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Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Aug 2 19:50:21 CDT 2006

On 8/1/2006 at 6:33 PM Segin wrote:

>I am a 16 year old high school student who works with computer daily. I 
>perfer to work with older systems (386s are fun!) because they are just 
>so damned reliable. 

My own experience stretches back a bit further (I have socks that are older
than you) and today's hardware is nothing short of miraculous in terms of
cost and reliability.  My mailserver (an Compaq P3 Deskpro) has been
running continuously for about 4 years with no attention to the extent that
I don't even have a display connected.  I could have NEVER expected that
sort of reliability from anything on the market 30 years ago. (Well, maybe
if I'dve had the funds for one of Jimmy Treybig's Tandem boxes, but even
then, maybe not).

Granted, the stuff that's made very very cheaply today doesn't always show
a lot of reliability, but then neither do cheap shoes. :)


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