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GWBBQ
Jan 2, 2005




mng posted:

I'm sure it's been gone over before, but I thought of test patterns:



Sometimes accompanied with a tone at whatever Hz. I can't remember when the last was I saw one of these.
Tone is usually 1khz

Tater Tot 13 posted:

I retired a 40" version of this beast last year. I weighed about 350-400lbs.

It didn't have a spaceman on it full time though.


I helped a friend move one of those twice. I think it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but remember the Trinitron rule: once it goes down into the basement, it stays in the basement.

Tater Tot 13 posted:

It didn't have a spaceman so it had no point.


Also it was a hulking obsolete chunk of TV.
It could take HD inputs. Depending on the model, it might even have been capable of 1440x1080. Not terrible for its time.

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TotalLossBrain
Oct 20, 2010

Hier graben!

Here's some more.

Genuine radio from Pre-WW2 Germany. The plastic looks very 80's.


Same era, basic radio receiver for the masses:


Another radio, intricate design:


Spank bank material for steampunks:


This is identified as a radio telephone:


Another sort-of-predecessor to the cell phone:


The earlier-mentioned adjustable capacitors in action:


Some of those cylinders seen on barrel pianos:


Wireless home phone ca 1988:


I miss the days when you could still direct-dial everyone on the network!




LOL Big Screen


A graph tracer:


Another nice TV, but a bit unlevel:


Steampunk gravity gun or old CRT?


More odd TV's:




Serious 60's vibe:


I am not sure what it really is, but it sure looks like a horrible mechanical Furby face.


Front-panel access to those tubes you need to replace now and then:


Straight off the Star Trek: TOS bridge:


Some weird German assembly code:


Did you like the ferrite memory module earlier? Have 3D ferrite memory!


That's some cabling...


Old Zuse terminal:


Old proprietary Siemens disk storage:


Classic:


Awesome console:


Women in CAD (advertising) in the 60's?


Another awesome console:


Neat plotter:


Early Numpad:


It goes with this:








If I remember correctly, this is the output stage:






I still have a bunch more from the rail, marine, and military air section. If I find something obsolete, I'll post it up.

Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013





GWBBQ posted:

Tone is usually 1khz

I helped a friend move one of those twice. I think it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but remember the Trinitron rule: once it goes down into the basement, it stays in the basement.

It could take HD inputs. Depending on the model, it might even have been capable of 1440x1080. Not terrible for its time.

I have a photography friend who is still on the lookout for a used/refurbed 24" flat surface widescreen Trinitron monitor (I can't remember the model number off the top of my head). Those things had (I think) 2300x1440 resolution and according to him once color calibrated looked fantastic. They weighed over a 100 lbs.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


TotalLossBrain posted:

Genuine radio from Pre-WW2 Germany. The plastic looks very 80's.


IN KÄSE OF ÄLLIED BOMBUNG, TÄKE KOVER INSIDE UNSER MINIATURE FLAKTURM/RADIOANLAGE

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


(I never thought I'd see a brutalist radio.)

SlightButSteady
Sep 13, 2007



Soiled Meat

TotalLossBrain posted:

Here's some more.



What style is this? It's beautiful.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


SlightButSteady posted:

What style is this? It's beautiful.

Futurist?

e: I wanted to say Googie but a) that's architecture and b) I don't know what I'm talking about anyway I just wanted to make a guess and if I turned out to be right I'd seem right smart.

eeeeee: Art deco

eeeeeee: I still have no idea what I'm talking about the size of the TV means it's not period art deco anyway

Jesus take me now.

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SlightButSteady
Sep 13, 2007



Soiled Meat

Jerry Cotton posted:

Futurist?

e: I wanted to say Googie but a) that's architecture and b) I don't know what I'm talking about anyway I just wanted to make a guess and if I turned out to be right I'd seem right smart.

eeeeee: Art deco

eeeeeee: I still have no idea what I'm talking about the size of the TV means it's not period art deco anyway

Jesus take me now.

Excellent, thank you. It's called the Kuba Komet

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


Ooh there's more kit inside it

SubG
Aug 19, 2004

It's a hard world for little things.


Jerry Cotton posted:

eeeeee: Art deco

eeeeeee: I still have no idea what I'm talking about the size of the TV means it's not period art deco anyway
Yeah, it's more '50s/'60s modernism than art deco. The set in question is a Kuba Komet, and it's roughly the same vintage as fins on cars:

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

The fun thing about that Komet is that TVs had began to move into the portable era (well luggable) by that time. That thing really was the equivilant of buying a B&O home entertainment unit in in the 60's as it had 8 speakers all hooked up to different appliances.

