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Coffee And Pie
Nov 4, 2010

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SC Bracer posted:

Does the Gameboy Advance count as obsolete now?

I bought one in 2002, and it was my first ever console (god I'm young). That thing is heavy as gently caress compared to my DS, and is pretty much built like a tank. I slipped on some water on the floor once, and launched it across the room - still worked just fine. My brother dropped it from the second floor window and the only thing that happened to it was that we lost the bit that covered the batteries. Even after all the abuse I've piled on it, it still works like a charm.

Even the thing's games were durable. My dog tried to eat my Harry Potter game when she was a puppy, and it still played just fine. Despite the huge holes in the plastic casing.

The original DS was pretty durable as well, and I remember a video that showed the Gamecube being abused to an almost comical degree and still working fine.

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Coffee And Pie
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CDs are really useful if you forgot to charge your iPod and don't feel like listening to the radio in your car.

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Coffee And Pie has a new favorite as of 04:09 on Sep 23, 2012

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There were a lot of weird portable video systems for kids in the early 00s that ran off of weird proprietary disks and cartridges, come to think of it.

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Lonely Virgil posted:

Mmmm, cancer flavored.

They put uranium in so many things at the turn of the century. I believe that there was a jock strap leaned with uranium that was supposed to help with erectile dysfunction.

Well it's not really a problem if it falls off, I guess.

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redmercer posted:

Man, I bet things were really terrible until they figured out how to make a condom without any seams.

A condom with the seam in is a counter-productive idea.

Coffee And Pie
Nov 4, 2010

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It looks like a control panel on a 60's sci-fi show, in the best way.

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SniperWoreConverse posted:

Not "obsolete" tech, but at my last job we got a prototype biometric face scanner and we were loving around with it. It worked by comparing the distance between your eyes and mouth or something, but when we entered one guy into the system it assumed his nostrils were his eyes. We laughed about it and never told him -- he had to tilt his head in a wacky-rear end direction to get in the door. As far as I know it's entering production.

I must have problems, because my first thought was "What is someone has an evil twin??"

Coffee And Pie
Nov 4, 2010

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kastein posted:

Please go look up the term "chamber pot".

People used to actually use the safety argument to justify shoving razors into holes in the wall instead of throwing them out. Just as they used to go to the bathroom in a chamber pot and then quite literally whip the contents out the window into the street.

The image of someone throwing toilet water out of the window screaming "GARDY LOO " will never not be funny to me.

Coffee And Pie
Nov 4, 2010

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Krispy Kareem posted:

It may have been a urban legend, but my mom spent 30 years at IBM and said the coke virus, which thanked you for being a loyal customer and popped open the CD drive for a cup holder, caused their IT department so much trouble.

This was a virus? I remember my parents had it on a floppy, I think it was like cokegift.exe or something. That was the funniest poo poo when I was a kid, along with Elf Bowling.

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kastein posted:

As of approx. 2009 there is still one in south station (I think? I can't really remember) in Boston.

I was there last year, it's been replaced with a big, boring, digital display.

Coffee And Pie
Nov 4, 2010

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I was always fond of the glass armonica, actually.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQemvyyJ--g

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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.

I knew I couldn't be the only one with a love for wood paneling, it's very cozy. Add a comfy couch with some garish pattern, and I'm set.

Coffee And Pie
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Krispy Kareem posted:

I found the computer in the newspaper classifieds though. Now that's a whole bucket of obsolete.

You'd be surprised, that's how I found my car a couple years ago.

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I don't get the point of the key not opening the trunk, don't all cars have a release button/lever somewhere for it?

Speaking of cars, do new cars still come with a cigarette lighter/ash tray? I can't imagine much of a need for that nowadays.

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That reminds me, does anyone else remember Cinemania? It was a MS program that was a lot like a proto-IMDB, with pictures and reviews, and even a few video clips, which was a big deal back then.

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Powerful Two-Hander posted:

With a name like the "UNITY SYSTEM" it sounds like a Twilight zone episode where the family become part of the system.

My first thought was "It's a Unity system, I know this!"

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Nov 4, 2010

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I remember having to watch some ancient sex ed video on a 16mm projector in middle school. And I'm not even that old, this was like in the early 00s.

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Shugojin posted:

In all seriousness if you haven't at least seen Wrath of Khan you're missing out on a stupid amount of jokes because that one managed to get really far into pop culture for some reason.

It was a hell of a thing when Spock died.

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Sentient Data posted:

He's not the only one; if you don't remember from the time, Nintendo was giving out free protective gloves to dodge a lawsuit after widespread injuries from it. I tried finding a picture on GIS but had no luck; I remember the ads showing it as being white and fingerless, and I think possibly even more of a triangle shape than an actual "full" fingerless glove

http://news.cnet.com/Nintendo-offer...0_3-237808.html

Googling around lead me to a Reddit thread where someone said this was the one they got:

Coffee And Pie
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I just use something like this: this, I plug the cassette AUX into the jack, and I have a cheap converter for my cigarette lighter that gives me two USB charging ports, so I can power the Bluetooth and (on longer trips) charge my phone. In-car Bluetooth for probably $15 total.

