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atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


nocal posted:

When even Intel is making cell phone processors

you mean like StrongARM and XScale?

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atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Blue_monday posted:

What gets me though? That keyboard clits are still a thing.



This is better than any other possible portable pointing device, including apple's multitouch trackpads and any touch screen. If you say otherwise you have obviously never used one and I will fight you.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Code Jockey posted:

All the sim talk got me to break out my Logitech wheel and play some Gran Turismo 5 last night. I didn't even participate in any races, I just went to the used car lot, bought an '88 Celica GT-FOUR and just kind of drove around some of the easier tracks with it.

It's weird that I enjoy doing that that much, considering I have a god awful commute and drive way too much as it is. I think it's just fun being able to drive however I want, and if I smash into a wall or something, I don't have to pay the repair bills. :P

I definitely get the argument that the price of the specialized peripherals puts most people off of playing simulators - the cost of flight sim gear is insane, last I checked, and my wheel was definitely not cheap [it's the one with the 6-speed shifter/clutch], but holy poo poo is it better than playing GT5 with a gamepad.

If you like just driving around, check out BeamNG Drive; it's a car simulator, meaning it physically simulates the entire car; total physically simulated deformation when it crashes, chassis flex, break the suspension by driving over a bump, remove the suspension and drive it over bumps, drive a hatchback into the back of a panel van, then drive the panel van into the back of a box truck, then drive the box truck around, et cetera. It's definitely best with a wheel.

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atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


My little brother had a remote controlled (via wire) front-end loader. It drove around, lifted and lowered the bucket, and when you pushed buttons on the remote, it would say "DROP IT. DROP IT." or "LIFT IT UP. [BEEEEEP BEEEEEP BEEEEP]." These phrases have become family in-jokes.

A Pinball Wizard posted:

If anyone is interested in owning some obsolete and failed technology themselves, someone in YOSPOS got a job selling stuff sent to electronics recycling and started a thread about it. Caveat: requires reading YOSPOS.

YOSPOS ain't so bad once you get used to it

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


KozmoNaut posted:

Back when I worked at Bang & Olufsen

are you responsible for the turntable and receiver I can't test without buying a separate control panel

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


leidend posted:

Mine looks like this



But I'm a bit too far north to be American and no one buys Mazda 2s there.

The Mazda 2 is not an American car.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


My Pioneer DEH-80PRS is the best head unit because it's not blue.

Well, it can be blue, but I set it to white in the daytime and red at night. The interface is actually fairly intuitive to use, and I can scroll through my songs without looking at it except for a very brief glance to see where I am in the list.



It also has settings for an automatic aucoustics compensator using a mic that plugs into the aux in port, a CD player and SD card slot if you fold the faceplate down, various stereo time delay settings, and so on, but I just have an old iPod plugged in there and a dead passenger door speaker.

Oh, and one of the backgrounds is "movie", which displays not movies from an iPod, but a loop of a soccer ball being kicked and turning into a shark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sok6FRjMZ_A

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


thrakkorzog posted:

She might just have hipster parents. Growing up in the early 80s, my dad had a CD-player, a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and a record player. And he taught me how to use them all, even though that was really pointless in retrospect.

except in the early 80s each of those were still relevant

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


y'all with your Palms and Handsprings. I had a Handera TRGPro; bought it at a garage sale for $5, and it served middle school me perfectly for years.



It was based, hardware-wise, on a Palm IIIX. Behind that cover are a Compactflash card slot and an IRDA port. That's right, I filled this baby up with 128 megabytes of ebooks and programs. I even ended up getting a modem that clipped to the bottom so I could browse the internet!

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


GOTTA STAY FAI posted:

You could also try the Virtually Indestructible Keyboard:

http://www.staples.com/office/suppl...&KPID=IM1F91378

(they do, of course, make models that don't light up, but where's the fun in that?)

I typed my thesis on one of these. Takes a bit to get used to, but once you get going, it's gold. They're dead serious about the "this thing is friggin' invincible" bit--it took way more punishment than any other modern computer keyboard could.

It also has the distinction of being the only keyboard on which someone spilled a martini and I was able to keep working with no problem, so there's that.

