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 Post subject: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:00 am 
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I have a Macintosh SE, still works and I have some floppies that go with it. Also does anyone know the reason for an all plastic yellow floppy disk? Anyone else have some technology gathering dust?

This was my grandfather's and my mom used it in her time for school stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:21 am 
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I've fixed a few of those for people who still refuse to update to today's technology. I've got SEVERAL older towers lying around that boast "Intel Pentium" on the front of them :laugh:

Also as per your yellow floppy question; It really depends what's on it. The color has almost nothing to do with what it may be, other than merely an aesthetic change. If you have a computer with a floppy drive, you can easily pull up what it is. Honestly it can't be too much though... maybe an older program/game. Remember, 3.5" FD's are only 1.44 MB

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:28 am 
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The floppy is just a piece of plastic, no data can be stored on it. I assume it is just a place holder.

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I still have my parents Atari 2600 plus the games...and it still works! The controllers are the worst!

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Well, you know, Rubik's cube still feels like an ancient mechanical marvel...

There wasn't much of technology in early eighties in Russia, but maybe be a reel recorder, a programming calculator, or a contraband Panasonic 2 cassette recorder brought in by an USSR army officer serving in Angola. All of that cost ton of money. All of that is still alive there, and in working condition. 8-) That includes original USSR own production of 5.25" floppy disks that were working maybe one or two out of the pack of ten. I kept my Core Wars battle programs on them around 1988. Wow, what times that were! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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NXTgen wrote:
The floppy is just a piece of plastic, no data can be stored on it. I assume it is just a place holder.
The purpose of the "blank" was to keep the drive heads from being damaged during shipping, I believe.

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1980s and earlier:
An Atari 2600 with multiple controllers, a few dozen games, but no power cord, so no idea if it still works.
A library for the Blind-issued tape player. Actually, I got it just a few months ago and it appears to have been brand new when I got it, but best I can tell, they have changed none in 20+ years. Actually a pretty nice player, with the ability to play both 1-7/8 inch per second cassettes(common for music recordings) and 15/16 inches per second cassettes(common for audiobooks), variable speed and tone controls, and the ability to switch between playing track 1/2 or track 3/4. Lacks recording features, and while it can switch between the two tracks on a side, it can only play one track at a time.

199)s:
N64, worked until some time last year.

2000s:
PS2(non-slim), Gamecube, Wii, GBA SP, DS Classic, PSP 2000, all in working order.
Does a PS3 count as outdated yet?
Cowon A3, still in working order, though could probably use a new battery.

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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Nowadays kids watch YouTube. I still have a Viewmaster from my youth lying around somewhere...

(And also still have an AT computer, 5.5 and 3.5 floppy disks, a walkman, a tape-deck, a vinyl record player etc. somewhere)

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I have an Xbox (whose name lacks any numbers behind).

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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"Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around" describes everything I have.

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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I am myself getting Old/Outdated. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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Nah.. just say "I am well broken in".

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Kattenvriendin wrote:
Nah.. just say "I am well broken in".


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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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I have the following:

A Vectrex:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectrex
Also, I have the rare 3D glasses and light pen that were sold for it.

An Atari 2600

A Coleco pong game (the Telestar version):
http://www.pong-story.com/coleco.htm

An Amiga 1200, and an Amiga 500

A Commodore 64 with monitor and disk drive.

Two original Game Boys, with the link cable. One is getting ready to be modded with a back light.

A "Big Indian" pinball machine.

An empty Commando arcade cabinet.

A Roland SH-101 synthesizer.

Oh, and yes the empty floppy disc was to keep the heads safe while transporting...

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Today, I learned a lesson that few others will ever have to learn: how to change the correction tape on an electric typewriter. I had to change it not because the old owner left it empty, but because I actually used it so much that I ran out of tape.

I don't have 24 hour access to a computer, but I do have 24 hour homework (or homework at inconvenient hours) so I will sometimes break out the Smith-Corona XD7800 Electric Typewriter with Spellrite technology to draft an essay or make study notes. Keep in mind that I'm still a teenager, so I wasn't around when these were used more commonly. It's still a later model, though, with a screen and dictionary that beeps when you type the wrong letter(old-fashioned version of the red squiggly underline)

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jabeck wrote:
I have the following:

A Vectrex:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectrex
Also, I have the rare 3D glasses and light pen that were sold for it.


All of my jelly! All of it!


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I feel stupid for not mentioning this in my privious post, but I also have a Gamepark 32, which was still in working order last I used it.

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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Jared wrote:
jabeck wrote:
I have the following:

A Vectrex:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vectrex
Also, I have the rare 3D glasses and light pen that were sold for it.


All of my jelly! All of it!


It's the same Vectrex I got as a kid for Christmas back in the 80's! Still works perfectly too... I don't think I would ever let it go. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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I have a very nice large slide rule (with leather case) that belonged to my father in high school. An amazing tool in the hands of someone who knows how to use it and a reminder that analog isn't as low tech as some might think: We went to the moon with this technology.

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Do you know the old story about a math teacher: "7 * 7? Let me see (takes out such an instrument). Yes, there you go, it is 48.98" :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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Konrad wrote:
Do you know the old story about a math teacher: "7 * 7? Let me see (takes out such an instrument). Yes, there you go, it is 48.98" :lol:
Some modern tech is questionably better.

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Considering what can be done with all the "old-Fashioned" mathematical tools, I wish my k-12 math education had utilyzed them more instead of making me dependant on electronic calculators for most things beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers. On the up side, I can do long division and muplication in my head whereas most people could not do them with pencil and paper to expand their memory.

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 Post subject: Re: Old/Outdated technology that you have lying around
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Konrad wrote:
Do you know the old story about a math teacher: "7 * 7? Let me see (takes out such an instrument). Yes, there you go, it is 48.98" :lol:
Well I used a slide rule for a short time, and the trick was to work out the answer before you started! I mean that you worked out the approximate answer so that you knew if your slide rule movements had been in error. In this case, 7.0 x 7.0 has no decimal places, so we know that 48.98 must be wrong :lol: When I did maths at school, long division, long multiplication, log tables were the norm. I did not see a calculator at school until I was in 6th form (age 17-18). I had a simple four function calculator, with a red LED display, made by Sinclair. I still have it somewhere ...

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