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I was in high school during that weird fuzzy period between floppies (though our computers still had the ports) and flash drives, so we had to write everything to CDs.

Coffee And Pie
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How the hell do you pronounce that, if not just saying the letters?

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ArcMage posted:

The very late PalmOS devices had essentially natural recognition, if, ah, you naturally wrote something like grade school print. Only the Ts and 4s were fussy, really.

I remember my Palm Centro being decent at it. Man, that was such a great phone. I miss the days when you could have a phone with no case on it. That's what I want from the iPhone 6, a built-in otterbox.

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Sappo569 posted:

Reminds me whenever I see my friend who has a 2010 Toyota, in which a cassette deck was still an optional accessory, that car manufacturers don't always use the latest/best technology

The worst stereos are the ones made after cassette decks, but before AUX/Bluetooth became popular, where your only options are a CD or the radio.

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p-hop posted:

edit: beaten on the fact that it's a button not a port

I have a cassette player in my 2007 car, and I still use a cassette to headphone jack adapter to connect phones/ipod to the stereo. I had it laying around and figured why buy something new if I can just plop it into the tape deck and be done?

Same, though I took one step further and plugged the cassette adapter into a Bluetooth adapter (which, in turn, is bluffed into my cigarette lighter USB adapter). It's super convoluted, but it works like a charm.

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The Nards Pan posted:

Where would it go? How would that work? A door in your baseboard to sweep dust into your wall?

That's not too out there, older houses were built with holes in the bathroom walls to put used razor blades, and the hole just went into the wall, so if you opened up the wall, you'd just find a pile of ancient razors.

Coffee And Pie
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There was a was a period of time where you could identify a group of douchebags without looking, just by hearing a cluster of those Motorola walkie-talkie chirps. Though I still use a walkie talkie on the reg at work, I'm in retail and they use them instead of a PA system.

Coffee And Pie
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On the topic of CDs, with the advent of bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, the big chunky stereos that only had radio, cassette, and sometimes CD are a thing of the past. I found this one (not my picture) at a Goodwill today, probably the height of tacky-looking stereos.

Coffee And Pie
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They could release the unaltered trilogy on a barebones Blu-Ray, labeled with a Sharpie, for $100 per movie, and still make a killing.

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Non Serviam posted:

I've thought about getting LASIK, but I think I'd still wear glasses afterwards, even if I don't need them. I just dislike my face without them

Yeah, as much as I'd like to be able to wear sunglasses casually in the summer, I prefer having regular glasses.

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flosofl posted:

I remember those mall kiosks that were nothing but 100s of faceplates for this model.

Oh, they still exist, but now they just sell iPhone cases.

On that topic, how did people carry around those big old phones? I never really had a problem with flip phones because I went through a baggy pants phase, but now I even have trouble cramming an iPhone in an Otterbox into my somewhat-tight jeans.

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titties posted:

We had belt cases.

The horror.

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Slanderer posted:

3. Of course an otterbox case makes it unreasonably big. I have no idea why anyone would use one for everyday use.

Well you see, I'm super clumsy. It's saved my rear end numerous times having a virtually indestructible phone.

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The rapid evolution of cell phones has really made it easy for movies to become extremely dated. Cellular, for example, the movie where Chris Evans plays a superhero whose power is pretty much just having a phone with a camera.

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spog posted:

From my reading of SA, I understand that libraries in the US are used for a) reading and b) porn-viewing by the homeless.

It's more online gambling than anything else. Oh, and it's a place sad people go when they're drunk.

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Collateral Damage posted:

And now I made myself sad.

My new favorite fun fact.

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Computer viking posted:

As a foreigner, my impression of AM talk radio is wall-to-wall racist religious ultraconservatives. That doesn't seem likely to be 100% true - so out of curiosity, what's the typical mix of content?

Podcasts are like talk radio for cool young people.

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Intoluene posted:

To be honest, I seriously miss that sound whenever I connect to the internet.

Not to poo poo on you (because I kinda agree) but I'm picturing a pretentious internet snob who only uses dial-up, because "it's so much richer than wi-fi."

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Trabant posted:

But Fab 1 fits the thread topic perfectly!

Anyway, following links from the thread dedicated to the same topic, Gene Roddenberry's floppy disks were finally read:


from this article.

Custom OS? That's... wholly unnecessary, even in the 80s. Hardcore though.

Writers are weird about what they write on, so it doesn't surprise me. George Rape-Rape Martin writes exclusively with WordStar 4.0 on a DOS computer.

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But they're so much cooler and Matrix-y.

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