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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Ozz81 posted:

I swear when I first scrolled past this image, I thought these were those old "dancing" soda cans you could get back in like the late 80s and early 90s. The top looks just like the pull tab tops here, which was odd since those types of tabs weren't in use when we actually bought the dancing cans.



Lots of toys danced for a few years. We had that can, a big dancing Kool-Aid character, but in my kid-mind THESE were the original:

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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blugu64 posted:

There was on in St.Louis in the 80s. Anyone know if it's still there?

It's not.



I got a Hot Wheels with my meal the last time I went, so I'm pretty sure it never reopened after the "Great Flood of '93."

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Physical posted:

What is VAG-COM? I don't feel safe googling it at work.

Volkswagen diagnostics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAG-COM

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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kastein posted:

Zip disks... absolutely unbreakable, at least until you dare to put them in a Zip drive

I am an absolute Zip disk hoarder because of these machines:



I was really hoping Zips would go away eventually, but then the new model came out a few years ago, and Zip disks are still the only way to get files in or out without real-time recording them



Im amazed that someone is still making them drives. At least the new ones take 250mb disks. I still occasionally see digicarts with Bernoulli drives.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Geoj posted:

If I'm reading this correctly, this is a device that pumps audio into a television broadcast? In which case it probably stands to reason that studios using them paid for licensed sound clips and would rather continue to use obsolete storage media rather than paying for new licensed content on a modern storage medium...

They're huge in the live sports television where the same theme music in lots of different lengths and a few highlight cuts play a lot. The producer either hands me a zip disk with his show music to load onto the harddrive, or a CD, which I also load, but have to do it by playing each track and manually recording it.

The digicart plays instantly and you can use a PS/2 keyboard as a bunch of assignable hotkeys. There are software alternatives now like SpotOn, but that'd involve another dedicated computer, so adoption is glacial.

Licensing isn't an issue, because when you license music for broadcast, you're paying for the logged usage, not the medium its stored on.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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SG-83 posted:

In elementary school we all had to use fountain pens, starting at what would be the 1st grade in the US (1990). Most (if not all) of us used the ink cartridge-fed pens. They ran out of ink very quickly...I think I usually had 10-20 ink cartridges on hand.

Sounds like we're about the same age. Pen use was discouraged, if not completely disallowed until maybe 8th or 9th grade. Mechanical pencils were gold, and friends discussed the merits of 0.5mm and 0.7mm lead. Couple of weird kids used 4mm, but come on.

I don't think I actually touched a fountain pen until after college. They might have been pictured on the old-time-y US Constitution posters in grade school.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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mystes posted:

Fountain pens weren't in common use until around a century after the Constitution was written.

Feather quill, whatever.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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When we used Alphasmarts in school, we physically unplugged the mini-din connector that went into the Apple computer keyboard, and plugged the alphasmart into the curly cable.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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JLightning posted:

I've got that exact same phone sitting in a box of my old college stuff! Do those things still work? I haven't got Sprint anymore, but I think it'd be nice to have an indestructible emergency phone laying around.

I don't think the FCC with let US carriers activate any handset that isn't E911 GPS capable, which is pretty much anything sold before 2001-ish.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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The Rubberbandit posted:

A quick guess would be that the linked adapter has a balanced (or stereo) output, and a microphone creates an unbalanced (or mono) signal.

Balanced doesn't mean stereo. A 3-conductor balanced connector is still just mono, but yes, the recorder might be looking for a tip/sleeve unbalanced 1/4". To make that adapter, you'd connect XLR pin 2 to the 1/4" connector's "tip," then bridge pins 1 and 3 in the XLR and connect that to the 1/4" "sleeve."

(Or you could but this, I guess: http://www.amazon.com/XLR-Female-To...d_bxgy_MI_img_y )

Post a model number for the recorder?

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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I rode to ride my bike to my aunt and uncles house (where there was a cable modem) with a box of zip100s, one of which contained mIRC to download files from xdcc bots, and a copy of Winzip to split those downloads into 100mb chunks.

I'm just now realizing how long that probably took to wait for a download slot, download, split, and write to zip disks. They definitely thought I was a weird kid.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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PhazonLink posted:

The best thing about cell towers are when you get people saying they feel like crap or have problem ______ and the tower isn't on yet or even built.