Jesus christ don't recommend people try to type on these things, that's horribly cruel

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Sudo Echo posted:

I live in San Fran and automatics are annoying as hell. No engine braking so you have to constantly be feathering the brakes down hills and up hills

you know you can move the gear selector down to "2" or "1" to make it stay in lower gears, right

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Code Jockey posted:

Wow, that really reminds me of the old terminals at the public library I used to visit as a kid, used for searching through the library's catalog.

The telnet catalog at my county library still worked the last time I connected to it, and it was faster to use than the web one!

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


cowtown posted:

Given the thread that we're in, I'll assume you want to connect old Macs together and therefore I recommend Farallon PhoneNet:



Supporting a blistering theoretical maximum of 230 kbit/s, it can co-exist with your telephone wiring so long as you only have one line, since it uses the two wires that are unused with a single-line setup.

as long as you don't lose the loving terminators

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Drone_Fragger posted:

I was under the impression that the OUYA is garbage and didn't the developers dumb it like a thick steaming turd straight after launch?

Manky posted:

Ouya: Y'all know what it is.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Flipperwaldt posted:

My parents bought a Sony miniDV camera with both Firewire and USB. For some reason anything transferred over USB was of an awful analog video tape like quality. It was designed like that. What a huge disappointment that was. Why bother with a digital connection at that point.

Those "USB Streaming" cameras had lovely quality over USB because, unlike FireWire, it doesn't have DMA support, and it has to reencode the DV data from the tape in real time into something lower-bandwidth, instead of just dumping the data from the tape over FireWire.

That feature was only on cheaper camcorders.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Praseodymi posted:

Just up the road from me, a combination payday loans shop and church.


how illegal is it to run in here dressed in a robe, beard, and wig and start whipping people and overturning tables

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


unless you're using "low budget" in its second modern meaning, i.e. "low production values"

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Atal Vataman posted:

why not just shoot it digital, and tweak it in after effects or something afterwards?

You fuckign sellout

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Lazlo Nibble posted:

Guaranteed he killed the pickup tubes, those are permanently damaged by any kind of bright light, not just a laser.

in the 90s, this was almost certainly a 3CCD camera, not a tube camera.

(speaking of obsolete technology...)

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


32MB OF ESRAM posted:

Oh my god. Can you imagine selling products so bespoke and niche that you could just like.... allow that website to be shown to the world? Knowing full-well your customers will have no choice but to type their CC info into it? Geez

The website is simple, clean, and has probably been functioning perfectly since 1998. It's better than a lot of newer ones, that's for sure

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


I'm about to be transferring to art school to major in photography. Film photography is very much alive and well (and, at least for medium and large format, still looks better than digital).

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


And voltage stability for light meter circuitry not available from alkaline batteries.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Elliotw2 posted:

They're literally tiny hard drives that used an expanded CF bus for data and power transfer.

The CF interface is IDE

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Light Gun Man posted:

My USB zip 250 drive served me incredibly well and without issue, I still have it and pull it out to use on occasion

Stop

Code Jockey posted:

Maaaaan I want SGI hardware so bad.

...which hardware, if I might ask?

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atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


p-hop posted:

Another fun memory from working at an electronics recycler/ebay lister. We would occasionally get network analyzers/sniffers, or as one of the guys there would call them, "lunchboxes." I forget what they were actually used for, but they went for a pretty decent price in ~2008 or so when we put them up for bidding on ebay. Probably one of those niche things that can't be replaced/upgraded unless you spend a ton of money to modernize your 20 year old network from scratch or something. If anyone is familiar with them, I'd love to hear more about the things.







Sometimes, we'd get really old ones with green, amber, or red plasma screens. I always wanted to take one home and run some old-rear end DOS games on them, like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_1AH4sUg

My favorite goofy thing about them is that the keyboard was connected via RJ11 port (landline telephone , the kind that looks like ethernet) instead of PS/2. Was this ever a common thing?

Fun fact: those Dolch keyboards are now basically the most desireable mechanical keyboard ever made on anything.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


WebDog posted:

The cost of buying a reader is $3,695.00. And you know it's bad when the National Sound and Film Archive doesn't have one.



