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 for dusty deck
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  dusty deck
   n.
  
      Old software (especially applications) which one is obliged to remain
      compatible with, or to maintain ({DP types call this legacy code, a term
      hackers consider smarmy and excessively reverent). The term implies that
      the software in question is a holdover from card-punch days. Used esp. when
      referring to old scientific and number-crunching software, much of which
      was written in FORTRAN and very poorly documented but is believed to be too
      expensive to replace. See fossil; compare crawling horror.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  dusty deck
  
     Old software (especially applications) which one is obliged to
     remain compatible with, or to maintain.  DP types call this
     "legacy code", a term hackers consider smarmy and excessively
     reverent.  The term implies that the software in question is a
     holdover from card-punch days.  Used especially when referring
     to old scientific and number crunching software, much of
     which was written in Fortran and very poorly documented but is
     believed to be too expensive to replace.  See fossil;
     compare crawling horror.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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