Last year they built a cell tower in my neighborhood and all the leaves on my oak tree immediately turned brown and fell off.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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I miss being able to listen to TV audio on a plain analog radio scanner.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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It was really useful if your parents had a "no televisions in bedrooms" rule.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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El Estrago Bonito posted:

When I was taking a security course one of the speakers talked specifically about how many commercial and almost all home made batteries are pretty much indistinguishable from explosives on many scanners.

I want to meet the guy trying to get homemade batteries on a plane.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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The car might also have an unused CD changer port on the back that can be adapted to an aux-in. Crutchfield is a pretty good resource for that kind of thing.

In the spirit of this thread, my 2007 Mazda had an unused cassette or Minidisc slot that I'm now using an an aux-in.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Cell phones with extendable antennas at all are pretty much obsolete.

I only ever played with mine. I don't remember extending the antenna ever making a noticeable difference.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Pivit posted:

I guess cell phone mods/rice are pretty obsolete now.

I think you're wrong.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Computer viking posted:

Oh, that's sneaky in the best possible way. I can see it working for stereo as mono (the intensity of an entire "row" is the sum of both stereo channels), but how do you add the other channels? Left/right offset on the signal part of each channel?

It's all phasing tricks.


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_decoder

There are limitations to the complexity of the rear channels, sound placement and differences between the channels.

The idea is still widely used. Dolby Pro Logic and its successors, for example.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Lowen SoDium posted:

First gen iPhone didn't have apps at launch, or GPS, or 3g, or MMS, or video, copy and paste, exchange email or any other kind of push email.

Basically, all smart phone users had good reason to be smug over iPhone users because the first gen iPhone weren't really smart phones by comparison.

Webapps are the future.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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I love how cyclical this thread is.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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strangemusic posted:

The Rio Karma was incredible and a thing of beauty. I wish it were still around.

It was OK until you got tired of the 10 songs you were carrying. It shipped with parallel port adapter to load up music and transferring 32mb took so drat long that I never rotated anything on.

Maybe you could buy a USB1 adapter, but that new little connector was never going to catch on.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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strangemusic posted:

Sure you're not thinking of something else? The Karma was 20gb with USB 2.0

Oops. I thought someone was still in love with the even more obsolete original Rio.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Geoj posted:

I can remember loading up my RCA Lyra's 64 MB compact flash took something silly like 20 minutes on its included parallel CF reader. It took less time to transfer my MP3s from our desktop to my dad's work laptop with a crossover cable and then write them to the CF with a PCMCIA adapter.

Also god help you if you had one of the early HDD based players before USB 2.0 and/or 1394.

I had serious buyers remorse with my first-gen MP3 player. I already had a portable minidisc player, but on paper the Rio looked like the future. Longer battery, never having to buy physical media, not having to record music to MD in realtime. I even thought SmartMedia cards would drop in price so I could have tons of capacity.

Then I realized that a minidisc held about the same amount of music per load, but could be swapped in half a second.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Pneub posted:

The Internet's so easy, even a housewife can use it!

Mom's on the Net!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BybbEBOeKM8&sns=em

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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My first encounters with the internet were in school computer labs when the teacher would write a sentence-long URL on the whiteboard filled random letters, numbers and characters we didn't know the names of yet (both kinds of slashes even!)

As students we would take 10 minutes tediously typing the URL into Netscape, then raise our hands to have the teacher proofread our work. Once all 30-odd screens had been check, we would all hit "return" in unison and wait several more minutes for the boring static page to load so we could fill in a worksheet.

I bet they still do that the exact same way somewhere. How long until school is obsolete?

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Full Battle Rattle posted:

I want to see some true HD Porn. I want a 1080p blu-ray pornographic movie. I just don't trust porn companies to actually shoot in HD and then master the disc properly, because, let's be honest, I'm from a generation that watched softcore porn because the planets aligned and cinemax came in slightly less blurry one evening. >99.9% of porn consumers do not give a flying gently caress about quality. I'm also leary of any website that sells pornographic dvds.

If I actually go to the length to purchase something from a smut peddler and it's some 480i upscaled bullshit I would be FURIOUS.

1080? I hear they're already pushing 4K. You're a porn caveman.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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taiyoko posted:

The worst part of my 2004 Chevy Malibu is the radio....it's just the stock radio, but it's radio/CD. No cassette, no AUX or USB. The CD is jammed to the point that I can't even find out what disk is stuck in it from the previous owner because it will neither play nor eject.

