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What's the Oldest Hardware You are Still Using?

Cliff posted about 11 years ago | from the oldies-but-goodies dept.

Hardware 1705

ScottBob asks: "Seeing the recent post about the vintage computer festival got me thinking about old hardware I'm still using in my 'modern' computer. I have a 1 ghz Celeryonion machine, but when I bought the mobo I specifically looked for one with an ISA slot so I could still use my old Zoltrix modem I bought in '97 when V.90 was adopted (when it probably would have been cheaper to buy an ISA-less mobo and a PCI modem). I've also moved a '93 model floppy drive from machine to machine, and it still works. Usually, monitors and power supplies survive the ravage Moore's law has on hardware, but what other things does everybody else save when they cruft together a new machine? Anybody ever do things like disguise a 4 GHz P4 in an ancient 8086 machine box? While on the subject, is anybody still running old DOS programs in a DOS box on a Windows machine (e.g. a database) because your company is too poor/cheap to upgrade or doesn't want to bother with any free alternatives?"

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fucking bitches (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204259)

FP nigs.

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204260)

FP trolling

Thou have fizzled (-1, Troll)

Jamal von Bismarck (713691) | about 11 years ago | (#7204380)

Better recognize, cuz.

GeForce 2 MX 400 (1)

pdbogen (596723) | about 11 years ago | (#7204262)

Oldest hardware I have is my video card. Damn not having money...

Re:GeForce 2 MX 400 (1)

rblancarte (213492) | about 11 years ago | (#7204341)

How about a Sound Card? It is not in my primary machine, but I have a Gravis UltraSound (GUS) in my secondary computer.

I also have a P120 in my Tertiary computer.

We are talking like Circa 1993 on those.

Power Cord (4, Funny)

onyxruby (118189) | about 11 years ago | (#7204264)

Power Cord, leftover from 8086. Least valuable part then, most valuable part now. Still using it too.

Impressive. (1)

BoomerSooner (308737) | about 11 years ago | (#7204310)

I'm using MS Xenix (actually SCO) on 5.25 Floppies and I also have an old DOS 3.2 with GW Basic (forshadowing GW Bush maybe?). Nothing beats playing with an old system to help you realize what you've got.


Re:Power Cord (2, Funny)

Large Green Mallard (31462) | about 11 years ago | (#7204375)

I'm still using a power cord from a 1984 vintage Mac 128K. I know it's from that cause there's an Apple embossed in the plug.

Still have an old 486 running... (2, Interesting)

tekiegreg (674773) | about 11 years ago | (#7204268)

For those vintage games, my personal favorite being Darklands by Microprose, and the occasional bout of A-Train my Maxis. Still can't beat a 486 with DOS 5.0 for some stuff :-) actually our voicemail system at work is DOS 6.2 as well.

Keyboard (4, Interesting)

Libor Vanek (248963) | about 11 years ago | (#7204270)

Hey - I use 1991 keyboard with my dual Opteron database server :)

Re:Keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204361)

My keyboard's about 20 years old.
I got it with an over-powered XT, and I still use it now on my P4. It's the only piece of hardware I refuse to let go of and upgrade to a newer version.
It's got a solar powered calculator on the number pad, nice springy keys that click pleasingly when I type, and best of all, NO WINDOWS KEY!

Easy... (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | about 11 years ago | (#7204271)

the x86 I wired-wrapped by hand for a senior project...ran at a whopping 2Mhz.

What's the oldest hardware I'm still using? (5, Funny)

kawabago (551139) | about 11 years ago | (#7204273)

My boyfriend!

Re:What's the oldest hardware I'm still using? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204316)

Zing! Put some new batteries in that rabbit ... which is probably the second oldest piece of hardware ....

Re:What's the oldest hardware I'm still using? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204346)

faggot! get the fuck out of here. we don't take kindly to you people around here. you're worse than the niggers. at least the niggers are predictable - they just want to make illegitimate children, eat fried chicken, and steal cars - you faggots, who the fuck knows what you're going to do next?

