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General Chat Thread, Oldest IT equipment in your School? in General; Originally Posted by stevetheb Attachment 17683 I've kept this rather whizzy Amstrad 386 Laptop - still working. I only keep ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetheb View Post
    Attachment 17683

    I've kept this rather whizzy Amstrad 386 Laptop - still working. I only keep it to wind up new teachers...
    I have a 286 version of that at home!

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    My boss went out to a client who have a Windows 3.1 machine from the early 90's running a cad/cam machine making parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koldov View Post
    Ok it doesn't work and I've got nothing left that would read it, but I was clearing out an old cupboard and found it. It made me chuckle....

    Attachment 17682

    Kol.
    Back in the day we had a customer send us a copy of their database on 5.25 " floppy.

    Unfortunately they had "STAPLED" the disk to the covering letter to ensure it didn't get lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    @andrew_91090 why? You cant get security updates for Windows 200 anymore.
    if its not networked is that an issue?

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    Off the top of my head I'd say probably the HP 4050 printer in ICT - I was told it was a couple of years old when I started here in 2004!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    My boss went out to a client who have a Windows 3.1 machine from the early 90's running a cad/cam machine making parts.
    If it ain't broke...

    I had to set up standalone XP machines for our CAM stuff as in my naivety I thought upgrading to 7 would work fine. Turns out that relying on future support for IT equipment is a fool's game.

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    I found these in a cupboard, I've just taken these pictures.

    Oldest IT equipment in your School?-img_0043.jpg
    Oldest IT equipment in your School?-img_0044.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromtheinternet View Post
    If it ain't broke...

    I had to set up standalone XP machines for our CAM stuff as in my naivety I thought upgrading to 7 would work fine. Turns out that relying on future support for IT equipment is a fool's game.
    They make helicopters and to replace the lathe would cost them hundreds of thousands!

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    I've still got a broken psion / acorn palmbook which my parents brought when i started secondary school in 1996.

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    The first portable computer with an ARM chip in it.
    Oldest IT equipment in your School?-photo-copy.jpg
    I wanted one of these so badly when they were new.
    In 2009 I retired an HP LaserJet 2.
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    I might win this one, while the science tech was clearing the prep lab out she gave me a box with a zx81 spectrum which is sat on the desk at work.

    For the curious it was released March 1981!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey-gear View Post
    A serial mouse
    Well the mouse I use every day is a serial mouse, it just works off the universal serial bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I found these in a cupboard, I've just taken these pictures.

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    That is pretty cool. Please say you found a BBC to play them on

    Oldest in ours I've found is an old Celeron laptop running W98. Booted it up out of interest...by the time it had finished booting 10 minutes later I had lost interest

    My last school still had several Acorns setup ready for use (but they wernt) until 2006ish...couldn't understand why the teachers had let them sit in their classrooms for so long
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    Off the top of my head I'd say probably the HP 4050 printer in ICT - I was told it was a couple of years old when I started here in 2004!
    and it will last about 100x longer than any of the new equivalents HP have made as they are so cheap and plasticy I am just taking some of them out after millions of pages and over 10 years in service for us and the previous owners.

    Our oldest bit of tech is probably the old Plasma Screen in the dining hall (we had a pair one has died) or maybe the 22" CRT Info Screens (only 1 remaining out of three as one died and one had an accident during the major building works and never recovered.....) or maybe it could be the CAT5 cabling and some of the last manky 40 year old phone wiring floating around the site..... Desktop PC wise we have a few 3GHz P4s floating around running display screens and things
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    We still have an acorn

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