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The Cubelodyte
Sep 1, 2006

Practicing Hypnolaw since 1990

Grimey Drawer

Vweeeeeee vmmmmmm vweeeeeeeee VWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

The one-time sound of late nights in the office as backups ran. Solid little bastards (at least, I never had one fail), but noisy as all hell. I guess small, local tape backups in general are all in the pile of obsolescence, but these guys seemed ubiquitous at one point.

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Manky
Mar 20, 2007




Fun Shoe

Nemesis Of Moles posted:

You can actually pick these up for pretty cheap on Ebay. I love the bastards but as far as I know, there isn't really much in the way of digital midi controller guitars anymore.

There are two popular recent ones now, the "You Rock" midi guitar and the Rock Band 3 Mustang Pro. I believe both are pretty cheap, < $100 and can be used as straight midi controllers.

(Wait, the Mustang Pro is $70 for the ps3 version? drat now I want to buy one.)

LloydDobler
Oct 15, 2005

You shared it with a dick.



Cybernetic Crumb

The Phatnoise Phatbox (also sold as the Kenwood Music Keg). This was a fantastic device before solid state memory was affordable. They took a laptop hard drive, built a cartridge for it, then coded an amazingly functional interface that allowed you to load and customize a music library how you want it organized, and on top of that they made it compatible with a huge number of cars and stereos by making it emulate a CD changer. Oh, and it plays every music format made, including FLAC.

Even better was that a few years later some guys hacked it so you could upgrade the hard drive without paying their exorbitant markup.

I bought mine in 2004 when the product began its decline, and still use it daily. 40 gigs of dedicated music with a full track/artist/album readout on the dash and direct access to albums just by typing the disc number on the head unit remote. My library is organized alphabetically by artist and chronologically by album. Plus super easy drag and drop playlist creation.

I'm bummed they're discontinued, I've yet to see any other solution as easy to use and freely customizeable. When mine dies I'm going to be repeatedly frustrated by whatever else I use.

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rockcity
Jan 16, 2004


Noblesse Obliged posted:



Ever since, tennis gives me a raging headache.

I'm getting neck pain just looking at it. We owned one and I couldn't play that thing for more than like 15 minutes without getting the worst neck cramps, no matter how I adjusted the stand or how I was sitting/laying.

lazer_chicken
May 14, 2009

PEW PEW ZAP ZAP


The cool thing about laserdisc is that, up until the dvd release that contained the original theatrical versions, the laserdisc versions of the original star wars trilogy were regarded as the best. I'm sure true star wars fans have some argument that it's still the best.


Original content: for me, it's film cameras. It wasn't that film didn't get good results. I really don't want to start a film vs. digital war here, but it wasn't until recently that digital cameras really matched the capability of a good 35mm camera, and digital is still miles away from matching medium format film. Of course the ease of use of digital is awesome, plus the fact that you don't have to use a scanner to get pictures onto a computer. But I like film and I still have a Canon EOS 500 and an Olympus OMG that I still regularly shoot film with. It has a lot of charm as a hobby, but I certainly wouldn't want to shoot everything that way.

rockcity
Jan 16, 2004


lazer_chicken posted:

The cool thing about laserdisc is that, up until the dvd release that contained the original theatrical versions, the laserdisc versions of the original star wars trilogy were regarded as the best. I'm sure true star wars fans have some argument that it's still the best.


Original content: for me, it's film cameras. It wasn't that film didn't get good results. I really don't want to start a film vs. digital war here, but it wasn't until recently that digital cameras really matched the capability of a good 35mm camera, and digital is still miles away from matching medium format film. Of course the ease of use of digital is awesome, plus the fact that you don't have to use a scanner to get pictures onto a computer. But I like film and I still have a Canon EOS 500 and an Olympus OMG that I still regularly shoot film with. It has a lot of charm as a hobby, but I certainly wouldn't want to shoot everything that way.

To add to that, slide film. It was awkward and not practical for regular use, but I'll be damned if I haven't seen gorgeous photos done on it. I scuba dive and one of the members of my dive club recently brought in slides from the time he spent diving in the Red Sea about 15 years ago and the photos he took were gorgeous.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

Proudly supporting vanilla legends 1994-2014


ChlamydiaJones posted:

The best disk that I had though was "Urgh! a music war" which didn't even make it to youtube until like 5 years ago. ALL of the VHS copies were pirated from the CED due to problems with licensing and copyright since the movie was exclusively released to CED (which then failed). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urgh!_A_Music_War . Also neither the LPs nor the DVD release in 2006 include Invisible Sex – "Valium" so the ONLY place you can find that one is pirated from CED.

