
E__________________##',-',-E
N__An original_____8',-',";N
I__TrollKore(TM)_____##',-',";I
S__work of art.___8',-',";.S
-__By Dessimat0r ##',-',";.-
P________________8',-',";,.P
E_______________#'',-',";,.E
N______________8(',-',";,..N
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I____#=',-',";,._8',-',";,.I
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-__8(',-',YOUR,.(8',-',";s#-
P_8(',-',MOTHER";#',-',-s8_P
E_#z',-',LOVES,";8',-..s#__E
N_8_.,#',"YOU',";~#,..88___N
I_#.##',-DEARLY,";~8,.8#___I
S_8##',-+~'',-',-~#'8______S
-_#.,..-',-',";.'=8#_______-
P_.8+_',-',";,.'88_________P
E___888',-',";~8___________E
N______8#888#88____________N
I__________________________I
S____.oO TrollKore Oo._____S
-_At the head of the game._-
P__________________________P
E___irc.freedomirc.net_____E
N_______#trollkore_________N
I__________________________I
S__________________________S
-PENIS--PENIS--PENIS--PENIS-

All you cock-loving fuckers out there, here is a special treat for you bastards, take a look at this knob. NOW SUCK IT, MOTHERFUCKERS!

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LONG HARD SCHLONG (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865085)

-PENIS--PENIS--PENIS--PENIS-
P_______________________8..P
E__Bow down to the_____#~..E
N__Lord's penis_______8.',-N
I_____________________#',-.I
S__Jesus wants your__8',-..S
-__anus, and he_____#~',-..-
P__wants it NOW! ___8_',-..P
E__________________##',-',-E
N__An original_____8',-',";N
I__TrollKore(TM)_____##',-',";I
S__work of art.___8',-',";.S
-__By Dessimat0r ##',-',";.-
P________________8',-',";,.P
E_______________#'',-',";,.E
N______________8(',-',";,..N
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I____#=',-',";,._8',-',";,.I
S___#=',-',";,..(#',-',";.8S
-__8(',-',YOUR,.(8',-',";s#-
P_8(',-',MOTHER";#',-',-s8_P
E_#z',-',LOVES,";8',-..s#__E
N_8_.,#',"YOU',";~#,..88___N
I_#.##',-DEARLY,";~8,.8#___I
S_8##',-+~'',-',-~#'8______S
-_#.,..-',-',";.'=8#_______-
P_.8+_',-',";,.'88_________P
E___888',-',";~8___________E
N______8#888#88____________N
I__________________________I
S____.oO TrollKore Oo._____S
-_At the head of the game._-
P__________________________P
E___irc.freedomirc.net_____E
N_______#trollkore_________N
I__________________________I
S__________________________S
-PENIS--PENIS--PENIS--PENIS-

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My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (5, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865086)

On a 8088. It works so why change. Which is actually really true. Sometimes why do you need to upgrade to a faster computer if all you want to do is run 1 application that is simple and does the job quite well. Lotus 123 for DOS on an 8088 is quite stable and fast to. (it feels faster then running excel on a 1ghz system) The 8088 and lotus 123 is bassicly the right tool for the right job. Why complain or tinker with it.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865143)

why change? maybe because excel xp has hundreds of more options than lotus 123 and is easier to share work.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865179)

Grow some balls, Bill, and log in, ifyouplease.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (2, Informative)

bre (590722) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865259)

Lotus 123 seems to the job quite well for his dad, so why should he change hundreds of options to customize his excel to do the same for a lot of more money?
Having a lot of options does not necessarily mean that a program is better suited for a problem than a simple one...

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (1)

Rares Marian (83629) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865348)

Share work with who? No one within a city radius still uses that program.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865236)

I sure hope he has at least replaced the computer's monitor. Is he wearing Coke bottle glasses yet? I wouldn't use any of those old monitors regularly without wearing a lead apron and sunglasses!

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (5, Funny)

Dolly_Llama (267016) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865237)

bassicly the right tool for the right job. Why complain or tinker with it.

You must be new here... [/tongueincheek]

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123-Spare me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865257)

"The 8088 and lotus 123 is bassicly the right tool for the right job. Why complain or tinker with it."

I agree. However one very significant problem I've ran into with such old computers. Finding spare parts. That can consume a lot of time. Finding documentation is next in line. Finally finding people familiar with whatever old but useful program you're running.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (-1)

TrollArtist (668954) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865337)

"quite stable and fast to[o]", I think you mean, you fucking cunt.

Re:My Dad Still uses Lotus 123 (0, Troll)

Troll_Kamikaze (646926) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865339)

Yeah, well... my dad could beat your dad up.

