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    This is the 21st century isn't it? I have to keep reminding myself because sometimes it feels like 1999 - the year I started here - you walk around and loads of things are still the same. We have hubs and switches that were here before I started as well. Now I'm depressed. I'm going round the corner to the garage to binge on chocolate.

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    Just recently retired a number of SEN machines running Thunderbird Athlon processors with 512MB of RAM - they were ten years old. The quickest are being repurposed as standalones with beefier graphics cards in. In regular use, our oldest are my secondary DCs (10 years old now, Dell 2550 heavily upgraded) and our staff desktops (8 years old but heavily upgraded).

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    Not anymore, thank god - I got to replace loads of machines this last summer. And some of them that were, yes, in regular classroom use (and for video editing no less ) and were older than the girls themselves. 800MHz Celerons with 192mb RAM, floppy drive, no optical drive, 15" CRT sat on top of them.

    Now replaced with Core i3's and 22" 1080p monitors, which is a bit of an improvement

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    I've got a Satellite of that age in regular use today (for my neice) . Popped in a wireless PC card, installed Slax Linux to the hard disk using the installer module and it runs super fast! The old Toshes were built really well.
    Yeah I use mine with Linux too. Mostly for Server Monitoring. But I am considering Ubuntu to lend out to Students

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    It died at the end of last year but I pulled out a 533mhz p3 running XP with 128MB of RAM that was the secondary PC in a classroom usd every day apparently. It had been a server so had an hd just big enough.

    It's death was just before I got there, if I had seen it when it was 'going' I would have removed it anyway for wasting everyones time.

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    A T23 with a 1.13Ghz P3 and 384M ram running Crunchbang is my morning coffee/email/recipe browsing machine that lives in the kitchen. Gets used every day.

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    Threw out some Viglan branded computers with 98 license stickers on them this summer, they hadn't been in use just in storage. ALso an Ergo laptop purchased in 2002, never heared of them myself.

    Looking at our records or scrapped machines oh how i'd love a high spec Viglen Contender (sounds a terrible name, it can try to compete but fail) Celeron 1.7GHz, 225mb ram, 8GB HDD.

    Our oldest machines still in use about once a week is in our Gym used for the rowing machine software purchased 2003, replaced the CRT on it during the summer just gone, good as new and a teacher laptop Ergo Mercury P3
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    Dell 170L P4 running at 2.8Ghz with 2GB Ram Running Server 2008 Sophos and Update Service.... How its still going.. i dont know :/

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    My old place had a server running NT 3.51 and was running some legacy finance package! they had it for 2 months before NT 4.0 came out, but never upgraded it...so that is about 16 years old now and to my knowledge only ever went down when there was a power outage, otherwise it was solid as a rock. Never ever had an issue with it, ever...and it was happy running a 10mb NIC and seemed to run smoothly with 2 people connecting to it.

    *edit*

    The machines specs are as follows

    32mb RAM
    200mb HDD
    486 CPU
    VGA GFX
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    During Easter, I decommissioned a Windows 2000 SP4 member server running an 800MHz Pentium 3 with 512MB. I'd estimate this was approx 10 years old. It came in a huge tower I named 'the fridge'.

    The Pentium 3 800MHz was out in 1999 according to Wikipedia, so I think I'm pretty much spot on

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    our exchange server is a dell gx60 2ghz celeron with 512mb ram it happily chugs away doing its stuff server 2003 installed.

    funnily enough it is our most reliable machine.

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    Does the 386 laptop with Windows 3.1 I use to configure switches via serial port count

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    does it run continuously? :P My 16 year old server has only ever been off when there was a power outage, and even then its for a few hours at most. I think in its 16 year life, its been down for a whole day in total (24 hours)

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    I've got a PC that's been going strong for over 20 years! I regularly up the RAM, 10 years ago it got a new case, and then it's been through 3 mobo upgrades. Obviously the hard drives needed to be increased over the years, and the CD-ROM switched for a flashy new DVD-Rw. The old floppy removed and i can hang the iPhone in there
    I mean you gotta keep up with the times. Do i win..?

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    Stacks of old Wyse terminals, around 11 yrs old 32MB 233MHz - they boot 'windows' (terminal services) faster than anything with a HDD.
    Very robust - but slowly they are starting to die, and can't get parts so easily.

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