Re:What's the oldest hardware I'm still using? (-1, Troll)

kawabago (551139) | about 11 years ago | (#7204389)

Was that you sucking my cock? You can't even do that well!

old hardware (2, Interesting)

dewke (44893) | about 11 years ago | (#7204276)

I still use a Tyan Tomcat IV with a p120 as a firewall/dns/mail server.

The motherboard isn't 100% Y2K compliant but it runs like a champ.


Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204277)



Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204330)

Excuse me, sir, but I think you misspoke. See, it's "Linux" not "Lunix." I think you accidently swapped the "i" and the "u", lol! Don't worry, it's an easy mistake to make, and it's not easy being new. Well, welcome to Slashdot!

WooHoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204282)

first post!

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204283)

does my floppy drive count? :)

IBM model M keyboard (5, Interesting)

asmithmd1 (239950) | about 11 years ago | (#7204284)

Vintage 1984 with a solid steel backplate the thing weighs almost 5lbs. The buckling spring keys give excellent tactile and audible feedback. I need to get a new PC but the keyboard is staying

Zoom 19.2 Modem! (1)

preric (689159) | about 11 years ago | (#7204285)

the company I work for sync's in to their headquarter database on a 486, Windows 95 and a external Zoom 19.2 modem. It has so many red/green lights, it's like a tiny xmas tree!

My current MAIN computer (1)

Vargasan (610063) | about 11 years ago | (#7204286)

The only computer I own at the moment is an old laptop.

Toshiba Satellite Pro 490XCDT
PII - 266Mhz
64MB SDRAM (Max of 96 supported)

Re:My current MAIN computer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204378)

are you poor or jewish?

please note that both are equally disgusting - i just want to know which camp to ship you to once i come to power.

Mouse Pad (0)

PaintyThePirate (682047) | about 11 years ago | (#7204289)

I'm still using my good old Micron mouse pad from 1986, the year I was born.

486DX/33 (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 11 years ago | (#7204290)

Is the oldest one i use on a regular basis..

Its got a 20mb harddrive.. 2 network cards and a internal modem..

Stuck on FreeSco and it works just fine as a router/emergency dial-backup machine for customers in trouble....

It's still running! (1)

DocUi (697881) | about 11 years ago | (#7204291)

One day I went upstairs to my parents house and hooked up my old Commodre Vic 20!!! I got it when I was 4 from my parents! I had to fight for time on it playing omega race, radar Rat race with my father! I loved the tape player/storage device!

When ever I Go home I fire it up just to remember. PEEK and POKE were the best!

PowerMac 9600 ... using since 1997 as main machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204292)

PowerMac 9600. Originally came with a 300MHz PPC 604, but have since upgraded to a 700MHz G4. This puppy is still kicking, running and Jaguar.

I will officially retire it (run Linux PPC on it) next year when I get a dual 3GHz G5 PowerMac! Or maybe I'll just wait until the G6...

I also have a Mac II, but that is just there for novelty. Like my collection of dil....oops ;)

Sort of using. . . (1)

AlgoRhythm (701779) | about 11 years ago | (#7204293)

I have a K6-2 300 that I pulled out of retirement this spring for a linux box. That isn't very old (ok, maybe 6 yrs is old), but the ISA Sound Blaster 16 that I slapped in it for sound is old than me (I think).

"is anybody still running old DOS programs" (1)

willll (635932) | about 11 years ago | (#7204296)

I run Commander Keen

ti99a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204298)

munch man is the best!!!

Tandy 1000 RL (0)

LoudMusic (199347) | about 11 years ago | (#7204299)

I am using my Tandy 1000 RL (circa 1989?) as a monitor stand. Oh! Better yet, I'm using an Apple Power Macintosh 6100/66 as a monitor stand at work. It's from mid 1985.

Both are in daily use and serving quite well.

p0--000202p (-1)

cmdr_shithead (527909) | about 11 years ago | (#7204300)

this post is the tets oRF THEW SLAsshdort intellignes system!!!@@!!!

Toss up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204301)

I have an old dual floppy drive that supports 3.5" and 5.25"... just in case I need to read a 5.25" floppy. I also have my USR Courier modem back from the early 90's. Went through several upgrades, and still works great, although I don't need to use it much.

