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Obsolete Technology: What Moves You?  
User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

Folks, I stirred things up a little by asking why folks in the hub of haute cuisine would even think of going to the Clowns...it sparked a train of thought.

I am a pretty old fashioned guy, and that follows through into all the things I have and use around the house. Part of that is because I buy and sell a lot of stuff from auctions, and sometimes that yields a lot of good stuff that is somewhat out of date-like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15 or the set of Revere Ware for not much more.. My favorite vintage technology, however, is vacuum tube guitar amps and dial telephones.

What sort of obsolete things do you use and enjoy?

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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

I still enjoy a record player that was made sometime in the 50's, I think. Works just like a charm


LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3816 times:



AND




Hussel, Hussel, Husel, Grind, Grind, Grind
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3812 times:



and




"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

8-Track Tapes, Old Lincoln Town Cars and Reel to Reel Tape Players . . .

Signed:

Superfly.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

I use a portable CD player instead of an MP3 player. That's kinda obsolete now.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
8-Track Tapes, Old Lincoln Town Cars and Reel to Reel Tape Players . . .

Signed:

Superfly.

Yep!  yes 


LP records and reel to reel tape for it's superior sounds quality over digital.
8track tapes for the car and to play in the house when I am too lazy to flip over the record or thread reel to reel tape.
Cassette tape for when ever I am in a car with a cassette player.

35mm film camera because my Canon EOS Rebel still takes fantastic shots. I am in the market for a Canon DSLR so I can interchange lenses.

E6 slide projector slides because I can project very large images on my living room wall (5' X 7')

VHS tape because I have so many flicks that I don't have the time to put on to DVD. No need to when my S-VHS player works perfect. However I do have a growing DVD collection.

CED VideoDisc (not laser disc) because they are so wacky. A video LP is just nuts.  Smile


I would love ot get in to 16mm film projectors but those movies are just too damn expensive!
The projectors themselves are a dime a dozen but the old movies all cost three figures in bidding wars on ebay.



Dougloid:
Radio Shack still has the old Slimline first generation touch-tone telephones. I just bought mines about 10 months ago. They even have the old bell inside that rings. I don't like cordless phones. I received a real nice one for Christmas last year and the sound is still worse than the corded Slimline.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3752 times:

I still use a 1993 Nickelodeon alarm clock that I got as a kid... it was one of the first alarm clocks with multiple alarm sounds and battery backup! Still works beautifully though.


"We break, We bend, With hand in hand, When hope is gone, Just hang on." -Guster
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2045 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3744 times:

Windows XP  Wink

filler.........



I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3742 times:



Signed,

Skidmarks


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3734 times:

http://www.1000bit.net/lista/dati/apple/lisa/lisa210.jpg

^^The Apple Lisa.

Signed,
Klaus


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3725 times:

My 1976 Chrysler 90HP Outboard Motor, sucks gas like a cheap hooker, requires a battery the size of a small donkey to start it and isn't majorly fast but it is all old skool stuff and you can actually repair and adjust things!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/jafa39/100_0770Large.jpg


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3700 times:
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I've got one of these in my library, and it works.........I watched Seinfeld on it one night.

thanks to tvhistory.tv for the photo with description



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3691 times:

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
What sort of obsolete things do you use and enjoy?

My old shortwave radio.


User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3688 times:

Give me any old car, from the 50's and 60's over any piece of crap rolling off the assembly line today.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3670 times:


Aga - I love the fact it is always on and you can cook multiple things at different temperatures concurrently. Very versatile...and they keep the kitchen and some of the rooms in the house warm. So nice just to stand by them to warm up when it is cold and wet outside.


MiniDisc - What a great way to listen to music! I can't believe these things haven't at least overtaken CDs in the recorded music industry. Much smaller than CDs, no worries about scratches and I really liked the fact they were so versatile. I listen to a lot of long DJ mixes so the ability to create track breaks myself at the touch of button and name tracks was a great feature. I have moved on to mp3 players myself but I still enjoy my MiniDisc player and the fact if my battery runs out I have a little attachment I can plug into it and power it up off an AA battery  thumbsup  Of course lugging around a load of MDs was pretty annoying....


Proper cellphones - I'm going to sound like my father here but now I'm bamboozled by the number of rather pointless things that come with even the most basic mobile phones. I don't want something that does ten things badly, I'd just like one that does couple of things very well. I owned the Nokia phone in the picture above for a few years and it was great. Very small, rather stylish, very easy to send text messages from and the menu settings were a doddle.


Not obsolete but need I say more?



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3619 times:



User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
I am in the market for a Canon DSLR so I can interchange lenses.

Get a 30D

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
I don't like cordless phones. I received a real nice one for Christmas last year and the sound is still worse than the corded Slimline.

I actually miss those early ATT cordless phones with the long metal antenna. Those things had crystal clear sound and long range reception. The newer cordless phones suck.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
Of course lugging around a load of MDs was pretty annoying....