Replacing it would be roughly $200 because I would need an adapter for the information system display built into it as well as the replacement head unit. Basically, I need this.

Is it a slot-loading CD? Take an old disc you don't care about and push it halfway in, trying to wedge above or below the disc that's stuck, then pull out quickly. The stuck disc will usually come out with it.

It always worked on CRT iMacs.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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MA-Horus posted:

My parents used to have one of those old frigidares with the handle that's also a latch for the beer fridge, thing must have been 40 years old and still ran like a champ

Until a power surge killed it.

I got a flyer from the local power company offering $200 and free pickup to anyone who turn in a working "garage fridge."

Style obsolete by inefficiency.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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leidend posted:

The idea of drive-in appeals more to me than theatres where people seem to have lost all common courtesy towards one another.

There's a whole lot more distraction at a drive-in. The group next to you with lawn chairs out having a rowdy barbecue, completely oblivious to the movie. The swarm of giggling kids constantly walking back and forth, shining their little flashlights into windows. The rusty Civic with fogged up windows and a subwoofer blasting something entirely different than the movie audio. The truck that showed up late with a busted muffler who circles the lot for half the movie, then leaves the engine idling for the rest.

Not to mention the fact that it's still too bright outside to see the screen for half of the first feature.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Leninboarrir posted:

I work for the NFL, and for some reason we still use D3 and D5 tapes. They're an absolute bitch because they do not cooperate with our video management software that we use with Final Cut. We have to go through tapes by hand when the computer will normally scroll through and capture footage automatically. They're the worst.

gently caress I HATE D3s

NFL Films still has an army of worker bees loading, shooting and processing 16mm reels at every game. I don't think the NFL cares about your convenience. (I work for rightsholders)

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Powerline ethernet is still very much a thing. Linksys still uses the Homeplug brand, even.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D4SOF3S...d_Ih.Ftb1NDTEGQ

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Dirk Squarejaw posted:

Related to the Phillips head talk.... I just had to tear down the carbs on one of my motorcycles due to a badly stuck float. I've worked on a few Japanese bikes and this one is no different. The Japanese have mastered making Phillips head screws out of an alloy that are slightly softer than cheddar cheese. The only safe way to get them out is an impact driver and a few light taps with a hammer. As usual, I'm replacing the hardware with Allen head screws.

Scroll up to the chat on JIS screws. You're using the wrong screwdriver.

Rather than finding the right screwdriver, most people muscle them out then swap for Allen-heads.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Mister Kingdom posted:

Looks like this inside:



Somehow that whole rotating mechanism was cheaper than just adding a second laser?

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Jerry Cotton posted:

I know a lot of synthesizers used diskettes and wonder if some later ones have used minidiscs?

Those instruments use disks for MIDI data. Small files kind of equivalent to sheet music, but not audio data. There would be no real reason for MD.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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It was an earlier version of what broadcast studios call a "still store" and use for things like technical difficulty slates and graphics backgrounds.

The output of a paused tape machine isn't usually pretty for such purposes.

It's also a nice way to pass frames to a thermal printer, which I assume is what the doctors mentioned in the link used it for.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Sappo569 posted:

I was submitting paperwork for a warranty replacement on something, and the company actually specifically only takes faxes.

In the process of scanning the paper work, attaching it, and virtually faxing it, you'd think they would be able to just take OH I DON'T KNOW an emailed PDF??

Maybe they want the paperwork to be difficult to deter warranty claims.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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...How did that make more sense than a 4-track head and reversing motors?

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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Fo3 posted:

Joining the laser printer crew. Got a decent brother printer, toner costs $70 but lasts about 3 years, and that's with me printing a ton of letters and invoices in the past, plus a heap of recipes, and my partner printing out a lot of study notes, assignments and general stuff.

If you only care about black, I've had good luck getting cheap off-brand Brother toner carts at 2 for $20. Slickdeals alerts help.

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eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004

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A FUCKIN CANARY!! posted:

PalmOS was great in general. Everything was fast and responsive, and to this day I have yet to see another implementation of handwriting recognition that actually works.

The handwriting recognition only worked if you were willing to learn their special system of glyphs.

It was also super slow for text entry.

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