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Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Kharmakazy posted:

Like my palm tungsten t2 with keyboard!


If I had waited a month they released a version with wifi. Everyone thought it was cool as hell that I essentially had a laptop folded up in my shirt pocket though.

I paid $100 of a 64mb sd card for that thing. On the upside, it could play NES games.

My Palm IIIc had a perfectly good keyboard that plugged into it, but then I bought a Tungsten E, and I was forced to use a terrible IR keyboard that never worked properly and whose batteries kept dying.



9999 tetris clones in one!

As for my obsolete hardware, I still have one of these bad boys. Sure, I could do calculations with my phone, but it's all the way in my pocket. My only complaint is that the screen doesn't have a light, so I can't tell time when it's dark.

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Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Holy poo poo, disc 10, how many floppies did it come on?

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Space Gopher posted:

Yes, that's just a sticker, but a lot of processors around the same era actually had an exposed, unprotected die. Athlon XPs were great CPUs, but putting a heatsink on one was nerve-wracking. A bit of pressure on the edge of the exposed silicon, and you could do this to your expensive new processor:



That's a tiny little chip out of a tiny little chip, but it broke the hearts of a thousand careless nerds. Who all proceeded to post about how AMD $UXXXX on early internet forums.

What, really? My first computer that I built was a Socket A, and I somehow managed to not break the die as a clumsy teenager with a vague idea of how computer bits go together, even though I swapped processors/heatsinks in that thing a dozen times.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Manky posted:

Nintendo can have some silly ideas now and then, but drat if they can't make solid hardware while their competitors make consoles that ship with 1 in 8 failure rates. My Gamecube once fell three feet while I was playing Smash Bros. and it was fine. A few months ago a drunk friend peed almost directly into my Wii. It's still fine!

But you want to talk obsolete and failed? The Gameboy Micro. I don't know many other people who've seen or played one in person, so check out this picture for a sense of scale:



Yeah, it's insanely small. It only plays GBA games, no backwards compatibility. Great battery life, easily the best screen of the GBA generation (backlit, instead of the frontlit SP screens), and you could change the faceplates to personalize it. Why was it such a dumb idea, and why did it sell so badly? They decided to release it a year after the Nintendo DS came out.

I had this, and it owned, especially since all the GBA games were massively discounted, and the original DS was enormous.


flippy piss posted:






Why did it take us so loving long to figure this out? Instead of putting the pins on the CPU, and then jamming that into the motherboard, put the pins on the motherboard, and have a metal contraption firmly hold down the pin-less CPU.

I was the pin unbending master back in the day, and revived many processors others have given up on. High pin densities on modern AMD ones got really hard to fix though.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

If I remember correctly, the backlit GBA SPs came out at the same time as the Micro did, so there wasn't really a reason to buy one of those.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Parallel Paraplegic posted:

The Soviets had weird rules about precious metals - if you found some gold thing for instance, even just scrap metal with gold in it, you had to give it to the state (but you got 25% of its value). And if the state took your personal gold collection during an investigation, but you were later acquitted, you got the cost of the gold back but not the gold itself. I wouldn't be surprised if they also had weird export laws that made you declare every single microgram of precious metal you're carrying. If someone wants to look it up here's an old soviet law book I found while googling around that I don't really want to read and couldn't find the answer in cursory searches

Yup, I have my great-grandfather's old watch, and the warranty card mentions how much silver is in it. It's not very much.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

Flash drives will never be obsolete, you can't boot from Dropbox.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

Yes, but it's a pain to set up and you can't do it over wifi. Although it would be cool if you could, especially for tinkering with mobile devices.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

There will still be vital systems controlled by a dusty old box with leaking capacitors and Windows XP.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

The IBM Master the Mainframe contest still suckers young impressionable high schoolers into learning COBOL, so don't feel that old.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Parallel Paraplegic posted:

You totally can, actually. I set up a crafty system back when my grandpa used dialup to use his computer like a gateway and allow me to connect via Wifi so I didn't have to kick him off the computer when I was at his house. It was kinda surreal, connecting via wifi and then loading a page in like 5 minutes.

