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bitRAKE



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Lots of us have old hardware, but what has survived the many hours of [ab]use?

Microsoft Trackball Explorer 1.0, gets daily use - almost all the labels are worn off (replaced by finger shaped patterns in the silver paint), and rubber feet have been replaced. These were made very durable and unfortunately no longer made. I've seen new ones on eBay sell for $1000 (looks like the price has dropped some)!

What makes this design so durable is that both the ball and an inner holder are made of a very rigid plastic; the ball is held by three small steel ball-bearings; and the large ball and ergonomics minimize fatigue.

[My keyboard isn't as old, but I did rescue it from the trash heap. Very Happy]

It's be great to hear of other hardware survival stories - what designs have worked well, or were easy to repair?

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Post 23 Aug 2013, 23:25
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matefkr



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ears, eyes, nose, skin receptors, soul to outsiders interface, mouth, urathrea, anus. in descending order of usage.
Post 24 Aug 2013, 08:29
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sinsi



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My Compro speakers are over 13 years old and still going, less a treble knob.
I have still got a 5.25" floppy drive, this gets used maybe once a year (still!).
I used an old Compaq keyboard for 15 years but my new motherboard doesn't have a PS/2 connector Sad
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Post 24 Aug 2013, 16:53
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edfed



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a 2GB usb2.0 pen. say born in 2006

used to test boot sectors, transfert datas when reformatted in fat32, can fit in the pocket.
sometimes, it looks dead, but some old systems can make it work again.
Post 24 Aug 2013, 20:30
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uart777



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Old custom gaming PC, about 10 years ago, had to get rid of everything (80+ programming books from garage sells, disco light collection for special moments). Micro ATX case with glass scorpion cutout and a blue lighted "Z" in the center:

Image

Trackmania is the game on the monitor.

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Post 25 Aug 2013, 00:36
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tthsqe



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uart, how have you not exceeded the 5MB upload limit with all of those pictures...
Post 25 Aug 2013, 04:03
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uart777



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Images are links to external web host, not attachments.
Post 25 Aug 2013, 05:11
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tthsqe



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Oh, right. My bad.
Post 25 Aug 2013, 08:31
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neuron



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I have a FDD, it's 13 years old.
It helps me to load MenuetOS64 =)
Post 25 Aug 2013, 10:56
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sid123



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I still have NES
Mario...... Is best on NES no matter what these modern programmers who program those FPS shooters will never be able to recreate Mario, Also have a good old Libretto (for running good old OSes)
Post 26 Aug 2013, 12:43
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cod3b453



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I tend to use things to absolute destruction. As it happens I still have my previous desktop from ~10 years ago as a file backup machine and its various peripherals currently on my "new" (3 year old PC). It has had some new RAM/disks from other recycled machines but is otherwise still running.
Post 26 Aug 2013, 20:28
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typedef



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I still have my penis (version 5.0). It's permanently attached and I sure as hell use it everyday. Still running on the same firmware.
Post 04 Sep 2013, 06:00
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bitRAKE



Joined: 21 Jul 2003
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Hmm...parts of the body as peripherals?
Nah, I would like to try to keep mine whole.
Post 04 Sep 2013, 06:53
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edfed



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without trolling, i also have:

an old PC (pMMX 233MHZ) with:
a MS mouse Image painted in green , and the keyboard.
an old CRT screen for the quality
the video card is a SIS 6215, i changed it's VGA connector cause the original was dead.

last time i "used" it was 3 or 4 month ago, to see if it still works.
Post 05 Sep 2013, 08:33
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Fixit



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uart777 wrote:
Old custom gaming PC, about 10 years ago, had to get rid of everything (80+ programming books from garage sells, disco light collection for special moments). Micro ATX case with glass scorpion cutout and a blue lighted "Z" in the center:

Image

Trackmania is the game on the monitor.

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I think all the images are jpegs which are pretty small compared to bmps, etc.
Post 11 Sep 2013, 13:39
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cod3b453



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I realised yesterday that the oldest kit I have is actually my mouse mat - it's older than me! Laughing
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