By Zoe Kleinman
Know-how reporter, BBC Information

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Nowadays, your shiny new gadget is more likely to be rendered out of date by software program updates (or an absence of them) earlier than it bodily grinds to a halt.

A latest report by the buyer marketing campaign group Which? suggests

the lifespan of a wise fridge may very well be only a few years if the model behind it stops offering software program help and updates.

In the meantime, Sonos has launched new software program for its internet-connected audio system that doesn’t work on its own-branded older gadgets.

And this prompted me to casually point out on Twitter that I’ve a 12-year-old TV.

To make myself really feel higher, I additionally requested individuals to share their oldest working devices.

Made within the days earlier than software program updates, working programs and safety vulnerabilities had been a part of of the ecosystem, they’re all nonetheless going robust.

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picture captionThis Kenwood meals mixer dates again to 1964, proprietor Matthew Rees says

Kitchen devices had been constructed to final, with quite a lot of 20-, 30-, 40- and even 50-year-old whisks and mixers proudly proven off, together with a 20-year-old Breville sandwich toaster, a rice cooker from the early 1990s and a 33-year-old Braun juicer.

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Kate Bevan has a 30-year-old washer.

Rachel Rogers has a working toaster, which belonged to her grandmother, from 1925.

And the broadcaster Mariella Frostrup has a 25-year-old Magimix meals processor.

Mary Branscombe, in the meantime, writes: “Dishwasher from 1996, fridge and washer from 1997 – however the Braun hand blender is from the early 90s. And naturally my mid-80s sandwich toaster from faculty continues to be going robust.”

Sarah continues to be utilizing a Sunbeam iron she acquired as a marriage current in 1977, which “lasted longer than the wedding”.

And Sue says: “My Status Excessive Dome stress cooker was a Christmas current in 1975 – nonetheless in use. My mom’s an identical one, from Christmas 1953, was handed on six years in the past, nonetheless good.”

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A stunning variety of Nintendo Recreation Boys (launched in 1989) and the occasional NES (Nintendo Leisure System, launched in 1983) are nonetheless being put by way of their paces too.

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Chris Inexperienced nonetheless performs on a 37-year-old ZX Spectrum.

Jorn Madslien’s teenage son has acquired his mum’s Binatone console from the early 1980s.

And Peter Gothard’s Sega Mega Drive is “arising for 30, and nonetheless working completely”.

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Ewan Spence nonetheless makes use of a Psion organiser from 1993.

And Amin has been utilizing the identical reminiscence stick since 2005.

“This little stick has been ‘backing me up’ since earlier than I can keep in mind,” he says.

“It even broke and I mounted it with superglue a few years in the past.”

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There are additionally quite a lot of classic calculators nonetheless in service – the one above belongs to Prof Moataz Attallah.

“My dad purchased it for me in 1997 from France – therefore the identify, Graphique Couleur,” he says.

“It could plot graphs, do matrix calculations and extra, with 64KB”.

In the meantime, Peter Gillingwater’s Casio FX-602P, which he purchased in 1981, nonetheless works.

And Paul Marks has been utilizing his Casio FX-29 calculator since he obtained it, in 1977.

“Fitted nicely within the knee pockets of high-waisters – anybody keep in mind these?” he asks.

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picture captionThis Sony Walkman, from 1991, continues to be going, reviews Modha on Twitter

Loads of iPods, Sony Walkmans and hi-fis are nonetheless in good working order, together with the occasional Minidisc participant and one 1960s HMV report participant.

“Functioning, in all probability – the Vestax recorder, which I’ve had for the reason that early 90s,” Keith Devereux says, “unused now since I am unable to actually get audio cassettes any extra. At the moment in use? Nearly actually the trusty previous iPod from the early 2000s.”

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Sean McManus says: “My Amstrad CPC 464 pc from 1984 nonetheless works positive.

“I’ve obtained some music keyboards from the mid-80s and early-90s too.”

And restaurant critic Jay Rayner asks: “Does a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano from 1993 depend?”

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picture captionThis 1960 Rock-Ola 1484 jukebox nonetheless has pleasure of place

There are additionally quite a lot of working FM radios, turntables, early digital radios and audio system.

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picture captionNeil Craig solely not too long ago parted with this working lawnmower, from the 1950s

“As {hardware} lifecycles get shorter and shorter, with some even measured in months not years, it is easy to suppose that most individuals simply need the newest model of a product,” Wired UK government editor Jeremy White says.

“Nicely, that view could have worth within the worlds of laptops and smartphones however generally older merchandise are simply higher – higher parts, higher design and a greater lifespan.

“Hello-fi gear reveals this again and again.

“A brand new Bluetooth speaker could have the newest software program and chipsets – however this may not imply it is superior.

“I nonetheless use a TV sound system that got here out in 2009.

“And I’ve but to search out one which sounds higher or works as seamlessly.”

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picture captionMr Mander’s modified 1975 Hitachi TV set

Nonetheless, some older devices might have a bit little bit of 21st-Century magic.

Martin Mander, host of the YouTube channel Outdated Tech New Spec, modifies previous gadgets that proceed to be of service in at this time’s world.

On his wall at house is a Hitachi CRT TV from 1975, which he has refitted to stream digital video.

“At its coronary heart, previous know-how was actually cumbersome and trendy know-how is basically tiny,” he says, “so you might have more room inside an previous machine to change it.

“You possibly can match one thing new inside it, like a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino, to make it work like it’s alleged to however in a extra trendy approach.”

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