The Philco Tandem Predicta (also 21")

The novelty is that the screen is connected with a long cord for extra mobility.



Pretty good
Apr 16, 2007





German TV chat reminded me that this is the set my family had when I was a kid (not my pictures):





That's the only image I could find on google images that included the stand. Thing oughta be an exhibit in a design museum as far as I'm concerned.

The remote was beautiful too:

Code Jockey
Jan 24, 2006

you can call
but I seldom answer after all




SlightButSteady posted:

Excellent, thank you. It's called the Kuba Komet



That is so cool



I really dig this style of TV, where the tube/glass sits in a tilting frame like this.

Gromit
Aug 15, 2000

I am an oppressed White Male, Asian women wont serve me! Save me Campbell Newman!!!!!!!


sinking belle posted:

German TV chat reminded me that this is the set my family had when I was a kid (not my pictures):




When I lived with my parents I used to watch TV in my bedroom on my Amiga monitor hooked up to a VCR. I was seriously looking at buying myself a good TV and it would have been a Loewe or Grundig. Thankfully I realised I didn't really watch much TV and saved both my wallet and my back.

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

WE HAVE TO CONTROL OUR ENVIRONMENT
IF YOU SEE ME POSTING OUTSIDE OF THE AUSPOL THREAD PLEASE TELL ME THAT I'M MISSED AND TO START POSTING AGAIN


Has anyone mentioned Scopitone in this thread? They were basically jukeboxes that played 16mm music videos. A local cult movie host has a tone of Scopitone clips and shows them before movies. It's mostly fun 60s go-go stuff.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art...uve-never-seen/
http://www.scopitonearchive.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a02SqdXuq0
http://scopitones.blogs.com/



thetechnoloser
Feb 11, 2003

Say hello to post-apocalyptic fun!

Grimey Drawer

TotalLossBrain posted:

Here's some more.

Old proprietary Siemens disk storage:




That's actually tape storage. The CPI stands for "Characters Per Inch", a measure of tape storage data density. Characters == roughly bytes, IIRC.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

Proudly supporting vanilla legends 1994-2014



Tater Tot 13 posted:

I retired a 40" version of this beast last year. I weighed about 350-400lbs.

Dieting is not obsolete, motherfucker!

VictualSquid
Feb 29, 2012

Gently enveloping the target with indiscriminate love.


TotalLossBrain posted:

I am not sure what it really is, but it sure looks like a horrible mechanical Furby face.

It looks like a signal monitor station for TV-Transmitters. It shows the modulation-trapezoid and the TV signal.
The modern ones look almost exactly the same, until digital TV took over.

Humbug Scoolbus
Apr 25, 2008

The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, stern and wild ones, and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.


Clapping Larry

Count Chocula posted:

Has anyone mentioned Scopitone in this thread? They were basically jukeboxes that played 16mm music videos. A local cult movie host has a tone of Scopitone clips and shows them before movies. It's mostly fun 60s go-go stuff.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art...uve-never-seen/
http://www.scopitonearchive.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a02SqdXuq0
http://scopitones.blogs.com/





Classic Scopitone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww

Instant Sunrise
Apr 12, 2007


The manger babies don't have feelings. You said it yourself.


LethalGeek posted:

It sucks it never took off but I love my cable box PC. Makes everything about SMART TVs look as dumb as they actually are.

Same here, I have an InfiniTV 4 PCIe in my PC, which is good if you're somewhere where space is at a premium.

CableCARD's problem was that, among other things, the cable companies only supported it because they were legally obligated to, and it showed. Plus it didn't help that until Windows 7, you couldn't buy a tuner as a standalone device, it had to come pre-installed with the PC. And by the time the restrictions were changed and you could buy a tuner by itself, streaming services were already starting to take off.

Of course it tended to be pretty finicky and a pain to set up, but it was nice once everything was set up and working.

Tater Tot 13
Nov 14, 2003

Making the best of a goon situation.

Jedit posted:

Dieting is not obsolete, motherfucker!

Holy crap!
IT I meant IT weighed 350-400lbs

Johnny Aztec
Jan 29, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 14 days!


I finally have something to contribute to this thread.

I got this laptop in a load of various items, and I just love it. The weight, the design, the build, it's just wonderful

Introducing: The METROBOOK II !



