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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop (hothardware.com)

One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. 

Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays.

 However, one computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds. 

The computer in question here is a Commodore C64 that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century

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The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood. 

This Commodore 64 contains a few homemade aspects, however.

 The old computer uses a sinusoidal waveform generator and piezo vibration sensor in order to measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. 

The C64C interprets these signals to help balance the driveshafts in vehicles.

The Commodore 64 (also known as the C64, C-64, C= 64) was released in January 1982 and still holds the title for being the best-selling computer of all time.

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