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    What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Mine would have to be my laptop. Which, actually, is my primary laptop. Here's a PCWorld review of it, circa 2001. http://j.mp/cyFVqA
    It's been upgraded to Windows XP and still runs wonderfully. Well, about as wonderfully as a 700MHz PIII with 128MB of memory can run.
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    own or use? i have an old compaq that's not hooked up that i got for free on craigslist. not even sure what specs it has but it had windows me when i got it then i put puppy on it
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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    There is a S-100 bus Z-80 machine with 8" drives right next to me running. Circa 1980? Mitutoyo.

    There is also a 486-33DX (1989?) hooked to it processing it's output. It cost $2200 new with 1mb of ram, Hercules B/W graphics, and a 40mb HDD, made by Zeos.

    Both machines run 24hrs a day.
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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Quote Originally Posted by McRat View Post
    There is a S-100 bus Z-80 machine with 8" drives right next to me running. Circa 1980? Mitutoyo.

    There is also a 486-33DX (1989?) hooked to it processing it's output. It cost $2200 new with 1mb of ram, Hercules B/W graphics, and a 40mb HDD, made by Zeos.

    Both machines run 24hrs a day.
    What do you use them for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lzfy View Post
    What do you use them for?
    They run a Coordinate Measuring Machine that is accurate to ± 1 micron. The data collected in routed into the 486, where a BASIC program translates it into CAD data formats.
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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    I have a Z-80 at work that I decommissioned. Still turn it on for nostalgia.

    Also have an Apple Macintosh Plus that still boots.

    Oldest at home is an iBook G3 blueberry. I mostly throw Linux builds onto it for fun.

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Apple IIe.
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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    The oldest computer I regularly power up is about 10+ years old. The monitor is a bit flaky and doesn't always work properly, but thankfully SSH seems to do the trick. I have a couple of Commodore 128s lurking around but haven't used them for a while.
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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cam42 View Post
    Mine would have to be my laptop. Which, actually, is my primary laptop. Here's a PCWorld review of it, circa 2001. http://j.mp/cyFVqA
    It's been upgraded to Windows XP and still runs wonderfully. Well, about as wonderfully as a 700MHz PIII with 128MB of memory can run.
    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    own or use?
    Ditto, I have an original Apple ][ with monitor that's from 1977, I traded some computer work for it years ago. I also had a complete IBM 5150 system from 1981 until earlier this year when I took it to Goodwill, which I'm still kicking myself for doing. The oldest system I guess I use (or will use very soon) is a Tandy 1400 FD laptop from the mid to late 80's which works great as a serial terminal for my headless Linux server.

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    ZX Spectrum - still write the odd game on it occasionally, just for a break from Python/C++

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