In Pictures: Computing fossils - Old tech holding on for dear life

Some ancient technology is still useful - and some just won't die

MicroVAX put out to pasture Techies take pride in using genuinely antiquated systems. Thus it's no surprise that a humble-brag post on Reddit from YouCantOutrunABear, describing the 23-year-old system he uses working for a silver mining company, bubbled up to Reddit's front page.

The computer, a MicroVAX 3100 from the Digital Equipment Corporation, sports an awesome 12 MB of RAM. It's running OpenVMS, used in 1989 and still produced by Hewlett-Packard, though installing the latest version on that old machine would be tough.

YouCantOutrunABear's machine runs several non-mission-critical programs, including computations on silver price conversions; it also prints labels onto an almost as antiquated printer.

(The monitor sitting on a brick is a nice touch)

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