Oldest Hardware (1)

trompete (651953) | about 11 years ago | (#7204302)

My oldest computer is an XT box, but that doesn't work anymore.

My oldest working computer is a 1995 Acer Acros P75 with 48 megs of ram and a 1.2 gigabyte hard drive.

The oldest piece of hardware in my gaming machine (this one) is my Sound Blaster Live Platinum (1999), but that will be replaced shortly.

What i got (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204307)

Have a celery466/wfreebsd working as my nat box and hard drive holder( yes the case is off with the box on its side and my hard drives sitting on the corners, and i have my 3com isa nicas well
3c509b maybe if i remember

Frankenstein box (1)

localghost (659616) | about 11 years ago | (#7204308)

My current computer has at least one part from all those that came before it (Which currently is two computers). It's got the floppy drive from a c.1995 IBM Aptiva and a DVD drive from a 2000 Aptiva. It's also got the hard drive from the same 2000 Aptiva. That hard drive was shit on by countless mice, and was taken outside in the rain, and yet still works. I had thought it was dead, so I kicked it around a bit, then I figured I'd see if I could recover anything off it, and lo and behold, it worked perfectly. I don't store anything important on it, though.

386DX-25 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204309)

One of our clients runs Metaframe and has a user on a 386DX-25 running a DOS thin client

Oh, I see! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204312)

I was wondering what the hell you guys were talking about, I mean reusing old parts... Then it struck me! You guys are talking about PCs, duh! I assumed you were talking real computers, ie Macs.

Fscktarded question. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204313)

I have some nails I bought back in the late 60s that I'm still using to hang some pictures on my walls. I think I bought the hammer back then too.

What a dumbass question.

P1 all the way! (1)

CrystalArchangel (627622) | about 11 years ago | (#7204314)

Ok, not for me, but...

My roomate is still using a Pentium 1 233 MHz. It chugs along, and he threatens to shoot it on a regular basis, as it's either that, or no computer, well...

My sister is actually using the same processor in her computer. That thing's gone through three hard drives so far in it's lifespan, but that chip is still rock stable. The only problems that ever come up are simple incompatibilities with new software.

Me personally though? Oldest thing in my current setup is my Pentium III 800 MHz. Most of the rest of the setup is under two years old.

Not much but... (2, Informative)

de Selby (167520) | about 11 years ago | (#7204317)

Just my Sound Blaster 16 ISA card.

My oldest PC card from 1993... (1)

antdude (79039) | about 11 years ago | (#7204321)

is my Sound Blaster 16 ISA card that was from my 486 DX2/66 machine (DOOM was fast!!). It is currently in my little server/backup workstation Linux box (Red Hat Linux 7.1 with Kernel 2.4.20). It works. I will eventually have to dump that card when I upgrade that little box because newer motherboards don't support ISA cards anymore. I have had that card since December 1993. Great card unlike today's SB cards!

I did have a 3.5" disk drive since then, but it died a few months ago. SB Live is the last thing alive right now.

A 1200 baud modem.... (2, Interesting)

TeddyR (4176) | about 11 years ago | (#7204324)

We have a client that has remote site data collection units that are dialed into periodically to pick up reports. The modem on the units (which have been running flawlessly since '91) are old 1200 baud modems. Since its not broken, there was no need to replace the units...

Old? (1)

Lesrahpem (687242) | about 11 years ago | (#7204325)

I happen to have an AS400 from 1989 in my basement (running), along with a few i486SX cpu's for teaching unix classes, and my desktop I actually use has a hard drive from 1992 or so in it just to store my music.

