Oldest piece of "technology" that you own/used recently

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  1. coolerifyoudid

    coolerifyoudid Well-Known Member

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    My daughter is in gymnastics and wanted to see what her mother looked like when she was in gymnastics. We happen to have an old beta max recording of my wife that we brought out and dusted off this past weekend. After putting it back into storage, it made me wonder if that was the oldest electronic device that I owned. (It was, followed closely by a flashlight from my parent's house that still works like a champ)

    What is the oldest electronical device that you own and have used in the past year? Plug-in or battery-operated are acceptable.....keep it clean :policeman:
     
  2. pulse

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    I watched this 200 lbs behemoth yesterday.
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  3. bos

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    Floppy drive. At least its USB.....
     
  4. bgprest

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    Well... I've got a list of 'em...

    1952 Rolleiflex TLR camera (actually not electrical at all, but highly technical in its day - and still is)

    1980 Nikon F3 camera, my other favorite camera

    1961 VW Beetle Ragtop - just took first place in a show this weekend

    1978 VW Beetle Convertible - up for sale if anyone's interested (just too new for me)

    1976 John Deere 10-speed bicycle - I put at least 20 miles a week on it - Runs like a Deere still!

    1980 Hewlet Packard HP25 calculator - my daily user at work, and was my calculator back at I-State


    Seems like the older I get the more I like the old stuff...
     
  5. RyCy04

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    Still use original NES and original Game Boy often.
     
  6. WhatchaGonnaDo

    WhatchaGonnaDo Well-Known Member

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    N64. Still play it regularly.
     
  7. Farnsworth

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    I used a cassette player the other day.

    However it was only to play the tape feed directly into my computer so I could record it in a digital format.
     
  8. MNCyGuy

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    I just found my old N64 in our basement and it was like early Christmas.
     
  9. Farnsworth

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    I try, but all I have is newer LED tv's, and it looks TERRIBLE on them. I told my gf that when we get a house, I'm going to have to buy an old CRT just to play NES, SNES, SEGA, ps1 and N64 in my man cave.
     
  10. InAWord

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    We have a Colecovision and an Atari 2600 that we use a few times a year. We also have some old table top Coleco arcade games and Pac Man game watch from the early '80s. All work well. However the oldest piece of electronics we have is '47 AM radio. That said I can't wait to pick up my day one Xbox One in a few weeks...
     
  11. Rabbuk

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    I have a an auger from 1915 that can still be used to put in fence posts.
     
  12. oldman

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    Probably my HP 15C calculator. I got it in college in the early '80s and still use it every day at work. Love that reverse polish notation.
     
  13. ImJustKCClone

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    In the last year...a VCR.

    I'll be willing to bet that most of the posters on here have not used the PC precursors that I have used in the course of my student and/or working life:

    the first PONG game on our block
    an IBM Seletrix portable typewriter with a correction cartridge
    a DecWriter
    a Wang Word Processor
    a keypunch
    a data recorder (2nd gen keypunch)



    And OMG - no color TV until I was 12, no touch-tone phone till I was 14.
     
  14. ImJustKCClone

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    Atari - still play it 2-3 times a year!
     
  15. ImJustKCClone

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    Remember how much we had to save up for those suckers? Now you get 100x calculating capability from a $10 knock-off.
     
  16. Clonefan94

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    I used a stick over the weekend to hold a marshmallow over a fire.
     
  17. Gorm

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    I regularly use a 1963 Fisher 500c Tube Amp with my 2 channel source music. Sound quality beats anything that is created today. I paid to have it completely rebuilt.

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  18. Stumpy

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    The two I still use regularly are my 8-track / record player and the Atari 2600. Dig Dug forever, man.
     
  19. clone2011

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    Just watched a movie on my 20" TV with a built-in VCR. The movie, you ask? The Mighty Ducks.
     
  20. LindenCy

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