Salespeople will invariably tell you that you need the latest and greatest system to get the job done. That's not always the case, however, as the use of an Amiga to run heating systems shows.
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This particular story went quite viral over the weekend, highlighting a school district using a Commodore Amiga 2000 to run the heating for 19 US schools within a district. It's running off a 1200 baud modem — not exactly cutting edge itself — and uses simple radio frequencies to send out commands. Neat programming that has stood the test of time, in other words.
There are some pitfalls to be aware of. Replacement Amiga parts aren't exactly thick on the ground these days, for a start. At the same time, however, the replacement cost of a new system would run into a couple of million dollars, which is part of a bond proposal the school is looking into.