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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the not-my-sister's-smartphone dept.

Technology 702

itwbennett writes: "When you think about tech products these days, you probably think 'refresh cycle' more than 'built to last.' But there are plenty of tech products that put up with hard, daily use year after year. Here's a few to get you started: Logitech MX510 mouse, Brother black & white laser printer, Casio G-Shock watch, Alvin Draf-Tec Retrac mechanical pencil, Sony Dream Machine alarm clock. What's your longest-lasting, hardest-working device?"

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Commodore Amiga 3000T (4, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 9 months ago | (#46789161)

Still works as does my IBM PS2 Model 95. There are still DEC PDP-11s in daily use as well.

Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (4, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | about 9 months ago | (#46789283)

Fluke multimeters...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (4, Interesting)

brokenin2 (103006) | about 9 months ago | (#46789575)

I used to work there (on that line for a while), and one of the jobs was to beat them up a bit before they went out the door, just to make sure they could take it.. (We were careful not to scuff them up, but did need to subject them to a couple of impacts in each direction as part of the final testing).

Note, when he took it apart in the video, he very likely *did* make it go out of spec at that point.. It's normally just the high voltage that goes out of spec, but would normally only mean that you got a reading of 1007 VAC instead of 1000 VAC.. Still somewhat close..

He should send it back for recalibration after his adventure..

My toilet (4, Funny)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 9 months ago | (#46789171)

It's gotten nothing but shit every day for 30 years and it still works just as well as when I first got it.

Atari 800 (2)

JoeWalsh (32530) | about 9 months ago | (#46789173)

My Atari 800 home computer is my longest-lasting, hardest-working electronics device. It was built like a tank (the metal shielding alone weighs several pounds).

Other than that, I suppose my alarm clock. I've had it since 1988 and it just keeps going. Nothing fancy - LED display, just a clock with alarm, no radio functionality or anything like that.

Re:Atari 800 (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 9 months ago | (#46789265)

"Hardest working"?

Re:Atari 800 (4, Funny)

Altus (1034) | about 9 months ago | (#46789305)

Its not easy to get JoeWalsh out of bed in the morning. I assume it is because he goes to parties.... sometimes until 4.

Re:Atari 800 (5, Funny)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 9 months ago | (#46789387)

"my scsi-3 bus is fast and its wide,
I lost my R-term and now it won't drive."

Re:Atari 800 (5, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about 9 months ago | (#46789503)

I have a firewall
So I won't get jacked
My password's weak
So I still got hacked

MacBook Air 13 Inch (2, Interesting)

MuChild (656741) | about 9 months ago | (#46789177)

I have had my MacBook Air running almost continuously for three years. Almost no hiccups. That's about it!

Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (3, Informative)

rochrist (844809) | about 9 months ago | (#46789293)

I've got a Power Mac G4 from 2002 that's been running my professional recording studio for 12 years now without a hiccup.

Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (1)

tipo159 (1151047) | about 9 months ago | (#46789591)

I had a 12" Powerbook G4 that I sold a couple of years ago. It was just too slow to running the applications that I needed to run.

I still have a Powerbook 540c (from 1995) that I play SimTower on. I also use it as a serial console for my collection of Sun lunchbox systems and Axil 320 SPARCstation 20 clone. They still all still run (despite PROM battery failures), but I don't use them frequently.

Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789361)

2008 (March) Macbook Pro. Working like a champ. My TiVo, Oct 2006.

MacBook (2007 model) (1)

tipo159 (1151047) | about 9 months ago | (#46789433)

My primary work laptop is a 2007 MacBook. When the time came that the company would buy me a replacement, Apple products were no longer on the list of corporate approved laptops, so I have just continued to use the MacBook. It has been pretty much trouble-free. Had to replace the battery and the power adapter and that's it.

Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (1)

cream wobbly (1102689) | about 9 months ago | (#46789489)

Last generation 15" AlBook from 2005 and 4th gen iPod from 2004.

I have some Sennheiser earbuds from 1995.

These really don't cut it though. I have an early 60s Triang 00/H0 model of the BR 70000 Britainnia if that helps, but it's not really "tech".

ipad v1 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789183)

Still works like since I bought it.
I think it's the best product apple has ever built.
I've had macbooks overheating, iMacs failing.