Warner Archive burn it to order with Valium on the disc. The only missing track is the cover of Two Little Boys by Splodgenessabounds.

I also now find myself really wanting this disc, but Warner only make it to order and only ship to the US. Obsolete and failed? Try their business model.

RandomFerret
Apr 18, 2008

WHAT IS A JUGGALO?
A HULKAMANIAC

HE POWERBOMBS MOTHERFUCKERS INTO THUMBTACKS


lazer_chicken posted:

The cool thing about laserdisc is that, up until the dvd release that contained the original theatrical versions, the laserdisc versions of the original star wars trilogy were regarded as the best. I'm sure true star wars fans have some argument that it's still the best.

Well, considering the DVD version is just a straight transfer of the LD release but with the aforementioned loss in audio quality from dolby 2.0 compression, the laserdisc version really is still the best.



There's just something about the design of really ancient portable computers that I like. The rugged, industrial pragmatic design coupled with the old monogreen monitor makes me think of NASA rocket scientists smoking cigarettes in shirtsleeves.

Or John Cleese talking a bunch of nonsense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlmzwZXa-Ww

marijuanamancer
Sep 11, 2001

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS




Nobody ever seems to know about the device which made the Zip drive obsolete overnight. From the badass inventors at 3M, the LS-120 replaced your 3.5 inch floppy drive, allowing the use of 120 mb floppies as well as normal floppies. More reliable, faster, cheaper, and all around better at everything than the Zip drive. I would still have one if there was a reason to use them.

Dickweasel Alpha
Feb 8, 2011

Mod Secrets #614 - Experto Crede is the one who bought most of those frog avatars


Landerig posted:

Oh yeah, a 21" Trinitron. Desk buster is very appropriate.

I once lugged home a free 32" Sony Trinitron, by myself. (Free to anyone who could lift it) Beautiful picture but it sat for 3 weeks on my living room floor before I decided to just sell it. I mean I could have reinforced the TV stand with 4x4's, or maybe just built a new one out of reinforced concrete, but I decided to let it go to a new home, where it probably still sits like the living room monolith.

gently caress. Trinitrons.

I'll put this in perspective: I work for a moving company, and we charge a step fee for items that go up or down stairs which we have deemed "unnecessarily cumbersome" (IE: We loving Hate These Things)

There are only four things on this list.

Pianos.
Vending machines.
(Large) Gun safes.

and loving Trinitrons.

We once moved a 40-some-odd-inch Trinitron TV up two flights of stairs. It took three guys to do it, two on the bottom to provide support and the one on top to lift and guide. China hutches, entertainment centers, sofas, beds, desks, you name it, the majority of them we lift with two people. But Trinitrons get three.

My mom and dad still own one and keep it in their attic, and I think as a birthday present I'm going to ask if I can put an axe through it and toss it off our roof.

If you ever need to move to a new place, and you own one, I highly suggest you do the same

Landerig
Oct 27, 2008

by Fistgrrl


FrancisYorkPatty posted:


My mom and dad still own one and keep it in their attic

I have to ask, how the hell did they get it into their attic? Did they use a winch?


For obsolete computer parts, I'd have to go with the Intel Celeron 300a which I believe is the one they added the cache to. Highly overclockable and because the cache ran at the same speed as the CPU, it could rival or beat its more expensive Pentium II brothers.

I had a slot 1 motherboard for years. Through the use of a slocket I got it to accept late model Pentium 3's. That board could run on anything from a lowly Celeron to the Tualatin P3's with the right slocket.

Dickweasel Alpha
Feb 8, 2011

Mod Secrets #614 - Experto Crede is the one who bought most of those frog avatars


Landerig posted:

I have to ask, how the hell did they get it into their attic? Did they use a winch?

FrancisYorkPatty posted:

I work for a moving company

hyperhazard
Dec 4, 2011

I am the one lascivious
With magic potion niveous

You know what I really miss about old Game Boys? This fucker right here:



No backlight on the Game Boy meant that you couldn't see anything unless you were sitting in a well-lit place. God help you if you were in the back seat of a car on a cloudy day.

In theory, wormlights acted as flashlights, illuminating your screen. In reality, they looked like this:



When the Game Boy Advanced came out with the bright LCD screen, it blew my mind. If you ever feel the need to play a game that's both under- and over-exposed, though, I recommend the wormlight.

