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UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Oh you kids with your "old" Creative Zens... I wish I had one of those.

64mb Samsung Yepp



Samsung has recently been a force in the mobile/music market but they weren't when this was made and for about 10 years after. Apparently Yepp is still a brand but they look exactly like iphones now.

Listened to it in the car with the old cassette adapter. These would break every few months



Couldn't use those fm adapters because there isn't a single "empty" radio station where I live.

When I bought my latest car, an aux port was a must.

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UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Zombie Rasputin posted:

How's support for the magic trackpad on non-osx OSes? I'd say give that a try.

For content:
The HP Jornada 720 (Or 'Handheld PCs' in general)


I wanted one so bad when I was in middle school. I would always go play with them in Best Buy and dream about one day having the money to afford such a small computer. Years later I got my first job and bought one off ebay for ~$200. This is still pre-smartphone proliferation, btw. I installed doom, but the screen ghosting made it unplayable, so I used it as the most awkward mp3 player ever. Also, if you let the battery die, it would resort to its' backup battery (a CR2032) to keep its' memory. Leave it dead for too long and you'd have a completely factory resetted device and a bunch of warnings about your dead backup battery. It's still sitting in my room.

I had this e90 imported for about $1,000 back when I actually had money



Looks like this when folded up



The hardware was fantastic. Battery life and call quality were better than my current iphone 4. The OS (Symbian) was awful though. Couldn't even keep a steady wifi connection and the GPS didn't work at all.

It was huge but I have enormous hands so it worked for me. Hated the "make phones as small as possible" trend that was going on when that came out.

PS Also a member of the "thinkpad is awesome" club. My new model lenovo is the best laptop I've ever used.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




re: cassette adapters, mine would always crap out on one side within a few months. I must've bought at least 10. I'm sure driving a 1991 Dodge Spirit had something to do with it.

D C posted:

I'm sure a lot of people forget that iTunes was around pre-iPhone.

Not really, there was a ~6 year gap between iPod and iPhone. I never owned an iPod but bought a phone that could play mp3s, and so many people could't grasp the concept of playing songs from your phone. I remember being one of the few people on the bus with only one device in my hand.

Although Nokia hadn't thought of common sense features like having the mp3 player stop playing when the phone rang...

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UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Bhodi posted:

Your Dad's? Okay, now I feel old.

You don't know how good you've got it. Look how streamlined it is compared to the one I have! You've got curved buttons, the entire thing is ergonomic!



The funny thing? I think both of these have greater or at least equivalent functionality than the TI-XX of today. Because anything more would be 'cheating'. Can't let those kids automatically solve for X!

Seeing these two posts made me realize I don't even know what a modern calculator looks like. Found this in my desk drawer:



The weird thing is it's apparently an original 1976 model BA II Plus, and I'm not that old. :/ I think it's one that I "borrowed" from high school when I lost mine in the early 90s and never returned.

Of course, now you can just download a BA II Plus iphone app.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Fozaldo posted:

You mean 1986 ? There were no lcd calcs in 76

I got that year from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_...usiness_Analyst

The photo caption of the same calculator says 1976, but the article says the first LCD was 1978. So... I have no idea.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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melon cat posted:

Good God. I remember Palm Pilots so clearly. One of my super smug classmates in high school got one, and wouldn't stop showing everyone his new toy. I never understood the hype behind Palm Pilots, and I remember asking him, "So... what does it do aside from keep your class schedule?"

His answer: "The question you should be asking is what doesn't it, do.

I wonder which landfill its sitting in, right now.

I was fascinated by Palm Pilots but settled on a Nokia e62 instead (imported, since at the time Canada was very slow to release phones).



My co-workers were amazed that I could just hang out and surf the internet while at work, without a computer. Then iphone came out shortly after and no one thought I was cool anymore.

