The winning contest entry is from Yoann Des Ponts at Arsenal Media.
His Davicom MiniMAC unit (yes, we called them MACs back then, but that’s another story) was manufactured in November 1998 and is still in operation at CKLD-FM in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada. It is running firmware version 2.42.5 and as of June 30th, it had an age of 22 years and 7 months! Yoann and Arsenal Media will be receiving their prize in a few weeks. It’s one of our newest babies, a 3rd generation Davicom Cortex 320 unit that Yoann will be able to introduce to its Grandpa, the MiniMAC. Just to put things in perspective, Grandpa only had a phone, a fax and a VT-100 terminal. In addition to the phone and FAX, the new kid has InstaModbus, SnapSNMP, TikTok-I/O and is constantly checking the network for Internet access (sound familiar? :-).
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted their units and photos for our contest. We received submissions from around the world, which isn’t surprising given the fact that the sun never sets on all Davicom units.
We are proud to see our products still working tirelessly after 19, 20 even up to 22 years. This is a nice exploit in today’s fast paced world of cheap electronics and short product lifecycles. Actually, it isn’t too surprising since each generation of Davicom products is designed and supported to last over 10 years!
HERE ARE SOME OF THE RUNNERS-UP
Jason Byers of the CBC
1999-03-30, 267 months, 22.3 years
Larry King of Bell Media BC, CA
1999-05-25, 265 months, 22.1 years
UNSWP’s Brian Gullikson
2000-05-12, 253 months, 21.1years
Tim Foulsham from Radica
2001-02-01, 244 months, 20.3 years
Public Safety Agency
2002-03-21, 231 months, 19.3 years
Darrin Drouillard of Bell Media
2004-10-15, 200 months, 16.7 years