Polish auto repair shop uses uses a Commodore 64 to run its operations

From the Commodore USA Facebook page: "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..."

This reminded me of an article I wrote for Wired in 2000 about people who used old computers.

"Just how much horsepower do you need to read and reply to messages on the Internet?" asks Maurice Randall, a Commodore loyalist and owner of a one-man car-repair shop in Charlotte, Michigan. Randall, who wrote and now sells the first fax software for the Commodore 64, has just finished coding the machine's inaugural Web browser. He uses his C64 for everything from invoices to faxes to displaying automotive diagnostics. "There hasn't been anything made in the last three or four years that's necessary in computer hardware," he says. "I wouldn't be able to do anything more with a new PC than I'm doing with my 64."

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  1. Yes, I used one of these dinosaurs with its enormous floppy disks & zero tech support while in the employ of the Insurance Industry. The ole century had its ups & downs.

  2. It looks like something out of the Fallout game universe, sans radiation :slight_smile:

  3. Over the past fifteen years, web design has mostly yielded more empty space, more useless links, more scripts of things I don't want to run from sources I don't trust, more frivolous graphics. Basically, the internet has regressed at the hands of people who wanted it to mimic the superficiality of tabloid television and glossy lifestyle magazines.

    If I could have the internet in html I would consider that progress, because there would be more meaningful content which would be easier to access. The fact that just about any computer made over the past 35 years could still be useful online is only a bonus.

  4. 5.25" disks aren't enormous! They are the normal size as opposed to those tiny shelled things that metastasized from Macs in the second half of the 1980s. 8" disks were the enormous ones.

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