Now the idea of not having internet at a boring job is considered cruel and unusual punishment. And my phone has a faster internet connection than my PC.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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I wouldn't call those 90s desks. It's only recently that non-students have warmed up to the idea of having no desktop PC at all.

I still have this set up, though I've upgraded everything since the photo, including a 1920x1080 monitor that is as wide as the desk. My new color laser printer won't fit where it's supposed to, so I have a paper shredder there instead.



As long as I can see the TV I prefer this set up to laptop only. I only use my laptop at work, or when my wife is hogging the PC. We bought the desk in 2005 and are very happy with it.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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For some reason I thought it'd be a good idea to get 300 cheques when I opened my bank account in 1996. I still have about 150 left. They have an aerial shot of my city's skyline in the background when it was about half the size as it is now, and my parent's old address in the corner.

I'm not sure how other banks work, but I can select virtually any company from the bank web site and send them a payment after entering my account number or whatever it asks for to identify me. It's rare for me to even need a secondary online service, let alone cheques.

edit: On that note, other paleo-goons may remember having to install a program via floppy disk before you could do online banking. And even then you could only check your balance at first. I don't know anyone besides me who even tried it.

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May 18, 2008

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My dad is so paranoid about glow in the dark stuff that he'd throw away anything I got that glowed. Is it no longer harmful?

Ironically he still got cancer on his nose thanks to the good ol' sun.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Christoph posted:

The Fighter Stick



I would play every game on this if I could, but sadly it's only for the SNES. It still works like magic, even though me and my brother must've run through half a dozen of the original controllers- this thing outlasted them all. It's taken a lot of abuse, but has a lot of solid metal parts and is pretty heavy. It's the World War II-era furniture of the off-brand video game controller world.

Never could figure out what that little slider thing in the bottom middle was for, though.

I had that too but completely forgot about it. Didn't love it as much as you. The slider controlled the rate of turbo (and maybe slow mo as the poster above said, but I forget).

On a similar note, this was my joystick of choice for Commodore 64.



I always thought it was a better/more comfortable design than the NES gamepad. Even had a trigger button under your index finger, which wasn't seen again for decades.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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I don't even know what a hands crossed grip is. That epyx set up was very natural to me.

But I also liked the original xbox controller and am one of those weirdos who uses both my middle and index fingers on modern controller triggers. And chose the Sega Saturn over the PS1 due to the superior controller



I was trying to find a really weird C64 controller I had, but I can't even find a pic of it. Was shaped roughly like a boomerang, with full hand grips on each side and an NES style four-direction pad in the middle, perpendicular to the usual side the direction pad is on. Horrible to use, but sure looked futuristic to me at the time.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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I hang-dry my work clothes inside because I live in the Pacific northwest and they'd get wetter if I tried to hang them outside (also stolen since I live in the city). Dryers wreck clothes fast.

This is the first time I've heard of gas dryers too. My city has plentiful cheap hydroelectric power from nearby dams, and nearly the whole city was built post-1960s, so everything tends to be electric.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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I used to work in a casino where the process to get in the vault was pretty impressive. PIN on the first door, swipe card on second door, hand print reader to access a key, radio surveillance to open third door remotely, radio another person inside the vault to open from the inside, then you and the vault person use two keys and another PIN to access the vault within the vault where the money is kept.

Despite all our fancy technology, the most effective measure was to involve several separated groups of people to avoid any potential conspiracy. Surveillance wasn't even in the same building.

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UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




Jedit posted:

There would probably be someone in there 24/7 from the sealing of the vault. The guy inside comes out when his shift ends and the next guy on shift goes in.

Correct, the vault is never empty. The whole casino is open 24/7.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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mystes posted:

What if the building had to be evacuated for some reason, or the person inside had some sort of medical problem? (Incredibly unlikely, I'm sure, but still.)

I dunno, I wasn't the sucker who had to stay in the vault. But there were cameras everywhere in there. I got written up for closing my eyes for three seconds while waiting for the vault person. It would be a very good place to have a heart attack, really.

