The uses of old computers

Yesterday I visited the research labs of Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and was struck, as I often am on visits to academic or industrial labs, by how old most of the PCs used to run critical test equipment are. Most of the Kodak lab PCs looked to be at least five years old and many were running Windows 2000, systems most of us would consider fossils for our mundane chores of reading e-mail and writing memos.

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