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When we talk about building stable software, it doesn’t get any better than this

When we talk about building stable software, it doesn’t get any better than this

This is amazing. When we talk about building stable software, it doesn’t get any better than this.


In Gdansk, Poland there is an auto repair shop that is still running a Commodore 64 computer for its operations.


Commodore’s USA Facebook page recently posted:

This C64C used by a small auto repair shop for balancing driveshafts has been working non-stop for over 25 years! And despite surviving a flood it is still going...


Seeing this both makes me smile, and painfully aware of every grey hair that remains in my head.


Back in 1983, I learned basic programming on the C64. After school, I would go to my family-run advertising agency and write code for a sales lead program we developed (CRM wasn’t a thing yet), and then go home to play Zaxxon or appease my older brother by developing a program that could predict the next Lotto numbers (it couldn’t). The Commodore 64 holds a special place in my heart and was truly the foundation of my eventual career. In fact, a Commodore 64 sits in my company’s lobby today. It still works after all these years!

 



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