Actually that brings up another obsolete thing - for years, up until 2003 I think, my dad was so cheap that we were only allowed to use the "free" internet services, you know, like NetZero used to be - you'd get 10 hours (wow!) free per month and then it would cut you off. It would plaster a giant banner ad at the top of your screen (not just your browser) while it was on, and it went down very often, but I still managed to see my first ever porn on that drat connection

I remember NetZero. There was also FunCow, with a much less intrusive banner ad, but they shut down after I used them for a while.

I saw a NetZero ad on TV a few years ago, advertising dial-up "almost as fast as broadband!".

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Dacap posted:

What is the point of a DVD that offers no advantages and won't play in some players? Is it just the novelty of it being small or was their some kind of tiny player designed for these?

It's cheaper to make, I guess? Can't be that much cheaper. Anyway, Factory Direct must have had a giant shipment of those, since they were advertising these things for $2 in their newsletter for ages.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

Optical mice also didn't work on reflective surfaces, like my awesome shiny circuit board mouse pad.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

That's how the Beer Store works, but the provincial LCBO is a normal store.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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HonorableTB posted:

This is old, but the majority of Russian shops that I went into in St Petersburg and Moscow simply wouldn't sell to you if you didn't have cash. Russians are also very titchy about having exact change (or as close as possible) because for some reason, the culture there hates making change for bigger bills. This was something I had to explain over and over to the people that went on my 2nd study abroad trip.

I was born in Russia, and I never experienced this. Cash is definitely very popular, hardly anyone pays with a card, but I never saw any retailer reluctant to make change. Although, when I was in the Caucasus a few years ago, if you are owed a very small amount of change, (under 5 roubles) you get matches or some candy or something instead.

I once got a giant box of matches when a store didn't have any bills under a hundred. There was probably a years' worth in the box, considering we don't even use matches that much.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

My grandparents had one too, might even have also been a Singer. The pedal was, indeed, super fun.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

That reminds me of videos you could get on a GameBoy Advance cartridge. A whole episode of Pokemon for twenty bucks, in the era of affordable portable media players? Wow, what a bargain!

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Manfrompoot posted:

Holy poo poo, they actually released full length movies on it:



This isn't a double pack. It's one cartridge. This has gotta be the biggest GBA cart ever made. The ones with two half-hour TV episodes are around 32MB, so I can only imagine how huge this beast is (for reference, GBA ROM file sizes generally top out at around 16MB).

Interestingly, the GBA Video cartridges wouldn't work on the Gamecube's Game Boy Player attachment, because Nintendo didn't want to be raise the ire of film companies by stealing away their customers.

Oh man, I wonder what kind of resolution/frame rate these things got. I can't imagine this was even remotely watchable.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Inspector_71 posted:

One of our customers uses one of these (minus actual machine) as a computer desk, and whenever I'm over there to fix something I always end up working the pedal the entire time, just spinning that flywheel.

All computer desks should have those, imagine how much exercise us computer nerds would get.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

That predates apps.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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DicktheCat posted:

Everyone is gonna call me pathetic, but this almost made me cry.

I remember going to the theatre as a kid, and sneaking peeks into the projector room, and it was like this amazing world of whirring machines and whizzing film going by at breakneck speeds. I was entirely entrance when that door opened, and several times tried to sneak in.

I feel somehow cheated knowing that when I go to the theatre, it's just a bloody DVD they're playing for me on the projector. Hell, I have a goddamned DVD player. Motherfucker. The only thing is missing is the giant rear end everything.

E: I didn't mean this to be newpage. I'm sorry for lame newpage.

It's not a DVD, it's a fancy hard drive with hardware DRM. I don't think a DVD can get you the huge resolution you would need for a theatre.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

I agree with having the Ctrl key in the corner, if I press it with my pinky, X, C, V, S, D, A, W are all easily accessible with one fingertip, where if I hold Caps Lock, I'd have to bend my finger a whole bunch to use half of those.