I know!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865088)

I'd guess Code Red!

Re:I know!! (0)

trollox (660012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865150)

No, that just attacks web servers that haven't been patched since the 1970's

A further study might include... (5, Interesting)

Jerk City Troll (661616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865092)

...reasons for why really old software/hardware is still in use today. Many people complain that businesses are using heavily outdated software and hardware. These complaints claim that using outdated tools indicates lethargy on the part of the business or organization. However, that is not always so.

Idealy, when programmers write code or engineers design systems, they do it with the ages in mind. While plenty of software developers think that code is throw-away, there are some like myself who like to write enduring code. Perhaps a lot of these ancient systems were just designed so well that their obsolescence is still a long ways off. In that case, the oldest software and hardware is probably to be the most coveted. You usually don't find systems or software today that lasts for decades (and if you're on Microsoft's leash, you're lucky if your software lasts for a year).

It'd be really interesting to see the results. Are these systems really good or are the owners just really lazy?

GM did that exact study. Let me synopsize the resu (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865162)

can you hear me now?

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a|_______|_____________\__________|______|______a_ _
t|_______`._____________|_________|_______:_____t_ _
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Re:A further study might include... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865176)

Idealy, when programmers write code or engineers design systems, they do it with the ages in mind.

Knowingly or unknowingly, you have said something really insightful there. I had an "aha" moment after reading your comment. Consider a Microsoft programmer working on Windows 2003. He knows that Microsoft is already working on the new improved Windows 2005, and the developer on Windows 2005 knows that plans are already under way for Windows 2007.

Now where is the motivation to build reliability and security into the system when you know the code you are writing will not have a usage of more than two years (or so Microsoft hopes, since ideally they would like everyone to upgrade to the version du juor instantly).

No wonder the products that come out seem like they were written in a half baked manner.

Re:A further study might include... (3, Insightful)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865241)

This though fits right into our society's view on everything being disposable.

Re:A further study might include... (4, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865181)

The cost of upgrading is also a major factor. I work with financial institutes, many which use mainframes and some with cobol programmers, etc. All the backend systems still work, work in a reliable time, and have yet to really break. Why spend the tens of millions of dollars and the years to upgrade to a new high-end DB, and reprogram an entire backend to a system which isn't broke in the firstplace?? And, if you decide to change, how secure are you to copy over the financies for hundreds of thousands of people and ensure that you aren't creating lawsuits (missing money) or pissing off the SEC (bad reports due to corrupt data)?

Re:A further study might include... (1)

jwhitener (198343) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865247)

Enduring code is fine, and certainly preferrable, in the mainframe/server arena. However, I see no excuse for letting desktop applications fall behind the times. Users need to be able to truly own there data, and they don't in any way if they can't use it in the larger world... unless, of course, thats your intent, not letting the data escape your archaic system /grin.

mike...care to blow a goat? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865095)

Let the censorware guys have the site back.

Re:mike...care to blow a goat? (-1, Offtopic)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865154)

The oldest running application in the world is harass_michael.pl. I've been running it for more than 2 years continuously. Every second of every day, it sends e-mail to Michael Sims, calls Michael Sims on the phone, and sends abusive faxes to Michael Sims's fax machine.

It will be discontinued when Michael Sims gives my web site back.

Re:mike...care to blow a goat? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865196)

Only one man can downvote my right to free speech so quickly. That man is Michael Sims.

Good thing I just bought a second processor. harass_michael.pl is getting upgraded.

P.S. Props to Bowie J. Poag [slashdot.org] for helping me harass my sworn enemy, Michael Sims.

MY COCK IS RED WITH MASTURBATION (-1, Troll)

(TK5)Dessimat0r (670505) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865096)

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Does he use the Spinocylinder? (4, Funny)

Dirk Pitt (90561) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865098)

My chiropractor is still using Medi-Soft on his 286-10MHz with 512-Kbit RAM and an old 40-Mbyte drive, running DOS 5. He refuses to spend the time to learn something new.

Yeah, that's a guy I want to be adjusting my back. Probably doesn't believe in that 'new fangled' aspirin for aches, either.

Re:Does he use the Spinocylinder? (4, Funny)

swb (14022) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865156)

Shit, he believes in chiropractic for starters. Doesn't that worry you enough?

Re:Does he use the Spinocylinder? (1)

obotics (592176) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865335)

.... and how did you find this out exactly?....... :-)

How about you? (2)

iocat (572367) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865103)

Hey slashdot community, what's the oldest program you've seen running at the office or home, not counting classic games? Personally I've been using Bank Street Filer on Apple //c (c. 1983) to catalog my game collection, just for kicks. Most of my collection is classic games, so it seems appropriate...

