They're so commonplace that you'd be forgiven for forgetting that they're computers, albeit limited to a single application: Handling cash.

Automated teller machines, better known as ATMs, are indeed computers, though, even if we don't think of them in the traditional "PC" sense. There's a screen, a keypad, a user interface. Under the hood, there's memory, a processor and other hardware. There's also an operating system -- and if you had to bet your checking account, the smart money would say your ATM runs on Windows XP.

"It's like any other Windows-based PC," said John Campbell, manager of the automated delivery systems department at Virginia Credit Union, in an interview. "I tell the new hires here at work 'remember, your ATM is just this' -- and I point to the PC on their desk. And just like a PC at work or at home, Windows gets grumpy [in certain scenarios]." Read full story on InformationWeek


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