On a related note, a surveillance guy went "Hey _____!" to me years later on the train. I had never seen him before in my life, but he had watched me for 10 hours every day.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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The building was originally part of Expo 86, and wasn't converted into a casino until 2003 or so, so that would've been a long wait for the first guy.

Speaking of Expo 86, and to get back on subject, you don't see good McDonald's boat restaurants anymore.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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That's the Vancouver Expo 86 one I just posted about, and it's still floating in that same Pacific ocean inlet to this day.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Bertrand Hustle posted:

My first desktop had a 2 GB hard drive. I was ridiculously proud of that. It was top of the line. Now I have a 2 TB external HDD sitting on my desk that probably cost me less than the 2 GB would have at the time.

I remember a group of about six kids going to a friend's house because his dad just bought a 100mhz Pentium computer in the early 90s. "Pentium" was a huge loving deal even if we didn't know what it meant. And we were just regular guys, not what you would call computer nerds. We spent most of our time playing hockey (another obsolete thing ).

And my dad, who is a big computer nerd, told me he'd never need another hard drive again after buying a 1gig one before most people had even heard of gigabytes.

To be fair, I still don't know how people manage to jam so much stuff on their drives. I've got 700GB of 1TB free right now.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




Zereth posted:

The latest car I've used doesn't even have the lighter part, and labels the socket as being for power.

Same with my 2011 Mazda 2. Complete with an aux port right beside it for audio.

GPS technology still amazes me. I drove to a part of town that I get lost in every time with my Samsung GS3 navigation yesterday and it was pinpoint accurate the entire trip. Even helped me cross a bridge I didn't even know existed to save five minutes.

Just wish I could use my data plan in the US without racking up four figure bills. I don't usually need it anywhere I can drive in Canada.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




Ninja Toast! posted:

I have an iPhone 4 and a new garmin with traffic, the garmin blows phone GPS out of the water, and the traffic thing is easily the coolest part. Oh, hey, looks like there's an accident 5 minutes up the road, lets swing around this way and save you 10 minutes. Thanks, computer bro! Plus it will actually last a whole trip on battery if you want it to for whatever reason.


Only thing that works better on the phones occasionally is finding addresses in a few awkward rural areas. That depends on what app you're using of course.

I do use the phone one still when on foot and looking for something, but that's mostly because I have it already.

My phone GPS accounts for traffic too. Shows red/yellow/green depending on severity and avoids red areas if possible (not possible here).

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




dougie posted:

We did spend ages trying to tune this thing in though..


I got that TV tuner despite living in a place where there was one over-the-air channel at best, and only when it was not raining - which is not very often. Didn't know how TV worked at the time.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




An HDTV in 2006 made you an early adopter rather than a "poor" didn't it? edit: unless you're counting 480p as HDTV?

I got an HDTV for the launch of the xbox 360 and that was before I could even get HD channels in my area (without satellite). I was the first HDTV owner of anyone I knew. I was also installing high end home theatre for a living at the time... although this is in Canada and we can lag a bit behind sometimes.

My first HDTV was a lovely "semi flat" thing that weighed about 200lbs. I ended up returning it and trying another one about three times since the picture quality at Best Buy was very different from what I saw on my non-HD cable. Visa called me up to ask what the hell was going on.

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May 18, 2008

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My family moved to New Zealand out of fear of nuclear war. It was considered inevitable by a lot of people at the time.

And to tie it all together, it was easy for my dad to transfer there because he worked for a large computer company most people under 30 probably have never heard of: Wang. It was destroyed by IBM and its wacky new invention called "personal computers."



"At its peak in the 1980s, Wang Laboratories had annual revenues of $3 billion and employed over 33,000 people." - wikipedia

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Athenry posted:

On a similar note. I learned to type on one of these:


A typewriter with enough in it to also do word processing through the attached monitor. You could type out whatever, then load the paper and it would print it using the typewriter's daisy wheel. I would always stay up late writing my homework then couldn't print it because the thing was loud as hell. Almost always remembered to print it before school.