ChlamydiaJones
Sep 27, 2002

My Estonian riding instructor told me; "Mine munni ahvi türa imeja", and I live by that every day!

Ramrod XTreme

Jedit posted:

Warner Archive burn it to order with Valium on the disc. The only missing track is the cover of Two Little Boys by Splodgenessabounds.

I also now find myself really wanting this disc, but Warner only make it to order and only ship to the US. Obsolete and failed? Try their business model.

I think that all of the footage is on youtube at this point.

To contribute;

BFG Tech BFGRPHYSX128P PhysX Processing Unit 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Physics Card

Damned if that card didn't become obsolete fast!

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


decrypt key posted:



Nobody ever seems to know about the device which made the Zip drive obsolete overnight. From the badass inventors at 3M, the LS-120 replaced your 3.5 inch floppy drive, allowing the use of 120 mb floppies as well as normal floppies. More reliable, faster, cheaper, and all around better at everything than the Zip drive. I would still have one if there was a reason to use them.

I think the problem is that CD-Rs and CD burners coming down in price and up in reliability made THIS obsolete overnight. Who cares about 120 MB when a CD gives you 640?

Still a cool product, though.

m2pt5
May 18, 2005

THAT GOD DAMN MOSQUITO JUST KEEPS COMING BACK


hyperhazard posted:

When the Game Boy Advance came out with the bright LCD screen, it blew my mind. If you ever feel the need to play a game that's both under- and over-exposed, though, I recommend the wormlight.

Sadly, it wasn't the first GBA that had the lit screen, unless you count the Afterburner mod. There was a regular Worm Light for the GBA, as well as an upgraded model with a link cable pass-through. The first Nintendo handheld widely available outside of Japan with a lit screen was the Game Boy Advance SP. (I say "outside of Japan" because the short-lived Game Boy Light was actually the first.) Even then, the earlier models of SP were actually front-lit; it wasn't until a later model (after the DS's release) that a back-lit one came out.

m2pt5 has a new favorite as of 22:16 on Jul 13, 2012

mystes
May 31, 2006



DrBouvenstein posted:

I think the problem is that CD-Rs and CD burners coming down in price and up in reliability made THIS obsolete overnight. Who cares about 120 MB when a CD gives you 640?
Yeah, didn't the LS-120 come out around 1998? By that time 100MB wasn't very useful for actual storage space or backups. I had had a parallel port zip drive (they were incredibly slow but 100MB was absolutely incredible when I first got one) and then an IDE zip drive for a while, but by that point I already had a cable modem and my computers were networked, so there wasn't any point using them to transfer files between computers either. I think I got my first CD-R drive in 1999, for only like $200 or something. It happened to be an Iomega brand one, and I already thought zip drives were such ancient history that I found this amusing, although I probably hadn't bothered to remove the IDE zip drive from my computer.

Floppy drives had been such a joke for anything except emergency booting (and of course CD-R's mostly eliminated that, at least for people who could figure out how to make bootable CD's, which probably includes everyone who would even be interested in an LS-120 drive) that I can't imagine having wanted to buy a new drive equivalent to a zip drive just because I could use floppies in the same drive (most cases still had space for 2 floppy drives then, anyway).


hyperhazard posted:

You know what I really miss about old Game Boys? This fucker right here:



No backlight on the Game Boy meant that you couldn't see anything unless you were sitting in a well-lit place. God help you if you were in the back seat of a car on a cloudy day.

In theory, wormlights acted as flashlights, illuminating your screen. In reality, they looked like this:



When the Game Boy Advanced came out with the bright LCD screen, it blew my mind. If you ever feel the need to play a game that's both under- and over-exposed, though, I recommend the wormlight.
For my original Game Boy I had a light that was a sort of rectangle that slid down over the screen, but I can't find a picture of it now. It probably wasn't any better than the wormlight design in terms of glare.

Edit: I think it was the middle one in this image:

mystes has a new favorite as of 22:55 on Jul 13, 2012

E the Shaggy
Mar 29, 2010


The future of gaming is cramming all new systems into slots in your old systems!

amishbuttermaster
Apr 28, 2009


I think it was actually in this fine machine right here:



Which featured incredible classics like this game:

particle409
Jan 15, 2008

Thou bootless clapper-clawed varlot!


Royal W posted:

I sprung $250 for a Minidisk player in 2001-02. It was badass because it came with a remote!



the downside was that I had to record to the MDs like the cassettes of old, playing the whole CD with the MD player on record; then adding the track breaks after the fact!