School ... (2, Funny)

SuperDuG (134989) | about 11 years ago | (#7204327)

I'm taking COBOL which is on an IBM s390 running zOS and MVS. I know that the s390 is relatively new, but the damned thing is still relatively old and a pain to use :-) I've also got a 486 DX2 running at 66mhz running as a router here, it's not really doing much, besides routing all the houses packets, but it's around 11 - 12 years old. And every now and then I fire up the apple IIe for just plain old fun, I think that thing is getting in the ballpark of 18 - 19 years old. But as far as "running" or "using" you really can't get by running anything older than 5 years old for a workstation, I don't care how big of a mac fan you are :-)

Oldest I've seen in use but not by me (4, Interesting)

afidel (530433) | about 11 years ago | (#7204331)

A fellow tech had a service call at a client that had been around so long that their info wasn't even in our "new" dispatching system (dating back to the early 90's). They had a remote office that was having some problems communicating back with the main office mainframe complex. Said tech goes out to client site and finds out that the way they communicate back to the mainframe is a custom app running on an origional IBM PC XT and the reason it's not working is that the HDD has wonked out. Well he does the old rap the drive on the countertop trick to get it spun up and tells them that he will look for a replacement drive but he states very ademantly that he makes no promises. Well after having a good laugh with the parts dispatcher he finds the FRU number in an old manual and does a search, low and behold one of our third party parts distributer has 15 of them IN STOCK! He orders one and then finds an ancient copy of ghost that can deal with the old system. He attaches the new drive and copies the partition over, viola, a system that will probably run for another 15+ years.

Interestingly enough, my keyboard (1)

MajroMax (112652) | about 11 years ago | (#7204332)

Each system I've used, ever since my first, has used some components (to a greater or lesser degree) from the one before it.

The only part original to the lot is my keyboard... it was original with a 386 (AMD brand, I believe) computer, with a whopping 8MB of RAM. The keyboard is mighty unusual, also -- it's the only one I've ever seen with diagonal arrow keys [barely functional], an on-keyboard "turbo" button for changing keyboard repeat rate.

Other features include an asterisk between the right control and alt keys, an unlabeled key (that seems to be a backslash) between left control and alt keys, and a giant L-shape enter key [with full-length backspace above it].

No date on the keyboard itself, although identification on the bottom says "Focus Electronic Co, Ltd." with "Made in Taiwan."

I'm still use my... (1)

rev0102 (701177) | about 11 years ago | (#7204333)

Atari 2600 Video Computer System.

5.25" Floppy! (1)

Lord Byron II (671689) | about 11 years ago | (#7204336)

I'm using a 5.25" floppy on my 1.5GHz P4. It works surprisingly well. Windows 2000 and my Intel mobo both support it fine, except I have the 850GB mobo, which only supports one removable drive at a time. So whenever I want to go back to my 3.5", it means I have to remove the cover and physically swap the cables.

Dual Ppro (1)

matt2413 (135292) | about 11 years ago | (#7204337)

Until yesterday I was running a dual ppro 200mhz. It was running RH 7.3, and up for 2ish weeks shy of a year. :)

My oldest hardware (2, Informative)

MC68040 (462186) | about 11 years ago | (#7204338)

I've got a Macintosh IIx (16 Mhz, 80 MB SCSI hd, 8 MB ram) setted up with OpenBSD running my printserver for my Laserjet 4 MV from HP and my very very old Apple StyleWriter II that still prints illustrations and such beautifully.

Other than that... I've also got a Mac SE/30 with NetBSD that isn't in use... I'm thinking of remaking on old PC-1 from IBM (7 mhz) I got in the basement to something fun though.

Aside from cables, or maybe screws (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 11 years ago | (#7204343)

I have a GRiDPad 1910. It's an XT-class machine, I forget if it's 10 or 20MHz, but it's somewhere in there. It has a 20MB IDE laptop hard drive and a backlit 640x400 CGA monochrome screen. If you put PalmCONNECT software which was sold for the Tandy/Casio/Grid Zoomer/ZPDA-7000/GridPad 2390, you can even get handwriting recognition... really really slow handwriting recognition. Of course, I just monkey around with it mostly, but I'm valiantly trying to get the data off my GRiDPad 2390 on to my 1910 so I can get the 20 language translator and so on.

PDP-11/23 (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 11 years ago | (#7204344)

Still works great and boots RT-11.

My Router (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204347)

is a 486DX100. It's also my wireless access point running hostap on a linksys PCI card (yes some 486es came with PCI buses). Oh, and it also does ipsec for any hosts behind it.

The sick thing is that it's mostly idle.

i dunno how old (1)

Tylermccauley (705354) | about 11 years ago | (#7204348)

at work we have sites that use old Btrieve databases on NCR 7450s using good ole dos. They are Texas instuments based 486's, they are used every day and still work.. for the most part. fine.

