Obsolete technology we still use, love and play with

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  1. Stev0

    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

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    Old-school computer games (Adventure, Zork, even Hunt the Wumpus).
     
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    I have all of the Infocom games. I have the original boxes with all of the little tchatchkis, and I have all of the games on CD rom.
     
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    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

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    keyboard....obsolete technology. use it every day at work. also about 50% of the time at home. i frequently use speech recognition...i talk, it types... accuracy probably 98% or so and getting better (after 3 years you would think its learned something!!) ... that is still better than my typing!!
     
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    patsparks An Aussie perspective

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    Pulse dial no longer works here so no dial phones any more.

    I know someone with a pack of playing cards made from cardboard. Remember them?
     
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    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

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    another obsolete technology i use is a car that needs gasoline. which begs another question... if you had a car that could do 50 mph, get up to 60 miles of range, costs less than a Prius, seats 4 (actually its 2+2 implying that only children or small people can sit in back) and NEVER uses gas, how many vehicles owned by current Priuschat members would this car replace effectively?


    now i realize the answer on a percentage basis, would be probably much lower than the general population... so any demand for it here would suggest a much greater demand overall
     
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    lesturner Taming the Dragon - Tennessee

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    My main mailserver is still mounted on a post in front of the house...

    I still have a turntable to spin vinyl on... Cd's don't properly reproduce the pops and scratches as well...

    I also still have a rotary dial phone in my garage.
     
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    I still use a skeleton key. I'm sure it's decades older than I am.
     
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    NaptownPrius Getting Greener....

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    An old wooden shoe shine kit with an electric shoe shiner in it. Smells like an old Lionel train when it runs.

    It was my Dad's growing up. I remember him using it in the late 60s.

    I still use it.
     
  10. Godiva

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    Me too. The inner doors in my house are all old locks with skeleton keys. Really weirds people out to lock the bathroom door.
     
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    How bout the Sierra Quest games? I loved Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. I have all the Space Quests including the VGA remakes. I prefer the old Leisure Larry though to the VGA remake. I must have played Space Quest I a dozen times.

    Modern games are too hard for me. If I cannot figure out how to play a game in a few minutes I lose interest. I did have a lot of patience with Civilization III though, but only because it's a strategy game. I enjoy those.

    I did play Need for Speed once and actually enjoyed it. It was mostly cause my buddy kept nagging me to try it out. He also had the whole setup. Steering wheel, high res graphics and foot pedals. It's actually more like driving than playing. I think I might enjoy the Nintendo Wii. Gameplay is more natural.
     
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    I'd say the QWERTY keyboard, as that was designed for manual typewriters to slow the speed down (less chance of the keys sticking together), but that isn't what you want here.

    I still have my Atari 2600, which I pay on rare occasions. I love Adventure.
     
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    If that is obsolete then what is my shoe shine kit with manual brushes in it?
     
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    Board games! Yes, we actually put away guitar hero once in a while and bust out games like clue, Life, Monopoly, etc.

    My kids think it's neat to be able to play games without batteries! (sigh.)

    :hippie:
     
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    I'm still messing around with a HP Jornada 728 handheld that runs Windows for Handheld PC 2000. In fact, I just ordered a bluetooth adapter card for it. I refuse to give up on it. I will find some use for it.
     
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    Stolen from an email that DH was forwarded:

    We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids'. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever!

    And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and
    faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
     
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    In my family we have a board game called "Commisar". It's a parody of Monopoly and the cold war. Instead of going to jail, you go to Siberia. You use rubles for money. And the goal is to sell enough junk on the black market to get enough money to leave the country. My mother and I bought it at a garage sale in the 80s I think. It was probably 20 years old then but in pretty good shape with no missing pieces.

    Whenever we play the game, we inevitably end up talking in very bad Russian accents. The same thing happened when I played it with my friends in Boston when I was visiting. I bought a game on eBay and brought it as a gift. Sure enough. We started playing and eventually all of us were speaking in very bad Russian accents. I swear, I didn't start it. Of course, the humor is lost on the younger generation. They don't remember the cold war. So the game is pretty obsolete.
     
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    OOOh the memories:
    Commodore VIC-20

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    with the optional Hard drive below:

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    samiam Antipodean Prius Poster

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    Yes we had/still have many of those listed above, but
    Still using (loving?, not so much):

    axe and log splitter
    ancient coal range, to heat the house & water all winter
    194x Massey Ferguson tractor, to top the paddocks and haul heavy loads
    flywheel drill press (hand-cranked) for whatever needs precision holes
    low-pressure plumbing, including outside tower tank providing water to much of the house
    fly-swatters x2
    hand shears (non-electric scissor shears) for the sheep
     
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