Re:How about you? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865248)

well, if I fired up my C64 (with Star NP10 dotmatrix printer) I could have Bank Street Writer running....

Re:How about you? (1)

nbvb (32836) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865354)

I still have a 5.25" floppy with BSW for MS-DOS 1.0 on it somewhere.

I had the Apple //e version as well, but I have no idea where that floppy went ....

lharc.exe (4, Interesting)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865105)

I'm still using lharc.exe by good ol Yoshi.

The archives are a little larger, and it does not take the longer file names, but for compressing one or two files it is much smaller and much easier to use than old dos PKZip (which needs 3 much larger files to do what lharc.exe does) or any Winzip version.

From his previous article ... (2, Funny)

vivek7006 (585218) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865114)

"The winner will receive $25"

I bet he must have got gazillion entries ..

The fix is in (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865225)

The winner, the guy running and using the oldest software, didn't get the 25 bucks! He gave it to the developer, who is not currently supporting the application.

What a rip off.

DOS Rulz (1)

AwesomeJT (525759) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865117)

Talk about old software, I have friends that are perfectly happy with DOS and don't want that new GUI thing. Of course, I like Linux, at least I can feel comfortable in 20 year old unix box which still hasn't needed to be rebooted.

Over all, the quality of modern software has gone way down so I won't be surprised if there were lots of unix based applications still running.

Re:DOS Rulz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865263)

good job they never find bugs in kernel code

don't forget hardware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865327)

I would add that the quality of _hardware_ has decreased significantly too, which can account for a number of reboots on its own. It may be faster, but its just not as bombproof as it used to be.

A good read... (1)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865118)

I found the article to be quite interesting. I did find it somewhat suprising that a business app would be the oldest. One would think a game would be, due to their immense popularity. Perhaps Atari and such thought that the PC would never dominate the consoles as a gaming platform.

In any case, a good read.

(-:Stephonovich:-)

Re:A good read... (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865318)

Actually, after the game crash of '83, everyone just assumed that the gaming console was dead and buried.

After all, why would anyone pay for a video game only device, when they could get something like a Commodore 64, play the same games, and do their taxes and write letters?

When the Famicom was introduced to America, it was called the Nintendo Entertainment System. They restyled it to look more high-tech, with its front-loading cartridge slot, and promised keyboard and disk add-ons which never came out (they did in japan, though). They basically marketed it as a home PC system to compete with C-64s and Atari STs and PC Jrs, etc.

It worked, and it brought the console back from the brink of extinction.

Longest running app? (5, Funny)

bugnuts (94678) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865121)

Definitely the Blue Screen of Death!

I still (0)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865135)

I still have Windows 3.1 on a system. OUCH!

got one right on my comp (1)

abhisarda (638576) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865139)

My father got a 286 in 1990 and had a custom accounting software package made then for his office. Cost him some 300 $ then.

The 286 was junked 2 years back but the the software still runs in the office on a pentium 100 and my computer too(as a backup). Other than bringing it upto date for y2k, the code is the same.

Slashdotted... (4, Funny)

BlindSpot (512363) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865140)

Well we know it's definitely NOT his web server!

Scorched Earth myself (3, Funny)

Openadvocate (573093) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865146)

I can submit Scorched Earth [classicgaming.com] myself. I had totally forgotten that my PC had an internal speaker until I ran it.

Re:Scorched Earth myself (3, Informative)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865207)

Dude... its time to upgrade [employees.org] ! Scorched 3D complete with an OpenGL renderer!

WILL YOU, UH, SCRATCH MY SCROTUM? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865147)

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MS Flight SImulator (4, Funny)

Smallpond (221300) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865149)

Microsoft Flight Simulator: A Century of Flight [msn.com] .

I'd say 100 years is a fairly long-running app.

Re:MS Flight SImulator (5, Funny)

haystor (102186) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865219)

Well, before Windows 2000 there was Windows 3.
I guess that would make it 2000 years old now.

How about version numbers? Emacs is on 21.something now. I think AutoCad is up in the 16 range by now.

I can be your liar, la la la (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865153)

In the beginning, there was, darkness [grr] . Then came, the strangers [grr] .

Lazy IS staff (2, Insightful)

jwhitener (198343) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865157)

Sounds like some of these places just have plain lazy IS staff. I mean, take that office still using an ancient form of Lotus notes. The excuse, "cause the mainframe can't handle uploads in any other format" or some such nonsense. You don't place the burden of old mainframe technology on the users front end.
Any large company thats been around a while is going to have a legacy system here or there, its up to the IS staff to interface the old with the new.