My high school's keyboarding class still used these as of 1997, without the monitor. We also had to re-use bubble sheets for tests, erasing the previous users' answers and hoping it didn't read incorrectly. Horribly under-funded.

I'm guessing bubble sheets are obsolete too now? As are keyboarding classes?

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Cream-of-Plenty posted:

What would "bubble sheets" like Scantrons even have been replaced with? It's shocking that, for as ubiquitous a technology as it is, anybody would think it's gone/replaced.

Shocking, really? I haven't had a multiple choice test in school since 1997, I assumed something had taken its place.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Cream-of-Plenty posted:

Yeah, I still think it's really surprising. I mean, if anything, schools have consumed more Scantron-style materials since 1997, what with all the emphasis on standardized testing (at least in the United States). Even outside of a school environment, that whole "bubble in" technology is used on a lot of government forms and for various applications, to help eliminate errors. Beyond JediTalentAgent's post, I'm not sure why anybody would think they'd been replaced with anything. They require paper and #2 lead. They are the cheapest, fastest thing available to public schools and government departments. Maybe everybody just remembers them from highschool and college and figures they disappeared with [expensive new technology here] after they graduated?

It just seems so ancient. I worked at a university until 2010 and it wasa lot more high tech than my high school. No chalkboards (replaced by rarely-used whiteboards), no lovely CRT tvs and VCRs on stands (projectors hooked up to the prof's computer), etc. People barely used paper since every student brought a laptop and USB drives and hooked up to 50mb/s school wifi.

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May 18, 2008

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Code Jockey posted:

Ughhhhhhh this. I had a really awesome monster truck as a kid... which was wired, meaning I had to chase it everywhere. It only had like a 3-4' cord.


This is totally awesome, thanks for the info. I never really knew how engines iced over/caught fire, but this makes total sense.

I had blocked out my RC car phase. They seemed so cool but only ran for about 10 seconds before I flipped it over and 15 minutes before running out of batteries. That didn't stop me from getting half a dozen of them though.

This was my favourite I think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9FpyEpX4Gc

This one predictably disappeared since the closest body of water was the Pacific ocean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd1IBdfL3fs

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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I have an @live.ca (hotmail) account. Was the only place where I could get a good username, and my wife had just changed her last name, so we match. Now I'm unsubscribing from xbox live and planning to get a PS4.

I was invited to gmail beta early and got (my extremely common first name, last name initial)@gmail.com but didn't like it at the time and can't seem to log in anymore.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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two forty posted:

Speaking of Quebec, how about the Big O Olympic stadium in Montreal? Built in the early seventies for the 1976 Olympics, it cost a fortune which was paid for by cigarette excise taxes, but even the heavy smoking French Canadians (c.f. Rene Levesque) didn't pay it off until about five years ago. The centerpiece is an enormous tilted tower which was supposed to be able to lift the fabric roof off the stadium. The roof was poorly made and the system as a whole didn't really work, and after 1992 they never bothered to remove it. Later it served as the home of the Expos, but was apparently not a great stadium to play baseball in.

The CFL team in Montreal chooses to play at McGill university (25k capacity) instead of the Olympic stadium (66k).

Re: Bombardier - they did a great job with my city's rail. Although the latest line by Rotem is better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFDSaRWUya0

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May 18, 2008

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edit: ^heh

a rowdy mullet posted:

Confirming that trolleybuses own; there's a line in front of my house here in Seattle. Metro bought a bunch of hybrid diesel/electric Breda buses back in the 90's for use in our downtown bus tunnel. Once the engines and drivetrains inevitably shat themselves they converted 59 of the Bredas to electric-only trolleybuses. They're surprisingly awesome, much quieter and faster than diesels, I can't understand why they wouldn't want to extend the overhead wire network to more areas or why they aren't more common nationwide

Yep, just a bit farther north we have hybrid trolleybuses that can be separated from the overhead wires in seconds when needed.