My iPad v1 has survived even my son!

Re:ipad v1 (1)

cream wobbly (1102689) | about 9 months ago | (#46789511)

Sorry to hear about your son. Such a loss would be difficult to bear, and I hope your iPad can do its part to fill his place.

Or isn't that what you meant?

Consoles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789193)

Back in the day I played the heck out of my Nintendo Gamecube. Never had an issue with it. HoweverI've been thru two PS2s, 3 Xbox360s, and 3 iPhones.

Re:Consoles (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 9 months ago | (#46789229)

Back in the day I played the heck out of my Nintendo Gamecube.

God I'm getting old.

Re:Consoles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789331)

Me too. I'm not even going to check Wikipedia to find out whether that's older or newer than the Wii.

Re:Consoles (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#46789527)

Let me help you.

I've still got a NES that works fine apart from the usual cartridge connector issue.

Still feel old? Alright...

I've got an Intellivision 1 that still works fine but could use new controllers.

HP Calculators (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789199)

I still use my HP-11C and HP-32S calculators at least weekly. They're now 25+ years old, and I've changed the batteries maybe twice.

Enter > Equal ..... Yeah!

Model M Keyboard FTW (4, Insightful)

TimeZone (658837) | about 9 months ago | (#46789201)

These things are awesome. The ones I've got were built in the mid 90s and still clicking.

Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (2)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 9 months ago | (#46789325)

Damned right.

I tend to type hard. I've broken a space bar or two. My Model M has put up with me for almost three decades now, and has almost no visible damage. Some of the key caps might be getting a bit worn, but I expect they'll last until I bother to print replacements.

Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (2, Funny)

anagama (611277) | about 9 months ago | (#46789513)

November 6, 1989 is the date on the sticker on the back of mine.

I found it in a thrift shop while killing time walking around in a small downtown area waiting for an appointment. It was in a pile of used crappy bubble keyboards. I paid either $5 or $10 for it -- can't remember which. I should have asked if they had any artwork or old vases too.

Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#46789557)

Apart from cockroaches, the Model M keyboards will be the only things to survive a nuclear blast.

Any video game console since the 80s (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789203)

They still work.

Homemade alarmclock from Tandy components (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789207)

Still running accurate after 34 years....

HP LaserJet 4M+ (4, Insightful)

jakedata (585566) | about 9 months ago | (#46789211)

It sits there in standby waiting for print jobs that almost never come, then with a wheeze the top fan blows out the accumulated dust, the lights dim briefly and I get my printout like it was 1999.

Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (1)

rezme (1677208) | about 9 months ago | (#46789295)

I had to move my LaserJet 4P from the power outlet all I had my server and workstation connected to because it would trip the breaker, but that bastard lasted in my living room for 6 years, after my company had tossed it on the garbage pile because they considered it EOL after they'd used it for 5. Of course, I could watch my power meter spin about 50% faster whenever it cranked up, but that was a damn fine printer.

Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (2)

anagama (611277) | about 9 months ago | (#46789593)

I have a Laserjet 4L from 1994 or 95. Until about a year ago, I was still using it in my office to print checks -- it's one of the few printers it's easy to find MICR ink carts for. Anyway, it finally started making terrible screeching noises and so I replaced it because it would be a real pain to be without a check printer. Plus, the 4 page per minute print rate was getting sort of old -- but there is no question, that thing was built to last.

My tamagotchi will never die (1)

BisuDagger (3458447) | about 9 months ago | (#46789219)

The hardware in that baby is built to last. Now if only I wouldn't keep forgetting to feed the pet.

LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (5, Informative)

sphealey (2855) | about 9 months ago | (#46789225)

HP LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 - worked reliably for 20 years and probably quite a few of them still in use.


Admittedly as noted above no high-tech product can yet match the longevity of a well-built plumbing system - some of them are over 2000 years old and still functioning as designed, while most major cities still depend on water and plumbing infrastructure build 1880-1920.

Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (2)

Lumpy (12016) | about 9 months ago | (#46789251)

we have two laserjet II's here that print 300 invoices a day. and we will use them until they catch fire or explode.

Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#46789577)

You'll probably still use them after they catch fire though.

We had one at work, the damn thing smelled like a fucking two-cylinder engine puking fumes when it printed even though the prints were fine.

Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (1)

unfortunateson (527551) | about 9 months ago | (#46789463)

Those early-generation LaserJets were built like tanks. I've seen them pushed off a table (which took some effort -- the early ones were 70 lbs), hit the floor, and aside from some cosmetic damage, just keep printing. The same-era Digital Equipment Corp LN03 was pretty good too (except for having a toner tub which could spill); corresponding Xerox printers while larger-capacity and faster were much finickier.

HP and Apple's printers of that generation used the Canon print engine and optics. Whatever happened to that quality?

Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3, LaserJet 4L (1)

mspohr (589790) | about 9 months ago | (#46789521)

I still use a LaserJet 4L at home for light printing work. This is now over 20 years old. It was used heavily in business for about 5 years then light use at home. I just buy a new cartridge about once a year (recycled ones cost about $15).
This thing never jams, always feeds properly and the print quality is as crisp and sharp as the day it was new.

Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (2)

PRMan (959735) | about 9 months ago | (#46789569)

We have a LaserJet 5 in the office set up. They were supposed to get our department (in IT) a printer but they never did. So I grabbed a LaserJet 5 that was sitting in a pile and fired it up. Prints great.

Engineered for a beating (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789231)

My son is a destroyer of technology. Well, not just technology- I bet he could break a ball bearing. I'm amazed that he has yet to kill any one of the Xbox controllers. They're grimy, and surely a biohazard, but they take a punishment way more than say the old Atari one-button joysticks of my youth ever could have.

Commodore 64 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789237)

Breadbox model. Still working after 30 years.

Anything built before 2001 (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 9 months ago | (#46789245)

The quality difference between pre 2001 electronics and now is astounding. Current products are all utter junk compared to earlier stuff.

Re:Anything built before 2001 (4, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 months ago | (#46789379)

There were junk devices back then too.
I got a $15.00 mouse that worked for 2 month and failed.
Laptop Drives were notoriously bad. Memory could fail on you...
I needed to get a new internal modem every few months.

The real difference before 2001 we were expected to pay a couple of grand on your PC. and a lot more for a workstation. Because these things were so expensive they made sure they used quality parts. Post Tech Bubble pop. We started to opt for cheaper/faster/lighter So cheaper and Lighter means more flimsy plastic, where metal was used, but we wanted faster too so they had to cut costs in more areas of quality. Having it last 4 now is considered a good run.

Re:Anything built before 2001 (5, Insightful)

egarland (120202) | about 9 months ago | (#46789525)

We always get a false impression of the reliability and quality of old stuff, because the stuff that sucked and broke got thrown out years ago, and the only things that we still encounter are the ones that were well made. It's true with old houses, old cars, old furniture, pretty much everything. I'm sure there's a law for this phenomenon with some pompous dude's name on it but it's a well established and discussed phenomenon.

The clear winner overall is so obvious (4, Informative)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 9 months ago | (#46789255)

IBM's Model M keyboard.

Clock Radio! (2)

catseye (96076) | about 9 months ago | (#46789257)

A 1971 Panasonic AM/FM clock radio with this erie, blue-green glowing, segmented time display. It's the size of a goddamn shoe box, and easily weighs 3-4 pounds. It was my brother's, and when he moved out of the house he gave it to me. It's as old as I am and has survived multiple in-city, in-state, and one cross-country move, in addition to numerous drops, bumps, being rained on through open windows, splashed with various items spilled from ill-placed glasses, etc.

I haven't used it as an alarm or for music in years (my phone took over those functions some time ago), but I can't bear to remove it from my nightstand at this point.

Re:Clock Radio! (1)

ThosLives (686517) | about 9 months ago | (#46789393)

Mine is similar - I have a GE AM/FM alarm clock radio with red LED segmented display, but mine is a bit newer - I got I think in 1993. 21 years is pretty good - 100% fully functional (go go pre-ROHS analog radio!) and still keeps accurate time. Only thing wrong with it is the tab on the 9V backup battery compartment broke, so the door falls off if you lift the thing off the nightstand. I refuse to keep my phone by my bedside, so I still use the alarm function.