Sparcstation IPX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204349)

Sparcstation IPX + OpenBSD + extra SBUS NIC == best firewall/gateway ever.

The IPX is one of my very favorite computers of all time. I have two of them to, one running 24/7 and one ready in case something goes amiss with the first. At $15 a piece and their small form factor they are very usefull little things.

Old Hardware (1)

Eezy Bordone (645987) | about 11 years ago | (#7204350)

I've got a Dos box sitting here just for the purpose of playing warlords2 and other oldies but goodies.

There's also my C64, Atari 2600, NES and SNES. I'm thinking a Dreamcast may be my next console.

You know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204351)

After pitching my Teletype Corporation ASR-33 with paper tape punch, I became less sentimental. I've still got a partially functional Synertek Sym-1 (now without a terminal) that's in safe keeping. Mostly what I have is 486-era stuff that I will eventually get around to disposing of, including lots of 100 meg hardrives.

Ultrastore 14f (1)

scseth (127105) | about 11 years ago | (#7204352)

My ultrastore 14f SCSI card still is the I/O card for my CD burner. GO Ultrastore!

Ancient UNIX-style hardware at work (5, Informative)

moosesocks (264553) | about 11 years ago | (#7204353)

At one place which I assist with IT in, we still run the same UNIX-based billing/accounting system as we did in 1986.

As I am comparitively new, compared to most of this hardware, I wasn't around to see it installed. About 8 years ago, the original Bell Labs Unix server was replaced with an x86 SCO box.

Many of the Terminals remaining are original. The printers both lasted until about a year ago when they simultaneously died.

Our software vendor stopped supplying updates about 3 years ago when they switched to windows. Last month, they completely pulled the plug, and in order to stay legal, we must now move to windows, which will be expensive initially and in the long-run.

I don't pay attention to the SCO system. It just works. It has worked for 17 years. Over those 17 years, we had to purchase one server, a few terminals, and a printer. With windows, we will need to maintain a 3 year upgrade cycle.

And the sad part about all of this is that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the unix hardware. Last week, I sadly removed the terminals, and installed terminal emulation software on the new windows PCs. Sure, I could have attempted telnet, but the server predates TCP/IP, and I feared corrupting the otherwise flawless system in place.

I know we have plenty of reasons to bash SCO, but I must testify that anything that can last 17 years with little or no maintence is worth keeping. I've already had calls about the windows hardware not working as expected. Ugh.

486/50, 16MB RAM, 750 MB disk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204354)

Still running as a backup to my main Internet box. I got it free from a desktop upgrade at the company I worked for at the time.

Works like a charm, too.

An old Pac-bell 486-50 (1)

JonWan (456212) | about 11 years ago | (#7204355)

That has been setting under the counter since 1991. The only time it quit working was when the original hard drive died in 1995. It now has a WD 1.2G in it but can see only 512 MBs of it. It runs dos 5.0 and a Point of sale program for my store.

Simple (1)

rveno1 (470619) | about 11 years ago | (#7204356)

The oldest hardware I am currently using is my Body and Brain.

I am "still" waiting for an upgrade

hungkungfooey (2, Funny)

segment (695309) | about 11 years ago | (#7204358)

Kaypro II!$!@! 4 MHz Z80A 400 KB floppy 300 baud modem 2serial ports... Okay maybe not

Anyway the oldest machine I have working right now that I actually use is called an Adam and it was made by Coleco Vision. What is it used for you ask? An ashtray. An overgrown ashtray/beerstand nothing more. But I used it in elementary school so I won't part with it no matter how many burns it has... Besides one day it'll be a collectors item which I will sell for billions! NO! MILLIONS!

Brings tears to my eyes coming here... []

old box (0)

cRueLio (679516) | about 11 years ago | (#7204359)

i still use a box from '93 that has a 400meg hd upgraded from 80megs,16mb of ram (upgraded from 4) and a 33mhz processor running at 66mhz turbo mode. i use it to play around with a really old redhat version i bought a while ago.

but, perhaps, while that machine has become outdated and rarely-used, the printer I bought with it (a HP LaserJet 4L) is now hooked up to a print server, serving maybe 20 clients. Great, great piece of equipment!