There's a Sony PDW-1500 on eBay for $85. Where the hell are you looking?

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Humphreys posted:

Yoink!

Edit:
Dammit, doesn't ship to Australia...

I'd say contact the seller and ask if they'd enable GSP (ebay's global shipping program wherein seller ships it to their shipping center and they send it overseas) just for the one item, as you're in Australia and in desperate need of a PD reader. a lot of sellers are reasonable and if you talk to them they'll do stuff like that if they're reasonably sure you're not a scammer.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Humphreys posted:

Cheers, I don't really want or need it, but find this gear interesting. Might send the seller a message, but shipping to Aus is painfully slow and expensive from the US.

media digitization is a hobby/art materials source of mine, but I really don't need to be buying used Professional Disks on ebay when I already have so many video tapes...

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Nuclear War posted:

https://www.myus.com is pretty decent for this poo poo

I wonder if there's an equivalent of this that'll ship from Sweden to the US. I need some Volvo parts.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


GOTTA STAY FAI posted:

The inventory control program we used (gently caress yeah MS-DOS) would keep track of the ratio of how much we paid to how much we'd made off any particular title, and would alert us to move a movie from "HOT NEW RELEASES" or whatever to "CURRENT HITS" when it hit 1:1 to make room for new stuff.

Did your store use Video Butler? The video store I worked at used it. It said "copyright 1986-2007" when it started up.

This was in 2013.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


1000 Brown M and Ms posted:

Fair enough. I guess these days you normally don't really need to specify exactly what format you own music in. I guess it's a bit like how you usually don't say what format you own software in.


'Electronic' is an even worse word than 'digital' in this context. No matter what format you own music in, you need an electronic device to play it.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


I work at an e-waste recycler. Until recently, I was the eBay guy; I still get my pick of cool stuff for cheap. I've avoided posting Cool poo poo here because I wasn't caught up with this thread. Here's some Cool poo poo.



I found it in the circuit boards bin, along with a number of other similar discrete logic boards from the Lockheed Missile Systems Division. I know what they are, but have no clue what they're from. I've written to the research department at the Computer History Museum, so I may find out soonish!

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Pham Nuwen posted:

That looks like diode logic so I'd guess it's from the 60s at the latest (nuke tech is always lagging behind the cutting edge while they test and verify the new stuff). Not really a proliferation risk, especially considering what it implements.

It's just an AND gate, you'd presumably stick a bunch of those into a backplane to set up some sort of logic circuit. It could have gone into anything but I'd bet against an actual missile, since cards like that take up a lot of space and could easily shake loose in a launch.

All the boards have transistors on them. At one point, these things were loving Expensive.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Geoj posted:

Love to see their reaction when they find out there's only a few labs in the entire country that offer movie film processing, and they have to ship their film out and wait 6-8 weeks to get it back.

Kodak is going to be selling processing and digital transfers as a bundle with the film.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Sperglord Firecock posted:

I'm getting a new power adapter for the Atari here soon, as when I got robbed a while back, the thieves took almost every power adapter in the house (who even does that honestly?).

Meth heads. Gotta get that $0.10 worth of copper.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


davidspackage posted:

Working at a store that sells cameras, I hate it when someone comes in cause they lost the usb cable for a camera that's about 4-5 years old, cause I first have to figure out which of the dozen mini-usb variations it can be.

those aren't even standard USB cables. every camera made before 4-5 years ago has its own special snowflake cable

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.



You can also run Doom on a former TOP500 supercomputer.

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


isn't DGPS equipment reasonably inexpensive at this point?

atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


KozmoNaut posted:

Uh, you may be forgetting one of Sony's biggest successes (another collaboration with Philips). It's the compact disc

And Bluray seems to be doing OK, as well.

betacam and digital betacam are still in use in some places

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atomicthumbs
Dec 26, 2010


We're in the business of extending man's senses.


Samizdata posted:

<scans dick and scanner runs out of bulb>

Sorry mate but they don't make scanners with enough resolving power to image that

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