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(Reuters)   The computers used to kill Al-Qaeda: The most sophisticated technology available. The computers used to pay soldiers: A collections of TRS-80's, Apple IIe's and the mainframe used to plan the Mercury missions   (reuters.com) divider line 103
    More: Asinine, Apple IIe, al-Qaeda, missions, special reports, naval air station, Oregon National Guard, night terrors, gary  
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2013-07-11 11:22:08 AM
It comes down to:

Reliable Iron that has been working for decades in a basement unmaintained:


Bloatware that needs rebooted every few days:


Now, there are reasons to upgrade, but there are also ways to virtualize and connect old hardware into a modern network. Especially when the logic has proven reliable.
2013-07-11 04:11:25 PM
Back in '98, an old school Cobol programmer made so much money doing Y2K remediation that he could afford to be cryogenically frozen when he died. One day in the far future, he was unexpectedly revived. When asked why, he was told, "It's the year 9999. And you know Cobol".
2013-07-11 04:53:04 PM
The Pentagon:  Overpaying defense contractors, no problem.  Paying soldiers: Not so much.
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