Oldest computer still in current use

From: John Boffemmyer IV <john_boffemmyer_iv_at_boff-net.dhs.org>
Date: Fri May 16 10:54:18 2003

Yes, oddly enough, it at one point was sitting in the power parallel dept
running calculations for various things while the deep blue was being
built. I remember my father's manager complaining about IBM insisting that
their subcontractor department had to use it and were not allowed to
replace it. The just put in for a replacement of a "failed server" that sat
there running fine and IBM plopped in another $150k server next to it
without realizing it. Though, the S/360/30 was still used. Nowadays, from
what I last heard from a guy at IBM Poughkeepsie, NY, the S/360/30 in
question is being used to process and develop information on some of IBM's
older but still used machines (such as software/firmware development and
revisions, etc.). I've also heard htat a similar unit was being used by KLA
Temcor (sp?) in robotics development and control. They seem to like coming
to my company's shop and picking up serial and SCSI cabling for the robotic
units to interface them with the controlling machines while they are being
developed. Cheaper than continuously banging out proto-boards every time
you'd like to make a change to the function or design or when you need to
make a revision.

At 12:50 AM 5/11/2003, you wrote:
>On Sat, 10 May 2003, TeoZ wrote:
> > The oldest computer still in use has to be a government non military
> > server somewhere. The military gets too much cash not to swap their
> > equipment out every decade at the latest so I rule them out. Other
> > branches only upgrade after every user who knows how to run the system
> > is dead/retired. Probably some computer setup for the social security
> > database, or liscense plate server or other mundane task.
> >
> > Besides im shure there are tons of Sinclair's running chemical plant
> > controllers in the Ukraine somewhere that are at least older then the
> > C64.
> >
> > What about the computer sent out in the Voyager spacecraft in the 70's?
> > Or is this just personal computers?
>IBM East Fishkill still very much has Series/1's in full operation. I
>think there's also an S/360/30 doing something.
>Peace... Sridhar

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