Contrast to a new one - it was either Emerson or Panasonic, can't remember which - I bought while on an extended work trip where I was put up in an apartment. This was in 2008, and the clock was so inaccurate it would gain 15 minutes a month.

Repair Documentation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789261)

It all depends on the level of documentation the manufacturer provides... So, anything made by a before about the mid 80's, back in the good ol' days when manufacturers published repair documentation, and OMGWTFBBQ schematics.....

My Tektronix 561B is still going strong thank you very much......

IBM model m keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789263)

I have one on each and every computer I use and they are ~25 yo.

Re:IBM model m keyboard (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789351)

Or Unicomp's clones - no signs of troubles after many years of abuse.

test gear that was made in USA in the 50s and 60s (4, Interesting)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 9 months ago | (#46789271)

I always like to point to one of my fave brands of TM gear (test and measurement): power designs.

go to ebay and search for these 3 words 'power designs precision'. see the metal concentric dials? those are not to be seen in today's gear; unless its a photo of one on a touch screen somewhere (sigh).

I have at least 4 of these models and they date from the late 50's to early 60's. some caps might need changing (not need but suggested) and some deoxit-d5 cleaner on the switches and that's that! 100uV dial-in resolution, microvolt level noise and hum, current load at full rated cap for 7x24 duty cycle and the PSU can be thrown off a truck and still work to factory specs.

they tend to be $100 or so, used. if you built that today using those specs, it would be 10x to 50x the price, if you could even GET it built today (no, china could not even build this if they tried).

old tektronix and HP gear still works great after 30+ yrs. lots of old US designed and BUILT gear is still fully reasonable to use today. its repairable and the user guides, back then, actually had circuit descriptions, schematics and even names/addresses of companies that make the parts that go into the box! you NEVER see anything like that today. you can't even get schematics from agilent or fluke or keithley or tek anymore, on their current gear.

I like to point to power designs (precision) line of gear as stuff that was built to last 50+ yrs and I have actual proof that this is not a dream. I'm over 50 and I'm not doing as well as some of the gear in my tech shop.... ;)

Compaq ML370 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789279)

Running Netware 4.11

Casio F-91W (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789285)

The Casio F-91W: Bought one for my son about 6 years ago and it's been through the wash, left outside, lost and found and it still works. Later found it's used for bomb timers but that's probably security theatre nonsense.

Re:Casio F-91W (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 9 months ago | (#46789493)

There's people in Guantanamo whose only crime is to wear one of those: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

CRT televisions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789287)

These new LCD TVs fail less than a year into their life, and they get stuck in reboot loops. Why does my TV need to boot anyway?

My tamagochi still works just fine (1)

Tyrannicsupremacy (1354431) | about 9 months ago | (#46789289)

Not to mention my pogs, but i think those might not contain ICs...

Household appliances (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | about 9 months ago | (#46789297)

Toaster Oven... a 25yr old Hamilton Beach Standmixer. Though there's probably a few people out there with ones older than this.

I still use the same lawnmower I bought in '79. Had to replace the blade, but it still cuts the grass without problems.

Microsoft Windows XP (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789299)

Because it is that good.

Though I stopped using it as a daily with 7. And now that I think about it, XP is a dog compared to 7. Ugly as a butt muncher, too, and as clunky as a car made in Putin's Russia. But this isn't about that, then, is it.

Re:Microsoft Windows XP (2)

istartedi (132515) | about 9 months ago | (#46789397)

XP on my ThinkPad that was made before IBM sold the division to Lenovo. The machine will be 10 in August. The battery died a few years ago, otherwise the only problem is with the left mouse button which is cracked from use and held with tape. The machine chugs along in some punishing environments--no AC here, and it flakes out sometimes on hot days. I probably need to open it up and blow the dust out. Yes, I'm concerned about such an old hard drive, and back up in various ways.

About $1500, and worth every penny.