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

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May 18, 2008

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I had an ~internet girlfriend~ when we still had dial-up so my dad installed a program similar to net nanny and limited my online time to something like 2 hours per day, before 6pm only. I found a way to make it freeze, which allowed me unlimited access until it fully crashed hours later.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Mescal posted:

Man, digital dashes are like electric can openers. What problem were they trying to solve? And why would you have digital display sans digital information? --There's no fuckin' computers in the older ones. It's worse than the too-cute driver interfaces on full-sized German cars, which at least offer some benefits after you learn them instead of being pointlessly hard to use.

I like my little digital section in the corner. You can change it to show like four different things!



I remember reading a magazine in the 90s that predicted we'd all be using projected HUDs on our front window by now.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Frankston posted:

How does an auto-seatbelt even work?

It goes around the top edge of the side window when you close the door. The side that you usually buckle is always attached.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Plinkey posted:

I still have one of these bad boys laying around:



I'm pretty sure it still works and just needs a battery. I remember when I got it for a birthday or something from the jewelry/watch kiosk in JCPennys or something like that. I was the poo poo at school.

I've got one of these in my drawer. Pre-NES Mario with solar powered graphics!



Anyone know how much they sell for these days? I just realized that's where that "Game and Wario" title came from.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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beyonder posted:

Had way too much money and lots of "want that" moments.

Unfortunately my "too much money/before I met my wife" phase was in the early 2000s so I ended up importing $1,000+ phones like this



Ahead of its time in a lot of ways but Symbian sucked. The GPS never worked.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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ravenkult posted:

What's the most cyberpunk obsolete tech you got?

My dad and I played pitch n' putt golf with William Gibson in the early 90s. He just happened to be in front of us.

Physical activity outside is obsolete now from what I can tell. Also golf.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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WebDog posted:

I kinda miss that computers don't try and look futuristic in some shape or form - usually at the cost of ergonomics and usability. You miss the days when your stereo was completely black with almost no indication of what is going on so you can impress your mates with a remote control!

Everything nowadays is black and silver with piercing blue LED's that need several layers of electrical tape.
Almost every device ends up becoming a form of ambient lighting to guide you around the house at night.
I don't need to turn on the bathroom light, my shaver's LCD display is bright enough to see where I'm pissing.

Yeah just the other night I was thinking about how my living room looks like the old Star Trek bridge in the dark. Luckily, only the modem lights blink though.

I got poo poo on in the PS4 thread for buying a PS4 controller charger with LEDs but the controller itself is one big LED that you point at your TV while trying to watch it. My fingers glow, my TV bezel glows and there's nothing I can do about it.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Boiled Water posted:

But does it work with any language besides american english?

Works with actual English too?

I get the appeal of swype but have a phablet and have been playing console video games since I could sit up so I'm sticking with two thumbs.

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Inspector_666 posted:

I don't know how anybody likes the tiny-rear end keyboards on Blackberry devices. They're such an rear end in a top hat to type on with big hands.

I went with the Nokia e90 instead. It was fantastic and still to this day the best keyboard on a phone. Crappy OS though.

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UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

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Phy posted:

I think my fiancee has figured out that if we ever get a house with wood panelling in the basement she's going to have a fight on her hands to get me to get rid of it. We're already seeing places with deep pile carpet, wood panelling has to come back into fashion sometime.

Yeah even brass bathroom and kitchen fixtures are coming back. If you watch HGTV/house hunters for long enough you see the styles rotating. I predict in about three years everyone will be going "ewwww granite countertops, that's a deal breaker."

My 1975 condo has stucco on the ceiling AND walls in the common areas and it's got asbestos in it so it ain't going anywhere. Can't wait til people stop the anti-popcorn ceiling propaganda.

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