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    Meanwhile to check the weather forecast I have to run 1 MB of javascript stuff.

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      $ finger london@graph.no

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        Oh nice. Finally a convincing use for finger!

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          I miss the finger-able coke machines and coffee makers at MIT!

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      I don’t understand why the author compares an Amiga (model not mentioned) with a laptop and remarks:

      How long do you think you could keep a modern laptop working? Four or five years? Maybe?

      When in the next paragraph it states:

      While the system has been in service all these years, it hasn’t always been a smooth ride. The monitor, mouse, and keyboard have all broken at one time or another.

      So, it is not that surprising, one could easily keep a desktop computer operational for all these years, if we disregard any philosophical paradox which might occur.

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        Laptops are built with compromises to permit portability. I would not be surprised if they are not as long-lasting as machines built with fewer such compromises. There are also stories of ancient DOS machines still running, so I’m not sure the Amiga was anything special in that regard. Unfortunately, I doubt anyone has done proper studies on the long-term durability of 80s microcomputers!

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        Selection bias in action. On the other hand, we easily make fun of systems running Win 95.

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          Windows 95 had a bug where it’s uptime couldn’t exceed 49.7 days as it would crash .. sometimes criticism is well earned

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          I’m sure that climate control system had the best music and sound effects of its time.

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            The district hopes to replace the old Amiga with a modern environmental control system soon if an upcoming bond measure is passed by voters. It’ll cost about $1.5 to 2 million to replace the Amiga, but it works. For the moment.

            I would love to come in as an independent contractor and setting up an alternative thing through some black-box analysis to just swap the Amiga for some $300 i3 computer (maybe with an amiga emulator?)

            Will gladly do it for $500k, though I very much understand that the money is about way more than just “get this Amiga binary replaced with something else”