Casio (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789301)

PRG-60T this watch is I think like 10 years old and it works like new, this thing was with me all around our planet, got few G forces from flying gliders/airplanes and another few from driving a sport bike and it just do not wants to die.... built like tank with titanium strap and you don't need to replace any battery, I'm giving it 10 stars.

Teletype machines (4, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | about 9 months ago | (#46789303)

I have several Teletype machines from the 1926 to 1940 period. [aetherltd.com] All are in good working order. They're completely repairable; it's possible to take one apart down to the individual parts and put it back together. But they're high-maintenance. There are several hundred oiling points on a Model 15 Teletype. There are things that have to be adjusted occasionally, and manuals and tools for doing that. Every few years, the entire machine has to be soaked in solvent to clean off excess oil, then relubricated and adjusted. This is the price of building a complex machine good for a century or more.

(The Model 33 of the minicomputer era is not one of the long-lived machines. This was by design. The Model 35 was the equivalent long-lived, high-maintenance product; the 33 required little mainenance but had a llimited life.)

Dumbphone (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789321)

old school brick/candybar cellphones. Nokia's a great one, there are other manufacturers. Point is - if I had to bet on an iPhone or Android going through the wash and surviving, or an dumb-phone surviving I'd bet old school. Some old Nokias from the late 90s (the digital ones) are still making phonecalls, and probably could until the sun goes supernova.

Re:Dumbphone (1)

sphealey (2855) | about 9 months ago | (#46789425)

Western Electric desk phones. Had to buy one on eBay to replace a string of junky modern ones that failed within a year each; the WE phone was manufactured around 1970 per the serial number.


Sun Sparc. US Robotics. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789323)

Sun Sparcstation5s seem to last pretty well, but I have not booted mine in a while. I have a US Robitics 56k modem that works fine. I have some Sun AXi's that run (OpenBSD) when I need them. The bank reposessed my PDP11s about 20 years ago. Cant get any of my floppy drives to work, and I have at least 5.

TOA Amplifier (1)

badger_borat (3621345) | about 9 months ago | (#46789327)

TOA public address amplifier, still going strong.

My suggestions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789339)

Microsoft Intellimouse Optical. The only truly good thing to ever come out of that company. Released in 2000 and still going strong here. Actually had some scroll wheel problems for a few years but mostly resolved itself.

Alternately, Sanyo-MBC 55x computer series, released 1982. More rugged than the mouse by far. Just not much software to run on it, but I use it regularly as an offline encrypted password store.

Office printer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789349)

Our canon ir2200 is at least 11 years old and it may outlive us all.

As a cyclist: Garmin Edge 500 GPS Computer (1)

Vegan Cyclist (1650427) | about 9 months ago | (#46789353)

Really impressed with how it's held up over the years, including the battery.

IBM Model M Keyboard (1)

ErichTheRed (39327) | about 9 months ago | (#46789357)

Typing this on a Unicomp model based on the original design. Awesome keyboard, but it lacks the heavy steel backplate of the original.

Please buy a keyboard from this company so they keep making them. :-) http://www.pckeyboard.com/ [pckeyboard.com]

Generally, any computer equipment before the mid 90s was made quite well, simply because it was so expensive at the time. It also tended to be heavily over-engineered. Some Compaq ProLiants from that era are 100 pounds because they're just solid metal all the way through.

Alarm clock???? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789363)

Alarm Clock? Really?

I used to live across the street from police & fire stations. I can sleep through anything. A few years ago, searching for ever louder and more earth-shaking alarm clocks, I got to thinking about that. For tens of thousands of years mankind has not had alarm clocks. We relied on the Sun and Daylight to wake us up. So I went down to the local megamart and bought a digital outlet timer. You know, the sort of thing you use to turn your lights on automatically while you're out of town. Hooked up a power strip to it, and plugged in a bunch of $5 floor lamps. Nothing like a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Lamps.

Every morning at exactly 6:55 the digital timer turns on and my room is brightened by 5,000+ lumens of light. It's a nice way to wake up. Very gentle. You come out of sleep slowly rather than abruptly.