CTX 1785GMe 17" Monitor, vintage 1995 (1)

devjoe (88696) | about 11 years ago | (#7204360)

My monitor, purchased new in fall 1995, still looks great. Today, if I needed to replace it, I can buy a 17" or maybe a 19" LCD for less than I originally paid for this monitor.

Tandy model 102 (1)

danitor (600348) | about 11 years ago | (#7204362)

I picked up a Tandy Model 102 at an auction about two months ago.
With a serial connection, full size keyboard, and huge screen, it's the ultimate college note-taking machine.
It has a whopping 32k of memory, and the last software old Billy Gates ever wrote, a damn interesting piece of computing history.
Mostly because it's still functional and useful today.

Reuse (1)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | about 11 years ago | (#7204364)

I find that there are certain things that are reusable forever. My current floppy drive, one of my CD/DVD drives, and one of my hard drives have been through all three or four computers that I have built. As long as they keep putting IDE and the legacy floppy connector on motherboards they will keep being reused.


My company.. (1)

dadragon (177695) | about 11 years ago | (#7204366)

The company I work for uses an old DOS based database system for inventory, running on Windows 98. We can't upgrade to 2000 or XP because they don't emulate DOS well enough.

Zenith Laptop (1)

buckinm (628185) | about 11 years ago | (#7204367)

I have a old Zenith data systems z-note. 25 Mhz 486, 8 meg ram, 500 meg hard disk, built-in ethernet.
The thing is so old it doesn't even have PCMCIA slots.
It has had an old version of slackware, but runs windows 95 now.

Works pretty good for something so pathetic.

K6-133 (1)

Turing Machine (144300) | about 11 years ago | (#7204368)

Until fairly recently, I was using an old K6-133 box as a router (in conjunction with Coyote Linux). It worked great, but was rather bulky.

I have an AT keyboard (pre-PS/2 model, with an adaptor so it'll plug into a PS/2 connector) stuck behind the machines. Once in a while I'll need to pull it out when USB quits working for some reason.

oldest hradware (1)

mrhandstand (233183) | about 11 years ago | (#7204369)

vintage IBM keyboard...still cant beat the feel

as for old apps...I work with a hospital still using a DOS scheduling app...When XP is finally forced on eveyone it was gonna die...instead they are looking at VMWare with DOS to continue using the damn thing.

Do slide rules count? (5, Interesting)

eric76 (679787) | about 11 years ago | (#7204370)

I still use slide rules.

I have two. The newest is from the late 60s. The oldest was given to me by my father. I think he got it when he was in college in the early 40s.

In the early 90s, I returned to college for another degree. I routinely used the slide rules for homework. The graders couldn't figure out why I only gave 3 digits of accuracy and the third was sometimes wrong.

On another occasion, I pulled it out to do a quick calculation during a test. The prof had never seen one and made a bee-line to my seat (on the aisle) and spent about 5 minutes looking it over.

Oldest hardware in my machine... (1)

wskellenger (675359) | about 11 years ago | (#7204371)

A 420MB drive from 1994. Originally used to run OS/2, and then Windows 95... Now it's works great as a porn drive.

I run some old stuff (2, Interesting) (142825) | about 11 years ago | (#7204374)

I still use:
  • Quicken version 7.
  • A northgate keyboard
  • A Maynstream 5000 tape drive from 1993.

I recently retired my 486DX2 (later OV83) system with 64MB of ram, that I built in 1992.

Old DOS Apps (1)

CArnesen (184747) | about 11 years ago | (#7204376)

Well, at work we still use Norton pcANYWHERE/Remote Version 4.5. I have a dedicated workstation just for that application because it slows down our systems so much...

Too cheap to upgrade to the Windows version... But not too cheap to give us a second dedicated workstation for it...

--Chris ^_^

8086 (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about 11 years ago | (#7204377)

Yep, one of those XT clones. I really don't use it, just turn it on from time to time to see Dos 3.23 and GWBasic and play jumpman...

