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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 23, 2007 01:49PM Reply Quote
I know I'm not the only one here to dabble in old toys and technology. What retro entertainment do other people enjoy?

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Windows XP

bahamut – December 01, 2016 12:03AM Reply Quote
Damn, that's sweet. Did you get drugs? The doctors always have good drugs.

dharlow – December 01, 2016 12:07AM Reply Quote
Any Macs? I am looking to build my collection a bit. Also how do you display yours?

johnny k – December 01, 2016 01:10AM Reply Quote
I still have one of the NeXTstations that JW gave me, in my mom's garage. Going to have to sneak it past my wife once we have a new place with room for it. So what are we all doing with our old boxes other than display? I figure print server for the old serial LaserWriter at minimum

Cloudscout – December 01, 2016 11:00AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
There were a few Macs but nothing special. A beige G3 tower, a Mac SE and a blue iMac. They all had their original box and packaging, though.

I don't generally display my stuff. Not enough room. I usually hook them up to tinker and then pack them away again. There are a few that I keep connected, though. Commodore 64, Apple IIgs and a Mac Color Classic.

ddt – December 01, 2016 01:28PM Reply Quote
Aw, that was nice of you. But haha, yeah, I bet she was hoping your "payment" would be taking all of it. She seems to know you as we do.


ddt – December 01, 2016 05:08PM Reply Quote

Cloudscout – December 01, 2016 05:48PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
That *is* pretty awesome.

John Willoughby – December 01, 2016 05:51PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Makes me glad that TOS came out in the 60's, not the 50's.

Cloudscout – December 02, 2016 06:14PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Discussion of HealthKit in another forum reminded me of the old Heathkit ET-3400 I used in high school. I'm tempted to buy one but not at the prices people are asking for on eBay right now.

ARL (Moderator) – February 26, 2017 08:36PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Nokia 3310 re-released

22 hrs call time. 1 month(!) standby time. The latter is mindblowing.

Sadly, because it's 2G, it's not very usable in Australia (where 2G is being phased out).

bahamut – March 11, 2017 01:22AM Reply Quote
AT&T shut down 2G last year and Verizon is shutting it down next year.

So um, just who are they selling these phones to?

Cloudscout – March 11, 2017 07:35PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Did Verizon ever have a GSM 2G network? I thought their 2G network was CDMA.

Regardless, these phones are aimed at the rest of the world where even 3G service can be limited in some areas.

ARL (Moderator) – March 12, 2017 02:16AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Europe, I assume.

I wish they'd keep a 2G network just for kids who don't need to waste every waking hour on social media

(says me on a social media-ish forum, maybe unsocial or anti-social media?)

El Jeffe – March 23, 2017 07:07PM Reply Quote
What a journey.

Cloudscout – March 31, 2017 01:47PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
When I made the original post in this thread, I jokingly included "Windows XP" in the list of "old toys and technology". Funny how it actually fits now.

El Jeffe – March 31, 2017 04:47PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I do not recall it EOL'd on my birthday.
April 8, 2014

Cloudscout – April 02, 2017 09:07PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
My new Living Room Television. A 1949 Emerson 644. It needs some new capacitors. Once I get around to replacing those, I'll hook up an RF modulator and start watching old Twilight Zone, Doctor Who and Perry Mason... maybe play a bit of Pong.

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bahamut – April 02, 2017 09:13PM Reply Quote
Wow, that is hardcore. Ernie Kovacs would be awesome on that.

John Willoughby – April 03, 2017 09:46AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
It won't be the same without pre-digital TV static. Maybe you can add some.

There's no way to replace the CRT on that, when it goes, is there?

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Cloudscout – April 03, 2017 12:31PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Black & White picture tubes were very reliable unless they received very heavy usage. I won't be using this one very often so the likelihood of the tube getting worn out is pretty low.

As for static, I will be using an RF modulator to feed a signal into the TV. If I use low grade cables and a crappy 75-Ohm to 300-Ohm converter, I could probably induce an appropriate level of static if I wanted to.

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