Nothing will beat the look of minidiscs. When you open the player, and the disc pops out a little bit. I remember being amazed at the quality and convenience, after recording a bunch of friends and myself playing lovely songs.


I had a zip disc full of porn images. I remember thinking I should erase it, but by that time I didn't have a zip drive, nor did anybody else. The disc had a college application essay on it as well, but I couldn't even be bothered to destroy it.

particle409 has a new favorite as of 23:16 on Jul 13, 2012

Oppenheimer
Dec 26, 2011

by Smythe


E the Shaggy posted:

The future of gaming is cramming all new systems into slots in your old systems!



I have this fantasy of stacking those attachments like 10 high with a Sega CD on top.


Edit: vvvvv that thing looks like a loving vacuum cleaner or a lawnmower. With the legs as a bag. But yes that will satisfy me.

Oppenheimer has a new favorite as of 23:25 on Jul 13, 2012

Debunk This!
Apr 12, 2011




Oppenheimer posted:

I have this fantasy of stacking those attachments like 10 high with a Sega CD on top.

Like this?

brain739
Aug 16, 2007

fuck on the floor and break shit


rockcity posted:

I'm getting neck pain just looking at it. We owned one and I couldn't play that thing for more than like 15 minutes without getting the worst neck cramps, no matter how I adjusted the stand or how I was sitting/laying.

the only way i ever managed to play this without fusing my entire spinal column was by placing it on the floor, stand removed, and laying facedown on it like a stupid sweaty corpse. I'll admit to liking this system and my tearful disappointment at the lack of cool games, but i didn't like it enough to keep from selling it at a garage sale a few years later.

redmercer posted:

Secondly, look at this thing:


There's an hour of video on there, per side. Considering that disc is supposed to be physically read with a stylus, and that disc rotates at 450 RPM (500 for PAL) and I for one consider it a minor miracle that the things even worked to begin with.

I came to this thread specifically because i knew someone would post this and i couldn't remember what they were called for the life of me. To anyone that grew up with these, if you ever have to explain what they were to someone that never used them, good luck trying to convince them you're not just talking about laserdiscs. i have had exactly zero success with that.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Photo_System

cool-ish idea and i bought into it hard. i had a badass underwater camera that took this film and i still have several of the crappy photos is took. one of the coolest things about it was that you could take out a roll of film halfway through using it and put in another if you needed to use a different iso speed or wanted to switch to black and white or something and it wouldn't ruin your film. however, anyone that was that interested in those features probably wasn't that into the rather basic cameras that took this film. still, i loved that it had built-in frame selectors so you could take panoramic, large frame, and standard sized pictures.

i miss you, kodak advantix.

(USER WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR THIS POST)

Mister Mind
Mar 20, 2009

I'm not a real doctor,
But I am a real worm;
I am an actual worm


RandomFerret posted:




There's just something about the design of really ancient portable computers that I like. The rugged, industrial pragmatic design coupled with the old monogreen monitor makes me think of NASA rocket scientists smoking cigarettes in shirtsleeves.


A Compaq portable was the third computer my dad bought, and the one I used to write most of my high school reports.

This magnificent son of a bitch was our second computer.



And our first?


(Dad spent the extra bucks to upgrade from 1KB RAM to motherfucking 16KB!!!)

lazer_chicken
May 14, 2009

PEW PEW ZAP ZAP


I love that genesis tower pic. The sad thing is it's not far off from being functional. I think all you'd need to do is take out the cleaning adapter and whatever that thing is on top of the 32x and it would work.

Hungry Computer
Nov 12, 2008




College Slice

lazer_chicken posted:

I love that genesis tower pic. The sad thing is it's not far off from being functional. I think all you'd need to do is take out the cleaning adapter and whatever that thing is on top of the 32x and it would work.


That 'thing' is the Power Base Converter. You'd never guess from the name, but it lets you play Master System games on the Genesis. The thing is so big because it actually is a Master System that interfaces with the Genesis' controller ports and video-out.

It was actually designed for a Model 1 Genesis not the Model 2 in that pic, which is why it looks so out of place. I'm surprised the system cleaner even fits in the slot.