Amana Radar Range (1)

hambone142 (2551854) | about 9 months ago | (#46789367)

Built like a tank in the late 1960s. Outlasted two "Generally Defective" (G.E.) Chinese pieces of crap that I've had for the last five years. The only reason I stopped using it is the knobs on it are getting worn out. I think I'm just going to fix them and go back.

Microsoft Optical Mouse (1)

Computershack (1143409) | about 9 months ago | (#46789369)

Microsoft Optical mouse, the basic white model with just the scroll wheel. I've had it well over a decade.The bottom is perfectly smooth now but it refuses to die. Best money I've ever spent. A friend of mine is still rocking a Nokia 6310i and refuses to part with it.

PowerBook G4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789373)

The powerbook g4 is 11 years old and still running

HP48g (3, Insightful)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about 9 months ago | (#46789377)

Still works like a charm (and still a bit slow, hehehe).

Re:HP48g (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789455)

Both my 48g and the 24c it replaced are still going strong.
Both were phenomenally amazing products for their day.

The entire Laserjet 4 line (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789381)

Nuff said. I've been working in IT since 2002, and still they continue to work.

Kinesis Advantage Keyboard (1)

ginoledesma (161722) | about 9 months ago | (#46789385)

I'ved used my Kinesis Advantage keyboard [kinesis-ergo.com] since 2004, but I know it saw some use before I took ownership of it.

It's my trusted keyboard that I've brought along different jobs. I have my friends and former coworkers to thank for in turning me onto this device.

Logitech MX510? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789405)

Is that the mouse with the lightweight OMRON switches that fail after a year or two? I've personally worn out three Logitech mice with those switches.

Still have an old G7 at work. It's working because I've never gamed with it, so the switches haven't failed. I know the minute I game with it the switches will fail.

People have been selling replacement switches on eBay for years to fix these things. Hard, daily use, year after year? LOL.

My mac SE/30? (1)

mveloso (325617) | about 9 months ago | (#46789407)

The thing still turns on and runs. Unfortunately Iost my ADB keyboard and mouse so I can't use it.

Nokia 6700 Classic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789413)

Nokia 6700 Classic - i can't make it die (and i try hard years now)

Logitech G5 mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789417)

This mouse has survived every click-fest I have thrown at it over the past 7+ years. Including Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, countless shooters, StarCraft II, and so on. Plus working full time with it. Not a single issue with the hardware itself, ever, in all that time.

My Monkey Wrench (1)

jittles (1613415) | about 9 months ago | (#46789419)

I've got this giant pipe wrench that's been taking a beating (well... giving one) for decades. I can't tell you how many passwords and pin codes I've cracked with that thing. Best hacking tool I ever bought.

Re:My Monkey Wrench (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 9 months ago | (#46789501)

yeah, but do you have the joe pesci autographed model?

that may be worth some moolah, someday...

VHF-UHF Ham Radios (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789421)

Yaesu FT-411 and Kenwood TM-732A. 22 years and counting...

Old Nintendo Products (1)

ausekilis (1513635) | about 9 months ago | (#46789427)

True, the NES had some issues with the 72-pin connector... but my SNES still works just fine after I cleaned the cartridge contacts and cartidges. First time, every time. Same with my N64 and gameboy color. Do a web search for Gameboy in Iraq. You'll turn up a fully-functioning gameboy that survived mortars(bombs?) hitting a base. The thing is mostly black and has some of the plastic melting, but it still plays tetris and is on display in a museum.

Test equipment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789435)

My Tektronix 465B is probably close to 40 years old and still works. Electronics are fine, but it needed a few mechanical repairs which I made myself.

HP 15C calculator (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789443)

I got it slightly used in 1984 and use it almost every day. Has only gone through 3-4 sets of batteries.

Canon 1Ds (1)

jythie (914043) | about 9 months ago | (#46789465)

Those cameras were built like tanks.....

Sun SPARCstation 10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789473)

I have a Sun SPARCstation 10 (dual 40 MHz CPUs!) in my garage that has been running 24/7 (more or less) for 20 years now. The original fans still work.... I've had to replace the original boot disk though a couple of times. I wonder if it'll last 30 years...

