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Obsolete Technology: What Moves You?

Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:43 am

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is because I buy and sell a lot of stuff from auctions, and sometimes that yields a lot of good stuff that is somewhat out of date-like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15 or the set of Revere Ware for not much more..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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Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:48 am

I still enjoy a record player that was made sometime in the 50's, I think. Works just like a charm
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:53 am



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Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:00 am

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

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:43 am

I use a portable CD player instead of an MP3 player. That's kinda obsolete now.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:03 am

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

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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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:25 am

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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:28 am

Windows XP  Wink

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:31 am



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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:35 am

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:39 am

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!

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:57 am



I've got one of these in my library, and it works.........I watched Seinfeld on it one night.

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:17 am

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

My old shortwave radio.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:20 am

Give me any old car, from the 50's and 60's over any piece of crap rolling off the assembly line today.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:02 pm


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?
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:16 pm

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:22 pm

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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:46 pm

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.

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:20 pm

Nothing beats taking a crap in the old chamber pot.



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Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:51 pm

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:58 pm

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


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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:08 pm

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

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:14 pm

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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:15 pm

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

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:36 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Too bad you can no longer get these in avocado green

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 of the wireless phones will work. Big grin
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:46 pm

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 25):
Ha! I actually have one of those in avocado green!

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'd like to get the avocado green telephone to match my coffee maker.  Smile
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:05 am

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 Mercedes-Benz 300TD, 1958 Feather Craft boat, with 1958 Johnson 35hp, I have close to 100 Pre 1975 Falstaff beer light up signs, plus thousands of more Falstaff beer items. A house built in 1954. My beer refrigerator was made in 1948. Hundreds of LPs, and a Juke box from 1963. I also have 26 guns all made before 1976.

These items may be obsolete, but they all still function and are still useful today.

I like modern stuff too, but it is nice to have reminders of life when it wasn't so fast paced and when you needed to communicate with a person you actually wrote a letter or called on the land line phone, at their house or work.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:08 am

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 27):
Johnson 35hp

Wow, your Johnson has 35HP?  Wow!

You da man!



Sorry, I couldn't resist. Big grin
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:12 am

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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:19 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
Wow, your Johnson has 35HP?

You da man!

it also has electric and pull starting.  Silly
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:33 am

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Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:07 am

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 with TIVO and PVR's taking over and the DVD market being what it is these are obsolete but I still use them frequently.

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Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:16 am

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
dial telephones.

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 might be older than that.

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
What Moves You?

My feet. They are just so, um, pedestrian.


I'm one of those people who feel that all a cell phone needs to do is make and receive calls. No text messages, photos, email, internet, TV, music, games, etc. I think my phone was one of the last that doesn't have all that junk save for texting capability and games, neither of which I use.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:07 am

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 32):
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.

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've got one in both desktops plus a spare I pulled out of a junker.

Falstaff, I've got a pal who keeps his beer in a 1934 GE Monitor refrigerator that his mother bought brand new.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:15 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 34):
a 1934 GE Monitor refrigerator

Wouldn't that more properly be called an icebox?  Wink

Does he store Moxie and oleo in there as well?  Wink
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:25 am

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 32):
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.

I remember when those were new tech.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:26 am

Vinyl Records and tube amplifiers are what it's all about.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:55 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 21):
Jafa, have you ever read Henry Petroski's book about pencils?

Sounds like a book i would enjoy....didja know there is a pencil museum on the island of Guernsey??? WTF???
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:44 am

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 were kids.....

http://www.cameraquest.com/conrf.htm

Sadly, the shutter was often stuck-up and light leaked into the camera - so I left it in the Philippines.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 21):
200 tubes

Any NOS 318s or 2A3s in that lot?
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:50 am

I got a Ericophone with no buttons and a Ericsson R290 as cellphone, old reliable telephones.
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Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:57 am

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 35):
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 34):
a 1934 GE Monitor refrigerator

Wouldn't that more properly be called an icebox?

Does he store Moxie and oleo in there as well?

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 decorative metal shroud. He still has the deck of cards the GE dealer gave out with the refrigerator. It runs very quietly.

I don't know whether you can even get Moxie any more...the stuff was a great favorite in New England-it appealed to the Puritan Ethic meaning, if it tastes or feels good there's something vaguely sinful about it. That's something a real down easter could get behind.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 39):
Any NOS 318s or 2A3s in that lot?

I might have a couple 2A3s somewhere. What I got from Bulgaria was Russian military surplus 6SL7s.
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