[vcf-midatlantic] C64 workhorse survivor

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Sep 28 13:51:56 EDT 2016

On 09/28/2016 01:46 PM, Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> My boss used to work for a building automation company. Their original
> product was based around the C64. They had them installed in buildings
> for years and years... the program was on a cartridge so with no
> moving parts there was little to go wrong. It took a lot of convincing
> to get their customers to update to something newer in the early
> 2000s.

  It's certainly understanding that they'd take some convincing.  Why
would they want to change?  Don't fix it if it ain't broke.  The
industrial landscape is littered with stories about how a
fully-functioning, simple, easily-maintainable system is replaced by
something "new" which is supposed to be "better" (but they can rarely
tell you how), is inevitably PC-based, and turns out to be an utter pile
of crap.

  Care to place some bets on the longevity of the "newer" system as
compared to the system it replaced?


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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