This 1985 #Atari ST Computer is Still Being Used Daily at a Campgroud.
An extreme example, but it is possible to make a computer and its programs last.
Thanks to https://techologie.net/
@pikselkraft Until a few years ago, EDF was still running PDP-11 minicomputers (from 1970) in their nuclear power plants in the UK. I think they have now been decommissioned, but it shows how even highly mission-critical software and hardware can last for a very long time.
@pikselkraft They are pretty durable yes... I've had an Atari ST (one bought in the 90s) stored in an attic for years, probably way more than 10 years, not sure right now. This attic is less than 1 meter below roof, isn't well insulated at all, i wouldn't be surprised the humidity gets bad but i do know that it's really hell in summer there, oven or sauna-like for months... I can only guess in winter season. All that didn't cause any damage at all which i still find surprising...
@pikselkraft I could do the same observation for 90s keyboards/synths versus mid-2000s ones... Are they only anecdotal observations?
(Am i just "getting old"? It's not exclusive..)
We currently build so many things made to last only 2, 3, 4 years before being intended to go to a landfill..
But my feeling is: the older the technology=the longer lasting it is..
(It's not the case for each and every thing but...)
Perhaps an equation between accelerated obsolescence and accelerating capitalism?
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