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Posted Nov 27, 2009 1:42 UTC (Fri) by malor (subscriber, #2973)
Looks fine to me. It's clear that it was the same user, and the same thing that was being used, you're just putting a time qualifier in. "Something that my father has been using since 1953" is a perfectly acceptable noun + modifiers. "Before I was born" is a more approximate time modifier, but lexically similar, and appears to be a drop-in replacement for a date.
Note that in the case of Linux and X, he's changing both what was being used (Linux or X) and the timeframes they were being used (now and in the past) within a single sentence, but using the same word for what's being used. You're not doing that in your example here. :)
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