Edit: The only way that tower could be improved is if they stacked a model 2 Genesis on a Model 1 CD:

Hungry Computer has a new favorite as of 00:02 on Jul 14, 2012

Mister Mind
Mar 20, 2009

I'm not a real doctor,
But I am a real worm;
I am an actual worm


Here's a fun obsolete music player I bought ten years ago on clearance:
http://www.geek.com/hwswrev/conel/mp3watch/index.htm



32 megabytes of mp3s, in a wristwatch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8aBP4oMFek

Eclipse12
Feb 20, 2008





Got a Sony Mavica digital camera for Christmas back in 2001. Digital cameras were still extremely uncommon at this time; they were too awful to use for real photography, and too expensive to buy for casual family pictures. I'm pretty sure it cost at least a few hundred dollars. But at the time, the Mavica was a marvel of function at that price, even without any real purpose.

The specs of this bad boy:
-1.3 megapixel quality. This allowed for pixelated, grainy 640x480 images of over 50kb in size!

-No viewfinder. You stared at an ugly 2.5" screen and hoped for the best. The screen image lagged behind whatever you were actually pointing at, so taking photos of moving objects was a guessing game.

-Terrible light sensors. If you turn the flash off, the image is dark and blurry. And you had to use the flash if the subject wasn't being illuminated by a minimum of a police searchlight. Since that wasn't likely, for every picture, even in broad daylight, the flash would explode like a supernova, leaving your image glowing, with glare reflecting off any surface that's even slightly smooth.

-Floppy disk storage! This thing was a beast. You loaded a 3.5" floppy into it and got all that 1mb+ of storage to play with. Take a few seconds of video, even!

-Lithium rechargeable battery. After powering the LCD screen, flash, photo, and storage, it was likely to run out of juice after a couple dozen photos.

-Cool photo effects! Sepia! Black and White! Um... Blurry! Sepia!


Good For:
-People who are bad at photography. You could take a bunch of pictures and only print/keep the good ones.

-People who want to take pictures of stuff that's really, really pointless but don't want to pay for normal film development.

-People with nice printers and high quality photo paper. This wasn't me. Of course, even with nice printing abilities, the pictures would still be low-res as hell.

-People who wanted to take embarassing/pornographic photos without the guy at Rite-Aid judging you.

Bad For:
-Almost everything else.

Landerig
Oct 27, 2008

by Fistgrrl


E the Shaggy posted:

The future of gaming is cramming all new systems into slots in your old systems!



The SVP.

The road Sega didn't take. What if instead of the 32X they had made an SVP adapter, a one time $100 purchase that allowed you to play SVP enabled Genesis games?

Painful Dart Bomb
May 22, 2012

And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew he'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad" "You know I'm gonna be like you".

Game Gear? Pshyeah, who needs that crap when you've got...

Barcode Battler



Wow this is SO rad! I can take barcodes from around the house and create monsters that fight to the death? AWESOME! Wait....it's just a bunch of numbers? This sucks rear end. Mom, I want a Game Gear!

The commercials made it look like all these monster would come alive and start fighting on your kitchen table. I remember being incredibly disappointed when I saw what it actually did.

b0nes
Sep 11, 2001


Eclipse12 posted:



Got a Sony Mavica digital camera for Christmas back in 2001. Digital cameras were still extremely uncommon at this time; they were too awful to use for real photography, and too expensive to buy for casual family pictures. I'm pretty sure it cost at least a few hundred dollars. But at the time, the Mavica was a marvel of function at that price, even without any real purpose.

The specs of this bad boy:
-1.3 megapixel quality. This allowed for pixelated, grainy 640x480 images of over 50kb in size!

-No viewfinder. You stared at an ugly 2.5" screen and hoped for the best. The screen image lagged behind whatever you were actually pointing at, so taking photos of moving objects was a guessing game.

-Terrible light sensors. If you turn the flash off, the image is dark and blurry. And you had to use the flash if the subject wasn't being illuminated by a minimum of a police searchlight. Since that wasn't likely, for every picture, even in broad daylight, the flash would explode like a supernova, leaving your image glowing, with glare reflecting off any surface that's even slightly smooth.

-Floppy disk storage! This thing was a beast. You loaded a 3.5" floppy into it and got all that 1mb+ of storage to play with. Take a few seconds of video, even!

-Lithium rechargeable battery. After powering the LCD screen, flash, photo, and storage, it was likely to run out of juice after a couple dozen photos.

-Cool photo effects! Sepia! Black and White! Um... Blurry! Sepia!


Good For:
-People who are bad at photography. You could take a bunch of pictures and only print/keep the good ones.

-People who want to take pictures of stuff that's really, really pointless but don't want to pay for normal film development.

