The tech world often seems like an endless parade of amazingly new ideas, architectures, languages, and devices. It also sometimes happens that a once-new thing sticks around a bit too long. Perhaps a gadget simply won't wear out. Maybe the disruptive replacement never shows up. Occasionally, the great replacement turns out to be not quite as good as the old standby.
Let's celebrate these artifacts of the computer industry that steadfastly deliver—day in and day out, year after year, some of them for decades. Sure, they might not have flashy conferences named after them, or make their big debut in an overhyped IPO, but they do what they’re supposed to do.