Old stuff? Fridens. (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | about 11 years ago | (#7204379)

I have an old 1922 Friden calculator, but I do not use it as frequently as my Friden 130 [] 1963 electronic calculator.

old hardware (1)

jackdaw (147212) | about 11 years ago | (#7204382)

until a month ago i was using a compaq p75 w.32 meg ram, 400 meg drive for a firewall/router running SuSE 6.0, worked great until the hardware gave up the ghost...hard drive died, mobo would not recognize any thing i had to replace it....

Omnikey keyboard! From 1988! (1)

waytoomuchcoffee (263275) | about 11 years ago | (#7204383)

And they are STILL the best - real clicky keys. Uses a AT plug, which goes into a PS/2 adapter, soon to go into a USB adaptor.

My family's first computer (1)

prozac79 (651102) | about 11 years ago | (#7204384)

We still have a good 'ole 386 with a huge 16 MHz processor! I think the RAM is embedded on the motherboard (I don't recall if it was 2 or 4 megs) along with the video card (top of the line, ran things in VGA so it had to be good). It is running some flavor of DOS on it. Nothing special, except I have fond memories of trying to get the original "Wing Commander" to work. I got the game for Christmas one year before my parents knew anything about system requirements for software. They couldn't comprehend that just because the software says it's for the PC, doesn't mean that it will run on our PC.

Now, the one thing that rocks about those old computers is that they taught me the ins and outs of how computers work. I like the days when you had to manually move jumpers and fumble around with configuration files and memory managers to get the most basic things to work. Kids these days have it too easy...

DoS my DOS please (1)

nfsilkey (652484) | about 11 years ago | (#7204385)

I work for a certain university's certain electrical engineering department doing IT. You would be amazed at how vehement our department's faculty are in defending their 8-bit and 16-bit applications. There is no way to make these frickin things go away, and they are a PITA to integrate in an environment where 95% of my faculty members and end-users want screaming edge software and updates and operating systems. :)

DOS Games (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 11 years ago | (#7204386)

I run DOS games on my 233 dual booting Win98 because XP has little to no backward compatibility. But the 233 owns for running Epic Pinball anyway ;^)

ParaPort ZIP Drive (1)

Illbay (700081) | about 11 years ago | (#7204392)

Still Got a ZIP Drive attached to the parallel port of my Linux box.

Why? Who the hell knows?

Hardware (0)

future assassin (639396) | about 11 years ago | (#7204394)

PI 133/32MBram running IPCOP also some kind of an old ass ISA sound card in my personal puter.
Also use my Atari Jaguar with AVP plus Tempest 2000 to amuse myself here and there

Ancient corporate history (1)

worst_name_ever (633374) | about 11 years ago | (#7204395)

While on the subject, is anybody still running old DOS programs in a DOS box on a Windows machine because your company is too poor/cheap to upgrade or doesn't want to bother with any free alternatives?

Oh, I see you've been to my office, haven't you?

peh (1)

velocipenguin (416139) | about 11 years ago | (#7204396)

The oldest piece of hardware I still use regularly is my IBM Portable Personal Computer 5155. It was manufactured in 1983 and was the first computer my family ever owned. I use it for dialin terminal sessions and the like, as it's compact, cool-looking, and equipped with a modem.

old hardware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204397)

The oldest hardware I use is a floppy drive from the early 90's. My web server was an old pentium 200 machine until AT&T lowered the upload cap here.

As for DOS programs, at U-haul we use NT4 machines and our main program is DOS based, and the whole system is prone to crash.

Physics labs beat them all! (5, Interesting)

Neurotensor (569035) | about 11 years ago | (#7204398)

Regardless of how old you think your hardware is, you haven't seen old hardware until you visit an active physics research lab.

The one I was working in recently is still using an Apple ][ to scan the dye laser that forms the frequency reference in the world's first and only solid-state quantum computer.

It just goes to show you that the really clever guys simply won't upgrade until either something breaks or the old system won't do what's needed. Otherwise, keep the Apple.

