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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New? 338

New submitter thereitis writes "Looking over my home computing setup, I see equipment ranging from 20 years old to several months old. What sorts of old and new equipment have you seen coexisting, and in what type of environment?" I regularly use keyboards from the mid 1980s, sometimes with stacked adapters to go from ATX to PS/2, and PS/2 to USB, and I'm sure that's not too unusual.
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  • by TrashyMG ( 2738973 ) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @04:05PM (#42207455)
    It's AT to PS/2.. ATX standard used PS/2... Just needed to state that..
  • Re:A few items (Score:4, Informative)

    by Phreakiture ( 547094 ) on Thursday December 06, 2012 @05:08PM (#42208459) Homepage

    In my experience, prior to the introduction of Cat 5 most people who were using 10baseT were doing so over coaxial cable.

    That's called 10base2 when you run it on coax.

    I've seen 10baseT run on cat3. In my sophomore year of college, I lived in one of two dorms that was experimentally set up with a college-owned computer in every room, all networked using DECNet. 10base2 emerged from the back of the computer, through the usual T-connector and resistor, followed by a short run of coax and another T-connector and resistor connecting it to a media converter. Cat 3 cable then ran from the media converter to the wall jack. It sucked ass during the first semester, while they were trying to bang out the bugs (they gave us a partial refund for the extra we'd paid to be in that dorm) but come the Spring semester, it rocked.

    I used it mostly as a terminal to access the VAX. It was a faster terminal than anything that was in the computer labs, where everyone connected at 9600 or 19.2k. That was kind of nifty to have a terminal that would, as far as the eye could tell, update all at once.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.