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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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by Jason Snell

Keep cool with a computer from the ’80s

Nineteen Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools are kept warm and cool via an HVAC system run by a late ’80s Commodore Amiga computer with code written (and still supported!) by a former high school student who is now middle-aged. It uses a 1200 baud modem and the same radio frequencies as maintenance workers.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor. “It’s a very unique product. It operates on a 1200-bit modem,” said Hopkins. “How it runs, the software that it’s running, is unique to Commodore.”

Talk about resilient technology.

[via Engadget]

—Linked by Jason Snell

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