It is a Pentium 1 MMX era laptop with a whopping 2 GB HDD and an amazing 130 MB of RAM!



The HDD comes in a little caddy that is inserted into a slot on the side that has a flip down door.
The metal bar at the bottom is what you use to pull it out.

The back of it:


Holding it upside actually, but on the "top" by the ports is a flap that latches close and hides the ports when not in use.
There is PS/2/ Parallel/ Game Port/VGA

I'm not sure what the next one is. It has a little image of a TV by it, so built in TV-Tuner? I'm not sure.
Port Replicator and Serial.
Oh, on that flap that hides the ports, is a smaller sliding door that gives access to just the port replicator.


Here was something that I just liked for the build. If you wanted to get at the CPU, you don't have to tear the whole thing apart.
Flip it over, take out 4 screws, remove a cover, take out 4 more screws for the Heat sink and:



THERE YOU ARE!

That sticker above the CPU seems to imply you can change the voltage to it, and perhaps O?C it a bit, but I couldn't figure it out, and I didn't want to start tearing it open.


Amazingly, the battery can still hold a 2 hour-ish charge. I don't know exatcly because I forgot about it, and this was sitting at the BIOS screen, not in actual use.

Has no USB ports, but a FDD. The Keyboard is nice, as well.



I don't know, I've always had a thing for that early era of laptops. I hate for it to just rot, but I can't come up with any real ideas on what to use it for.

dissss
Nov 10, 2007

I'm a terrible forums poster with terrible opinions.

Here's a cat fucking a squid.

I think the old Toshiba Satellite I had back in school around 96 or 97 is still at my parents place somewhere.

P100/16MB RAM/500 MB HDD/6x CD ROM/trackpoint (no trackpad) and best of all an internal power supply (no lugging an extra brick around back then).

I remember the 800x600 DSTN screen was a bit dire though - it couldn't cope with any movement without a huge amount of ghosting (I was jealous of the 'active matrix' screens on the more expensive models)

Not my pic

JnnyThndrs
May 29, 2001

HERE ARE THE FUCKING TOWELS

dissss posted:

I think the old Toshiba Satellite I had back in school around 96 or 97 is still at my parents place somewhere.

P100/16MB RAM/500 MB HDD/6x CD ROM/trackpoint (no trackpad) and best of all an internal power supply (no lugging an extra brick around back then).

I remember the 800x600 DSTN screen was a bit dire though - it couldn't cope with any movement without a huge amount of ghosting (I was jealous of the 'active matrix' screens on the more expensive models)

Yeah, those passive-matrix LCD's were goddamn horrible. I actually prefer monochrome displays over those blurry, washed-out miserable things.

Code Jockey
Jan 24, 2006

you can call
but I seldom answer after all




dissss posted:


Not my pic


I love the look of older "fat" laptops like this. Look at that keyboard too!


Johnny Aztec posted:

The back of it:


Holding it upside actually, but on the "top" by the ports is a flap that latches close and hides the ports when not in use.
There is PS/2/ Parallel/ Game Port/VGA

I'm not sure what the next one is. It has a little image of a TV by it, so built in TV-Tuner? I'm not sure.


By the looks of it, composite video. Lots and lots of laptops had that, I recall.

Johnny Aztec
Jan 29, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 14 days!


Code Jockey posted:

I love the look of older "fat" laptops like this. Look at that keyboard too!


By the looks of it, composite video. Lots and lots of laptops had that, I recall.

Oh, Neat! I've never seen it on a laptop before.


Oh, I didn't mention, this laptop has little legs that can swing down at the back, to give it an angle.

Humbug Scoolbus
Apr 25, 2008

The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, stern and wild ones, and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.


Clapping Larry

I have a Powerbook 270c DUO and DuoDock that I should probably post. It really is a neat little laptop.

moller
Jan 10, 2007

Swan stole my music and framed me!


dissss posted:

I remember the 800x600 DSTN screen was a bit dire though - it couldn't cope with any movement without a huge amount of ghosting (I was jealous of the 'active matrix' screens on the more expensive models)


I had a very similar toshiba and it was my second favorite laptop ever in terms of form factor/construction.

Fav. being my 12" Powerbook G4.



When will another laptop meet my gray, square needs?

sirbeefalot
Aug 24, 2004
Fast Learner.

Fun Shoe

moller posted:

Fav. being my 12" Powerbook G4.



When will another laptop meet my gray, square needs?

