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!