Palm IIIx (1)

areusche (1297613) | about 9 months ago | (#46789497)

In a world where most of my smart phones break down after a year, my Palm IIIx will still reliably turn on and run with two fresh double AAs. Amazing device from the early days of handheld computing.

LED lighting (1)

rasmusbr (2186518) | about 9 months ago | (#46789505)

Cheap noname LED spotlights, cheap noname LED flashlights...

I'm sure pricey brand name LED lights don't break very often either.

Gen1 TiVo with lifetime subscription! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789509)

I got my Philips TiVo Gen1 back in 2001 and it's run every day since.

Apple 12.1-inch PowerBook G4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789529)

That laptop is like 12 years old and all original parts including hard drive, works perfectly but slow in today's standards. I cant say the same think about my never Mac, the 15inch 2008 Macbook pro: motherboard replaced, CPU and GPU fans replaced, running on third hard drive, DVD burner replaced and the new one has already problems. Looks to me Apple quality got little off after going mainstream....

Fluke and Weller (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789533)

They're probably older than most of you.

Bose Wave Radio (1)

unfortunateson (527551) | about 9 months ago | (#46789539)

Scoff if you must -- I'm not using it for audiophile, but as an employee-project-completion gift, it's made a fantastic $300 alarm clock.

I've had it for close to 15 years now (it debuted in 1998). It does exactly what I need: Good UI, wake up to radio, tone or CD with slow volume increase, two alarms. Most CD players I've seen don't last this long, and this thing has been a rock.

A pencil? (1)

jbrader (697703) | about 9 months ago | (#46789545)

A mechanical pencil is a tech product?

The Hayes AT command set (1)

mveloso (325617) | about 9 months ago | (#46789559)

It's been decades, and that thing is still going strong. When we're all gone, phones will be making calls by mapping whatever you're doing to:

ATDT your_number

Note: does ADTP still work? What if you did that on a 4G modem?

I'll wear out before it will (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46789563)

my leather condom, that is.

None of them, absolutely none. (1, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about 9 months ago | (#46789567)

If youre trying to find tech products crafted with longevity in mind, you're going to have a bad time. The entire technology industry is built around intentional, and unintentional, Planned obsolescence. Connectors are intentionally standardized then customized slightly to stymy interoperability and in turn drive sales of every other accessory they use. cellphones are made from thermoplastic and glass, and come with a multi billion dollar advertising industry to ensure you buy new ones every year or two. And if that doesnt work, Software is simply bloated up until you're forced to buy a new one. everything from laptops to food processors have replacement parts, but those parts are often at the economic disadvantage of the buyer in that they cost upwards of 50% or more of the original purchase cost. this is to induce you to consume more. Proprietary operating systems like windows, and applications like crysis or autocad will intentionally fail to function if you dont have a machine of a particular newness. The data transfer standards themselves are also wildly flexible in that for example what once was an open USB standard for most handheld electronics has become a confounding vortex of shit called MTP or media transfer protocol with limited support in open operating systems and wildly different/broken implementations across devices that do claim to support it.. Video game consoles are rarely backwards compatible. and arguably the digitization of over the air television was a pointless subsidy from congress to force consumers to buy a new TV so they could turn around and gift companies like AT&T with practically free spectrum. tablets are routinely locked down with UEFI to ensure once its not supported by the vendor anymore, you cant do something insane like install your own OS and continue to use it. No, you'll rent your technology and open your purse when you're told to.

devices will never be built to last because our society is predicated upon an open market and endless consumption in which we never question the longevity or practicality of the devices we're told to purchase. The best you can do is mitigate your participation in this endless moebius strip by championing open standards and solutions. build your own pc and replace components as necessary. stop buying a phone every two years. Pick up a book at the library instead of renting text on a device you never actually own.

TRS-80 Model 4P (1)

jbrandv (96371) | about 9 months ago | (#46789579)

It's heavy and slow but the thing won't die. It still runs some home automation X10 stuff from the 80s.

1975 Casio Pocket-mini calculator (1)

Dega704 (1454673) | about 9 months ago | (#46789585)

A calculator older than me which I inherited. Many calculators have come and gone but this thing has survived much time and abuse. I always liked it's glowing LED numbers, even if it takes two AA batteries to power it.
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