I just remapped my Caps Lock to keyboard layout selection. Much more useful.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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kastein posted:

Another AI poster just reminded me:

MCA and EISA expansion buses. Oh, and external L2/L3 cache modules.

My Digital Computers professor insisted that L3 cache wasn't faster than RAM enough to be practical, and no one would ever use it.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Qotile Swirl posted:

Before I got an actual gamepad (), I had something like that. Mine was much simpler thought -- just a stick that sort of latched on to the 5 key on the numpad with a cross to press down on the 2, 4, 6, and 8 keys.

At its best, it performed much worse than pressing the keys by hand. More often it just snapped off when you tried to use it.

I had one of those gamepads, the "arcade stick" you were supposed to screw into the D-pad broke within a few hours.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

I was sad when I found out that those things didn't actually measure frequency, and were just pre-set 7-segment displays.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Well, since we're veering into the field of mechanical engineering, why not look at some hilariously failed tank projects? Namely, spherical tanks! They range from "oh god, why would you ever build this" to "oh god, why did you ever build this". http://tankarchives.blogspot.ca/201...ical-tanks.html





But wait, that's not terrible enough! Why not put an entire attack force inside the tank?



Of course, no one ever built these things. No one but the Germans, that is.





Neither of these possess any armament.

The Central Archives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation contain all sorts of cool stuff that people sent in, like a tank catapult or rocket skis that would very much find a home in this thread.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Armyman25 posted:

Find out if any local police are having a gun buy back and turn it in.

Might want to edit out the pictures you quoted so he doesn't go to jail.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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XBurritoXLogicX posted:

I'll take a small crack at this! I have very limited information, mostly just books in the sale section of bookstores, so I'm no expert.



The Soviets took the idea and ran with it. Enter, the Aerosan!



Yup, it's a propeller powered snowmobile. They also made armoured ones for combat and medical personnel.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pilsner posted:

I'm installing this specialized car dealership software via a VM, originally written to run on a customized UNIX installation... by Germans. Looks like something from a B-movie:



I must have this as the startup screen. On every device.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

I wish I could play my sweet The Police audio cassettes on my smartphone.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Internet Friend posted:



(Future candidate for this thread)

drat, you don't even need a monitor, you can play Tetris right on the keyboard.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Iron Crowned posted:

I'm sure in 10 years, the Nexus 7 tablet I bought a few months ago will seem like a waste of money.

I considered getting into the developer program to get a Blackberry Playbook for free. I feel that it would have been a waste even if I hadn't paid a cent for it.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Oh man, WAP browsing was the best. You mean I can look up product reviews straight from the store? Outrageous!

Of course it was slow and expensive, but wow, what a convenience!

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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leidend posted:

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

I miss my G1, its keyboard was pretty great. Does anyone even make Android phones with keyboards anymore?

As for obsolete tech, I had 13 inch CRT TV with built in VCR (the recording was broken) that I kept around exclusively for House of the Dead 2. Shame those old lightguns don't work anymore.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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XTimmy posted:

Why the necessity to 'pad out space'?

The disk spins at a uniform rate. Therefore, when reading from the outer edges of the disk, the laser covers more space in one revolution, so you can read more data. When burning you can shove something in the inner parts of the CD to push useful data out. Usually it's garbage data, but you could have some fun with it if you really wanted.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

I have never had a problem with those clamp heatsinks, but the Intel sockets are a massive pain in the rear end to put on without taking the motherboard out of the case first.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Gullwing doors always seemed really handy to me, especially when you park a little too close to something. How come they never took off?

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Oh god, I've seen one of those. The cooling fan howled like a banshee, and there was no remote at all.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Pillbug

Rotary phones are the best, dialing a number is super satisfying. Shame they don't work with digital menus and whatnot.

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Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

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Mister Kingdom posted:

And gently caress trying to win radio contests.

Are radio contests still a thing? I can't imagine anyone listening to a radio these days unless they're in a car, and it's not like you're going to be dialing a phone while driving.

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