>one of our customers is planning to retire their last VAX this year
Have you got any stories of old hardware /g/?
No. It's a hospital, and their old patient system never really got phased out completely apparently.
Rather it is run in tandem with the new system, both systems exporting some stuff back and forth.
>Worlds longest driverless transit system still boots from a floppy
>be a few years ago
>like 5 or 6
>get hired in a medium sized business, 15 or so employees
>taken to my 'office'
>litteraly a closet with a desk
>workstation is a server
>sorry, i mean THE server
>that keeps the whole business running
>its old as dirt and is struggling to keep up
>two pentium 3 1,3ghz, 1gb ram
>so worn that it would not power on after i took it offline
>ask them to upgrade everything, they are actually dependent on a lot of services that were abandonware
>sure, of course thats what you were hired for, heres the budget for this year
>get cracking and buy new equipment, and software
>people complaining about the transition because downtime, eventhough i only took the system down at night
>people complaining that shit doesn't work because they can't figure new software out
>people complaining that the printer is jammed
>get a fairly decent little data center running in that cozy closet
>but it was getting cramped in there
>the closet next to mine was about the same size, and used for jackets, the fridge and supplies
>move printer to that closet
>make a warning label that the printer emits ozone and that ozone is a toxic gas
>no jackets in there fridge is empty
>move everything out
>office now double the size
>a year later everything was installed, idiots were trained, and bugs sorted out
>error correcting was automated to some extent
>basically i was just masturbating and watching tv
those were the days
>company hires new managers who don't know anything
>they hear that most of the real time software that they are using without problems was written in the 1970s and 80s in cobol
>they decide to "upgrade" it to "modern" languages because it's "too old"