I’m reporting here the passing of an old computer. It’s a desktop 40Mhz 80386 machine that has been running QNX 2 in my basement for decades, 2 almost 3. It was a little unusual in that it supported EISA (Extended ISA) cards. This bus did not last long. IBM came out with their PS2 bus and later PCI. The machine had a 4 port Dialogic card and a fax card. The machine implemented a simple answer machine and a fax machine. I wrote all the application code and drivers. A few years ago I let go of my fax number and so the fax card went dormant. A while ago I updated the hard drive to a Compact Flash card.
The end came a few days ago when the system rebooted and I found that the battery backup had failed. I don’t think this can be repaired, and I probably won’t try.
I could be wrong, but I think this may have been the oldest known continuously running QNX machine. I’m happy to be corrected on this issue.