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Zoe Kleinman asked people to share their oldest working gadgets. And a floodgate opened.
These days, your shiny new gadget is likely to be rendered obsolete by software updates (or a lack of them) before it physically grinds to a halt.
A recent report by the consumer campaign group Which? suggests the lifespan of a smart fridge could be just a few years if the brand behind it stops providing software support and updates.
Meanwhile, Sonos has released new software for its internet-connected speakers that does not work on its own-branded older devices.
But many older devices do not rely on security updates or perhaps even much or any software at all.
Kitchen gadgets were built to last, with a number of 20-, 30-, 40- and even 50-year-old whisks and mixers proudly shown off, along with a 20-year-old Breville sandwich toaster, a rice cooker from the early 1990s and a 33-year-old Braun juicer.
A surprising number of Nintendo Game Boys (launched in 1989) and the occasional NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1983) are still being put through their paces too along with other computers and music players.
See the BBC News article for the full list.
What do you have that is still working great? Post yours in the comments below.
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