BTW the Apple is sitting near a superconducting magnet, and still works. Its first failure that I know of was a few weeks ago when the power supply died. It's now got an AT power supply hanging off it ;)

The Roland LAPC-1 from 1990. (2, Interesting)

Rimbo (139781) | about 11 years ago | (#7204399)

Yup. $600 new. Now worth about $25. I still have a huge selection of custom sounds that I use when I write music to give it all that nice 80's feel.

I also have a HP LaserJet IIIP from '91 that still works and is cheaper per page than all those crappy inkjet printers.

Ghz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204400)

Until very recently, my web site ran on a DUAL Pentium 120Mhz machine. With a 2GB HD, it was the posterchild for mix/match hardware and saw continuous operation for about 7 years. Of course, it's best days were running Linux after a brief stint with Windows NT 3.51.

Unfortunately, the lack of a source for reliable Pentium-era CPU fans was really a drag. All system failures in the past 2-3 years were fan related; more than a little annoying. It also became increasingly difficult to patch my old Linux distribution. Between dead fans and the growing porkiness of modern Linux distributions, it was time to upgrade.

C= 1902A TV^H^H Monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204402)

circa 1980's. Hooked up a cable box to the A/V inputs, works beautifully as a colour tv. Much sharper than any 13" tv out there too.. and if i flick a switch, it all turns pseudo-green :) oh, and did I say it has nice sound too....

No way? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7204404)

You mean to say your oldest hardware ISN'T the 1ghz Celeron? :)

Not really using it... (1)

armando_wall (714879) | about 11 years ago | (#7204405)

...but I have a C64 which, as soon as I get some time, Ill try to interface it with my PC to finish some *work in progress*. In golden days I tried to make my own assembler, and I was working with pen, pencil, BASIC (as a loader) and my cassette recorder.

Yes, I could use an emulator, but its not the same :-)


If it ain't broke, don't fix it? (1)

ttyp0 (33384) | about 11 years ago | (#7204406)

Our company is deploying three new Airborne shipping stations this week. Airborne / DHL is way behind when compared to the other carriers (FedEx and UPS). Their software, Libra [] is still a monochrome DOS based application. They have it running as a DOS window on Win2k so they can have ODBC connectivity.

SCO Sucks T-shirt [] . Shirts donate to the Open Source Now Fund.

Can go back to ~1982 (1)

grahamlee (522375) | about 11 years ago | (#7204407)

The oldest machine I own that's actually in business use is my Sinclair QL from 1984, upon which my accounts are based (along with some of my writings, posted to the internet where appropriate via a serial link to my PC). Apart from that, I've got programs I wrote on my Amiga 600 (1992) which are still used as part of my degree (it's fractal aggregation code written in AMOS), and I still hack about on my Spectrum (1982, hence the name ZX82) and Dragon 32 (also 1982). I've also got some Sun Ultras (~1996) and a SPARCStation (~god knows, probably around 1993).

At work, the oldest production computer is a NeXT cube which weighs in at 1988. There are some VT100s and other terminals, though; these *may* be older but I don't have info to hand on that.

Well. (1)

DashEvil (645963) | about 11 years ago | (#7204408)

Pentium 120Mhz. 50MB Ram 1.6gig HD (and a 2gig that I stole from my dead P200MMX) 6x CD-ROM It has ethernet too, nice bonus. Currently running FreeBSD 4.9, and the PC is dying, not the OS. :p

Audio stuff (1)

entartete (659190) | about 11 years ago | (#7204413)

Digital Audio Labs Card D plus with the extra ISA card to give it spdif I/O. It's 16 bits but it's a really good 16 bits. I use a korg oasys for my main music making computer but the DAL is great for playing back mp3's on in the older computer with a huge hard drive it lives in.

I also have a digidesign sample cell II isa card that i use to make music with since it's a handy 8 output sampler on a card, great for getting audio out of my computer and into external processing equipment and more conveinant than a stand alone sampler. when i got the mobo for the pIII that i use at home i specifically got one with an ISA slot to put it into.

not pc stuff but i also still have my atari (though haven't gotten it moved to where i live currently, but i plan to) that I used for midi processing. It normally lives right over my keyboard so i can keep an eye on it while i play and it's within reach if i need to fiddle with stuff.
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