Not as annoying as a load of CDs. It really is too bad the music industry never switched to MD.



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15

$15? I want one! Where did you find it - on the scrapyard?

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
the set of Revere Ware for not much more

Buy French, pal, buy French. At least from time to time, say when it comes to kitchen and cuisine:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 15):
I'm going to sound like my father here but now I'm bamboozled by the number of rather pointless things that come with even the most basic mobile phones.

 checkmark 



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8446 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Nothing beats taking a crap in the old chamber pot.



This is what happens after a night on the town when the grog bog calls.



User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3534 times:



User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 18):
Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15

$15? I want one! Where did you find it - on the scrapyard?

I go to a lot of auctions and went to one where nobody was interested in housewares. It has all the attachments and works like a champ.

I seriously doubt I could buy French cookware for the price I paid for some vintage Revereware. But you gotta remember I'm a cheapskate too.

Jafa, have you ever read Henry Petroski's book about pencils? It's most interesting. As it happens, I am a fan of pencils and I have what I believe is a lifetime supply-several large shoeboxes full of new ones. When I was a kid I always got stuck with the crappy ones and I swore a dark and bloody oath (imagine a six year old kid swearing a dark and bloody oath) that when I grew up I would have as many pencils as I wanted, all razor sharp. I have reached that goal. When I go to the library, I always bring my portable Panasonic electric pencil sharpener.

But I've been looking around here for ancient stuff and here in no particular order are some other things around the place.

12 tube guitar amplifiers
Western Electric dial phone
Kellogg Electric dial phone
Bostitch stapler
Rolleicord TLR circa 1936
Pentax Spotmatic II and Spotmatic F
Nikon FE and FM (the FM was bought new)
1940 Kitchenaid A9 burr mill
at least 200 tube radios

Here's some of the radios, a mil surplus ME9E multimeter I use regularly, and part of a couple hundred vacuum tubes I bought from a guy in Bulgaria.

ME9E multimeter
200 tubes
radios 2
radios 1


[Edited 2007-04-12 16:02:57]

User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

LHMARK, what is that in your first picture? It looks a little bit like part of an old SxS phone switch, is it?

DrDeke



If you don't want it known, don't say it on a phone.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Get a 30D

I'll look in to that.


I don't like dealing with re-chargers and batteries.
Too bad you can no longer get these in avocado green. Big grin




Dougloid:
I used to have an old Scott tube receiver from the early 1960s.
I would love to get two McIntosh tube receivers and use my Marantz 4400 quadraphonic receiver as a pre-amp.
Yes that old beast has front and rear pre-amp line outs for the audiophile that wants even more of a high end amp.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Also, I have one these, It works, but I have no need to use it nowadays.




LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
25 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : Ha! I actually have one of those in avocado green! We don't have it connected, but it's quite useful to have around when there's a blackout and none
26 Post contains images Superfly : Really? That is so cool. When I was a kid, my mother bought one in puke yellow to match the refrigerator an plate mats on the kitchen table. Today I'
27 Falstaff : My entire life is about obsolete technology. I have a rotary phone from 1952 (black), hundreds of 8-tracks, a reel to reel, 8 & 16 mm films, 1980 Merc
28 Post contains images Superfly : Wow, your Johnson has 35HP? You da man! Sorry, I couldn't resist.
29 Post contains images RJ111 : I miss the Intercity class 86 and 87 on the West Coast Main Line.
30 Post contains images Falstaff : it also has electric and pull starting.
31 Post contains links and images AA787823 : Although they are still flying, they are obsolete View Large View MediumPhoto © Mark Kryst or View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte
32 Post contains images StarAC17 : I would say that these are basically obsolete but you will never know when you need them, I still will get an A drive in any tower PC's I buy. Also wi
33 ShyFlyer : My parents have a wall mount rotary dial phone in their house. Since it was in the house when they bought it 38 years ago, they seem to think that it
34 Dougloid : Yeah, but you won't think they're obsolete when you have to reload your system software and your computer won't boot from the CD for some reason. I'v
35 Post contains images CastleIsland : Wouldn't that more properly be called an icebox? Does he store Moxie and oleo in there as well?
36 N1120A : I remember when those were new tech.
37 Graphic : Vinyl Records and tube amplifiers are what it's all about.
38 Jafa39 : Sounds like a book i would enjoy....didja know there is a pencil museum on the island of Guernsey??? WTF???
39 Post contains links DEVILFISH : About 2-1/2 years ago, I still used to tinker with the old Contax IIa rangefinder (photo beside shutter speed dial) that took our pictures when we wer
40 Alessandro : I got a Ericophone with no buttons and a Ericsson R290 as cellphone, old reliable telephones.
41 Dougloid : No, an icebox uses ice. This is an electric refrigerator with the coils on top. The first Monitor was 1933. In 1934 they covered up the coils with a
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