I am gay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865165)

I am very, very gay. I am so gay, that I am actually posting on Slashdot, which is a true milestone of homosexuality, since slashdot is truely the gayest site on the internet.

Re:I am gay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865197)

...not that there's anything wrong with it. If you stroke it, it will become BIG, bigger than you will ever know.

THIS IS THE LONGEST FUCKING APPLICATION OF VIAGRA (-1)

(TrollCore)Dessimat0 (663223) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865170)

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E__________________##',-',-E
N__An original_____8',-',";N
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Damn (2, Interesting)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865194)

In the entrance to my work, we have little pc set up running a dos based virus scanner app. It's been there for at LEAST 10 years. I've never seen a single person use it. About 2 weeks ago they FINALLY got rid of it. I have NEVER seen monitor burn that bad...it looked like the app had gone monochrome but it was still plain as day.

10 years?! (1)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865208)

They left an app running for 10 years? What's the point? Were you supposed to scan stuff you brought in/took out?

(-:Stephonovich:-)

I read that as the oldest *running* application... (1)

paynter (8696) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865198)

...which would be more-or-less equivalent to the longest uptiime, I guess.

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html

Oldest App, or Oldest RUNNING app... (4, Interesting)

reezle (239894) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865221)

I read the article the other way.
I'm thinking it might be much more interesting to throw the mainframes, etc back into the fray, and find the oldest continually running app...

It just might turn out to be a copy of Novell server sitting in somebody's closet, or inside a wall... [techweb.com]

I suppose we'd need to qualify exactly what an application is, and perhaps we'd find an example where it didn't meet the criteria when switched on way-back-when, but has had bits added to it along the way, and now does?

Re:Oldest App, or Oldest RUNNING app... (1)

sporty (27564) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865287)

You prolly mean oldest app or longest running app. :)

Old software... (2, Interesting)

Warui Kami (104676) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865230)

I did some contract work for someone (names hidden to protect the innocent) last year who was using a database package named CornerStone (I think).

This program was written by the people at InfoGames for internal use in the early 80s and then sold as a product starting in 1984 or so.

I was called in when his Pentium-class machine he'd been running dos 6.2 on died and he needed either a replacement or the program hacked to run on newer OSes. It turned out that it would not run on FAT32 or NTFS partitions, or in Windows in general due to memory handling, but ran just fine under VirtualPC 5 (MacOS X 10.2) with a <2GB partition.

Just for kicks, I moved him almost entirely over to the Mac and set up one of his Win95 machines to run it in dos-mode as a back-up. After using it for the last 15 years, I doubt they'll ever change. Inertia in the officeplace is a scary thing.

When Microsoft was open source ... (1)

tetranz (446973) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865246)

Slightly OT but can anyone else remember a typing tutor program by Microsoft written in TRS-80 basic?

I think its the first MS software I remember. The second would have been Edtasm (edit assembler) for TRS-80.

Re:When Microsoft was open source ... (1)

swb (14022) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865330)

The first MS application I ever remember was TASC (The AppleSoft Compiler).

IIRC it was two sides of a 5.25 floppy, each side of the floppy holding one of the two compiler stages.

Of course I never did anything useful with it, other than compiling brickout and being amazed at how unplayable it had become.

Bah (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865260)

We still support dispatching systems that date back to the late 70s. So I guess an HP mainframe doesnt count, but do the dumb terminals that have been replaced with PCs count?

PC Term or minicom or whatever dos based terminal software got shoved on there when the PC came out.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I know for a fact that some custom code I wrote in the early 90s is still running. It basically just printed bin labels for an inventory system.

I know it's a shock to geeks, but a commodore 64 can drive a 1200 baud serial printer just as well as a dual Xeon 2.4 with a jigawig of RAM.

DOS databases... (2)

njan (606186) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865266)

One large retail company I worked for as a DBA still used a version of well-known DOS database package which can't have been last updated any later than 1990, and was probably much older. The floor of the office dealing with their product line had an office intercom and klaxon system - so that all of the employees could be informed when they needed to quit the database software (every 10 minutes or so) because the system wouldn't handle multiple users and they needed to syncronise the managed copy with a working copy linked into the store systems. :)

how about... (1)

intermodal (534361) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865267)

unix? or DOS? ls and dir have been used for ages both on servers and desktops.