Goddamn that was a great laptop. Mine was the top of the line, last revision for that model. Begrudgingly sold it after a good 7-8 years. One of the first with a multi-touch trackpad, poo poo was like witchcraft.

Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013





dissss posted:

I think the old Toshiba Satellite I had back in school around 96 or 97 is still at my parents place somewhere.

P100/16MB RAM/500 MB HDD/6x CD ROM/trackpoint (no trackpad) and best of all an internal power supply (no lugging an extra brick around back then).

I remember the 800x600 DSTN screen was a bit dire though - it couldn't cope with any movement without a huge amount of ghosting (I was jealous of the 'active matrix' screens on the more expensive models)

Not my pic


God drat. I had that exact model for my first networking gig. When you purchased a license for Sniffer Pro, it included a PCMCIA 10Mbps adapter and this thing. It ran on DOS and loaded all these funky sys files to work. And if I recall correctly, the license was embedded in the PCMCIA card.

Jesus, that was when i cut my teeth on packet capture. Brings back memories.

C.M. Kruger
Oct 28, 2013


TotalLossBrain posted:

Another sort-of-predecessor to the cell phone:


It's a 1960s handheld 2 meter ham radio. Had a grand output of .07 watts from what I can find, which is about twice as powerful as the handie talky used by the US military in WW2, and weighs slightly less. Looks like it's set up so that the 2 meter band is divided up into two sections, and then a tuning knob to set your frequency inside those. Also note that it needs to be manually switched between send and receive.

Samizdata
May 14, 2007


C.M. Kruger posted:

It's a 1960s handheld 2 meter ham radio. Had a grand output of .07 watts from what I can find, which is about twice as powerful as the handie talky used by the US military in WW2, and weighs slightly less. Looks like it's set up so that the 2 meter band is divided up into two sections, and then a tuning knob to set your frequency inside those. Also note that it needs to be manually switched between send and receive.

I used to have a 2 metre back about 20 years ago. It was awesome, not only did the local police NOT have encrypted tac channels, but sometimes some people would do DTMF tones over their everyday communications. Also, $5 a month got me outdial access to a phone connected repeater. Suck it, cell phone people!

Count Chocula
Dec 25, 2011

WE HAVE TO CONTROL OUR ENVIRONMENT
IF YOU SEE ME POSTING OUTSIDE OF THE AUSPOL THREAD PLEASE TELL ME THAT I'M MISSED AND TO START POSTING AGAIN


Zaphod42 posted:

When I was a teenager the cool thing to do (well, not so much) was cruise around wardriving with laptops.

A ton of people had unsecured wifi back then, pretty much the majority. And those who didn't still had lovely security.

It was mostly just a matter of checking that you were connected to the internet and then moving along, I wasn't there to cause any real problems. But one time I checked a computer's shared folders and there was all kinds of nasty porn, and that was the end of wardriving.

Thanks to horrible data limits and expensive Internet, I've recently had to 'warwalk' around with my phone. Or hope the library left the WiFi on at night. Otherwise I couldn't get Facebook messages or anything.

big parcheesi player
Mar 31, 2014

Also, I can kill you with my brain.


moller posted:

I had a very similar toshiba and it was my second favorite laptop ever in terms of form factor/construction.

Fav. being my 12" Powerbook G4.



When will another laptop meet my gray, square needs?

Doesn't have SA loaded, don't recognize webpage.

Squish
Nov 22, 2007

Unrelenting.

Lipstick Apathy

TotalLossBrain posted:

Computer memory old school! Ferrite memory:


A close-up:


Isn't ferrite memory so drat stable, that these might well have the same data stored in them?

boar guy
Jan 25, 2007



It's only obsolete because they don't make drivers for it any more but I loved my Ergodex DX-1. I still have it and would use it if I could!



All those keys can be repositioned however you want, as many times as you want, and you can assign whatever macros you want to any key. Awesome for gaming and for video editing.

Pham Nuwen
Oct 30, 2010




Squish posted:

Isn't ferrite memory so drat stable, that these might well have the same data stored in them?

Yes.

Slanderer
May 6, 2007

i'm nice


Squish posted:

Isn't ferrite memory so drat stable, that these might well have the same data stored in them?

One interesting thing to note--the core memory pictured is actually fairly low density. Before it became obsolete, the cores became crazy small and the memory planes became huge.

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My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




TotalLossBrain posted:

Awesome German radio from the 80's:

I think they still use that one in the mail room at my job

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