-People with nice printers and high quality photo paper. This wasn't me. Of course, even with nice printing abilities, the pictures would still be low-res as hell.

-People who wanted to take embarassing/pornographic photos without the guy at Rite-Aid judging you.

Bad For:
-Almost everything else.

I used to work for Fedex, they still use these for ID photos.

b0nes
Sep 11, 2001


amishbuttermaster posted:



This old Akai SCSI hard drive recorder (and Casio hardware sampler and synth beneath it):



Here's a couple hardware MIDI sequencers:


While all of these can fill some specific niches they've been replaced with the functionality that a modern DAW and VSTs provides.
I want one of these so bad. I had a Casio CZ230S back in the day, and I losted over the "professional" FZ series. One day.

Rhymenoserous
May 23, 2008


Dusseldorf posted:

Zip drives weren't a failed technology. They were pretty widespread and In the days before CD burners the were by far the best way to transfer files and are still useful on old computers that aren't connected to a network.

Jaz drives are what you're looking for.

I think you have this backwards <click click click click click>

Kaboom Dragoon
May 7, 2010

The greatest of feasts




Behold: The Sega Megazord!


Painful Dart Bomb posted:

Game Gear? Pshyeah, who needs that crap when you've got...

Barcode Battler



Wow this is SO rad! I can take barcodes from around the house and create monsters that fight to the death? AWESOME! Wait....it's just a bunch of numbers? This sucks rear end. Mom, I want a Game Gear!

The commercials made it look like all these monster would come alive and start fighting on your kitchen table. I remember being incredibly disappointed when I saw what it actually did.

I got one for Xmas when I was a kid. Wound up buying one off ebay a couple of years back and wondered how I could be so dumb to ask for something like this and not wind up choking to death on my cereal or something. And didn't it take four or six AA batteries? I still have it, but gently caress digging it out.

Rhymenoserous
May 23, 2008


FrancisYorkPatty posted:

If you ever need to move to a new place, and you own one, I highly suggest you do the same

gently caress that, it comes with the house.

b0nes
Sep 11, 2001


Silicon Graphics graphics workstations and supercomputers.

Practically any movie that came out in the 80's or 90's and used any kind of special effects was probably made on an SGI machine. They costs thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars back in the day, and were serious investments for studios like Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilm.
But the computing age and things getting dramatically cheaper, plus the ongoing use of cheap Intel and AMD processor farms for rendering quickly made these obsolete. SGI filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, but they are still around. I think they got bought by Cray.

amishbuttermaster
Apr 28, 2009


b0nes posted:

I want one of these so bad. I had a Casio CZ230S back in the day, and I losted over the "professional" FZ series. One day.

This was a $100 impulse buy for me. The idea was that I was going to sample phrases of my stuff, downsample it and then rerecord it back into a song. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of character in the A/D converters so I never bothered. This does have a couple of other neat features that I also never got around to using namely subtractive and additive synthesis. You can also use something you've sampled as a waveform. These are programmed by assigning values from 1 to 100 on the smallish LCD screen.

Edit: Speaking of that synth you mentioned, I also have a CZ-101 that I got at Goodwill for $10.

amishbuttermaster has a new favorite as of 01:02 on Jul 14, 2012

Babatarsky
Dec 17, 2008


Zasraik posted:

The beeper.



Not a failure, just obsolete.

Every kid these days has a smart phone and a laptop but I remember when you could tell the swag girls from the powhitetrash by beeper ownership.

"Someone is trying to call me!"

I still use a beeper for my IT job at a hospital. It receives email!
Allot of the clinical staff use them as well.

Oh yeah I am loving this thread.

Landerig
Oct 27, 2008

by Fistgrrl


FrancisYorkPatty posted:

gently caress. Trinitrons.

b0nes posted:

Silicon Graphics graphics workstations and supercomputers.

Practically any movie that came out in the 80's or 90's and used any kind of special effects was probably made on an SGI machine. They costs thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars back in the day, and were serious investments for studios like Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilm.
But the computing age and things getting dramatically cheaper, plus the ongoing use of cheap Intel and AMD processor farms for rendering quickly made these obsolete. SGI filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, but they are still around. I think they got bought by Cray.

♫ We gotta move these refrigerators. We got to move these color TV's

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RandomFerret
Apr 18, 2008

WHAT IS A JUGGALO?
A HULKAMANIAC

HE POWERBOMBS MOTHERFUCKERS INTO THUMBTACKS


And to think, the company that made that went on to make ReBoot.

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