My Mom (1)

scrotch (605605) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865283)

My Mom is a paralegal and still uses some DOS word processor on an old 286 with a 5" floppy to type letters and legal stuff. She's got a PC running Windows 98 in the same room, but won't use it. She says she can get a letter printed from the DOS app (wish I knew what it was) before she can get Word open.

I've always used Macs, and tried to tell her how much easier the GUI the GUI would make everything. (Though I didn't know how to get all of her old files onto the new PC with that tiny 3.5 floppy.) Then I watched her type the 'old way' once - making selections before the screen finished redrawing, spewing out 80 words a minute and printing in a keystroke - and she convinced me. There is no point in newer software for her.

Oldest Source code i could find ... (2, Interesting)

Linux Home Automatio (670492) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865294)

Here's a clip from the comments I found in a program to calculate Sun rise & sun set:

** SUN.C Version 1.0 Michael Schwartz December 25, 1984

I've only modified it slightly to correct for float and double. I still use it in my Home Automation software to calculate Sunrise/Sunset. Hey it works well.

Wow.... (1)

Stalemate (105992) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865347)

What a way to spend the holidays. I don't think I could stand the excitement...

Quicken 5 (1)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865296)

I still run Quicken 5. It's a lot faster and more intuitive than the newer versions, and I don't have to deal with Intuit's new DRM and spyware. I back up the whole program and all 6 years of data on a single floppy.

Jason
ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]

Is your application running? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865310)

Well you'd better go catch it!

n00b!

We just stopped using... (1)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865316)

Paradox 4.5 for DOS,
Lotus 123R3 (DOS),
We had (up 'til last month) a Win 3.1 machine (a 486) on our network (Great Plains Dynamics for DOS),
and within the last 3 years have finally killed off the old Novell 3.12 servers (replaced with Novell 5 and 6).

You want old? We got old...

Re:We just stopped using... (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865338)

The place I used to work at had a 286 printing bills of lading at the shipping desk.

If it hasn't broken (and I doubt it has), I'm sure it's still in use today.

After all, if it aint broke...

I nominate edlin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865320)

Well,

if you are talking about P.C. programs I nominate edlin.

Or does someone actually have to use it for it to count?

It's SyncSort (5, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865326)

The oldest commercial application, i.e. one sold as a software product, is SyncSort. [syncsort.com] SyncSort was one of the very first commercial third-party software applications. It was also the first to be patented. SyncSort, Inc. was formed in 1969.

SyncSort was the first useful sort program to break the O(N log N) barrier (yes, this is possible, CS101 kiddies). This was a huge win for mainframe shops with their big tape-to-tape sort jobs. That's what all those spinning tape reels were doing on early computers. SyncSort cut days off some batch jobs.

You can buy current versions of SyncSort. The old versions for IBM mainframes are still available, and you can get it as an Active-X control for Windows. So that's a 34-year old product, little changed in decades and still doing a useful job today.

I did maintenance programming on a competitive product, UNIVAC Exec II Sort/Merge, around 1969. SyncSort was faster. They really did have a better, and patented, algorithm.

Strom looks like my Hiigh School art teacher (1)

simul (113898) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865334)

In summary: There's a bunch of people out there who either were too poor, to cheap or never needed to upgrade their software.

I debugged an DOS/Informix 1.0 system for a shop on Wall Street this year. Did I like it? A bit. But only because it was *new* to me. Teh guy who built it hated it so much that he wouldn't take money from the company to maintain it any more. And with good reason.

Is that really intresting to anyone? Maybe only for nostalgic technophiles with good fashion sense....

Go outside (5, Insightful)

teetam (584150) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865343)

Go outside USA and you will find tons of such applications still being used.

Remember, only in the Western world is software/hardware cheap when measured against the cost of living.

In India, for example, a cheap PC would cost more than what most people earn in a month. I bet there would be many schools and homes with old PCs and software simply because it costs too much to upgrade.

Why Upgrade? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5865351)

As long as you keep up with regular maintence and run the same programs, there is really no need to upgrade. If a program ran good and stable 20 years, excluding any hardware problems, it should run the same on the same old machine. Why waste money just to get a fancier, more appealing interface and countless, annoying, useless options that will never be touched.

Plus they just don't make them like they used to. I have seen many modern pentium based system come and go (and get chucked in the dumpster), while the 286, 386, and 486 systems still go strong.

Norton Commander for DOS (4, Interesting)

Larry_Dillon (20347) | more than 11 years ago | (#5865365)

It's not the oldest, but I still put Norton Commander for DOS (circa 1989) on boot floppies. A two pane file browser, an editor and lap-link file transfer in under 80K.

If I still had an older version, it did most of the same stuff in about 53k. it was from around 1985.
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