Zombie Tech

Discussion in 'Techforge' started by The Night Funky, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    Nothing to do with brain eating ones, however. I started a new job recently, in a field different than any I've worked in before. One of the things I noticed at this new job was that they had some machines dating from the '70s. The company that made those machines has been gone for decades now, and I figured that my new employer had scooped them up cheap when they started the company as an easy way to get their foot in the door. I did some googling on the machines the other day and discovered that even though the company which made them is long gone, they're still the industry standard machines, and there's a number of companies out there that rebuild and refurbish the machines. Which got me to thinking, that in every machine shop I've worked in, there were machines made by long-dead companies that are still being used, and like the machines in my current place of employment, there are whole industries which support those machines. It made me wonder, how many other industries are there that still use "ancient" gear made by companies that are no longer around?

    I mean, can you imagine a taxi company using AMC Ambassadors as cabs? Or a hospital that has pre-WWII X-ray machines that they still use? In one of the shops I worked in, we had machines which dated back to 1918! They didn't sit and gather dust, either, but were used almost daily. Anybody know of industries that use ancient tech from long-dead companies?
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    Bickendan Custom Title Administrator Faceless Mook Writer

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    Fascinating! And no, outside of the occasional Win 95 boxes being used in a retail setting (think bottle returns in states with bottle deposits), I can't think of anything.
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    Not quite the same thing you're talking about, but we took so long to convert from digital tape cameras to solid state media that Sony just about quit supporting the equipment we used. They still sold replacement parts, but at very high prices.

    It was easier and cheaper to buy whole cameras and tape machines on evilBay in order to cannibalize them for a single part we might need than to pay what Sony wanted for replacement parts.
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    Auto shop in Poland uses a Commode 64.
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