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Forgotten Electronics of the 70s and 80s

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the forgotten-for-a-reason dept.

Technology 531

Ant writes "This is where you can find photos of those unusual items which somehow missed our keen attention in the 70s and 80s. Be it a specialty product, electronic novelty or an utter boondoggle from a major electronics outfit of the day, we'll dig 'em up and talk about 'em."

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hahahaha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060754)

darryl loves my cock

I don't understand (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060854)

What the appeal of trolling is. What is it all about? Is it good, or is it whack?

Re:I don't understand (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060900)

In Kazahkstan we think USA technology very good, but now I see it is very primitive...

Negro Call Higher Priority Than Car Alarms (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060870)

Negro Call Higher Priority Than Car Alarms

By Ben Dover (c) 2004

Williamsburg, Lousiana
______________________

The conversation goes like this:

- Hello, 911, how can I help you?
-Yes, someone is trying to break into my home and kill my children!
-'Kay, ma'am, stay calm. Are you a negro?
-Huh?
-Are you a negro?
-Uh, yeah.
-'Kay. Bye.
-But ...!
- [click]

This is the usual greeting for negroes in Williamsburg, Lousiana when calling emergency services. But no more.

Starting this week, 911 operators in Williamsburg will be forced by law to give higher priority to negro callers than police dispatches to a car alarm.

"This is outrageous", says Billy Joe Bob, a 911 operator since 1984. "This [expletive] Democrat governement is killing us.", he declared. "What next, dipatching actual police officers to a negro neighborhood?"

The new law, RL-215, was put into effect last week.Known supporters of this new law are known preacher/actor Al Sharpton an circus freak Michael Jackson.
When contacted by phone, Al Sharpton declared that he did not "wanna come round Alabama[sic], cuz last time them people received me with stones and shit. You people is crazy!". Michael Jackson could not be contacted. An answering machine at Michael Jackson residence/hole-in-the-ground greeted our reporters with monkey shrieks.

The police chief of Williamsburg didn't answer our queries over the phone when contacted. Instead, he drove to our building asking for the reporter that called him a while ago. Visibly angry, he proceeded to punch one of our reporters in the eye.

While leaving, he declared " Bulls---. This is all a piece of sh--. Fu----- negroes!.

Copyright Redneck Today (c) , 2004.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060757)

fp!

YOU FAILED IT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060913)

Thanks for browsing at -1, it really makes my day to think you care :)

N-Gage (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060763)

That is the page where Nokia N-Gage will be in about 10 years.

Re:N-Gage (3, Insightful)

FlipmodePlaya (719010) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060786)

Yes, because a cell-phone that plays games is horribly unusual... The NGage is a flop, not a novelty.

Re:N-Gage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061060)

Err.. this is actually insightful, not funny.

Re:N-Gage (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060876)

As will this. [microtronique.com]

the calculator watch.. (5, Funny)

qewl (671495) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060770)

the epitome of cool..

especially if worn while carrying a boom box blasting old school Beastie Boys on your shoulder.

Re:the calculator watch.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060798)

remember those giant boomboxes? [globility.com]

Re:the calculator watch.. (2, Funny)

Sage Gaspar (688563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060825)

Oh, nothing compares to the many usages of the aptly named "Sexum Clock." It's nice to know that someone thought of the needs of the consumer who demands his LCD porn built into a timepiece.

Just think of it! Those rascally teens can finally pleasure themselves without having to constantly glance over at the clock to see when mommy's coming home! You can attempt the world speed record without ever taking your eyes off the prize! You can even go for the Holy Grail of maximum times per day WITHOUT EVER LEAVING YOUR BED!

Re:the calculator watch.. (2, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060829)

Heh, I used to have one of those boom boxes, but with classical music. I remember when calculators came out; you could get expelled from school if you were caught with one. The cool thing for me was the CB-radio with the 8-track player built in.

Re:the calculator watch.. (1)

uglyduckling (103926) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060890)

no... it's a CB radio that fits into an 8-track player. That way you could add a CB to your car without any wiring.

Re:the calculator watch.. (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060971)

ISTR seeing that, but I meant the "all in one" stereo/CB units that I definitely saw at an auto show in 1981.

Re:the calculator watch.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060864)

Those first generation HP calculator watches fetch a nice price on eBay. They can fetch well over a grand if they are in good condition with all the accessories.

Re:the calculator watch.. (3, Funny)

moltar77 (708055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060948)

the epitome of cool..

Am I the only one who first pronounced this in their head as ep-i-tome, only to later realize it was ep-i-to-me?

Re:the calculator watch.. (-1, Offtopic)

TexVex (669445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061008)

No. I used to get confused about lots of words when I was a kid too. I really chewed up the word "annihilate", for example. I read too much and talked too little. And look at me now, still a full-on geek.

Re:the calculator watch.. (-1, Offtopic)

anthonyclark (17109) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061063)

It's easy to do. I used to pronounce macabre as Mack-a-brr not mah-cah-br. My wife just this weekend asked what the hell Cham-oh-lee was when holding a pack of Chamomile tea. (she uses chamomile shampoo and has no problem saying it in that context, yet as a foodstuff, she was flu-mox-eed).

(-1 offtopic but who the hell cares?)

didn't realize calculators were so hi-tech (0)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061001)

The one from the article was capable of running apache, judging from the current state of the site.

ah well, time to go hunt for a google cache

Re:the calculator watch.. (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061004)

Heh, I still use those CASIO databank watch (with the calculator of course). :)

I am waiting for the PDA watch version that is small enough for my thin wrists. The current ones are too thick and heavy for me to use. :)

ThinkGeek (5, Funny)

nulltransfer (725809) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060778)

It won't be too long before much of the stuff sold there will be listed in "Forgotten Electronics of the 90s and 00s" :)

Re:ThinkGeek (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061011)

Comment is funny, but insightful. Spend your money wisely people.

Amongst those devices that I hope will be on the list of forgotten electronics of the 20's is the internet aware toaster.

If we're really lucky people will forget about that one before it happens, but I'm not holding my breath.

KFG

We're going to take back the White House! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060785)

EEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGHHHHHHHHH!

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like Dean screaming.

/.'d already (1)

eriksarcade (715857) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060802)

5 posts and its slow as hell.

Re:/.'d already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060828)

yes, the subscribers slashdot it to oblivion before the rest of us see the story :)

Re:/.'d already (3, Informative)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060865)

It still works for me, but just in case, some text and the list:

What's a Magical Gadget? Your co-host of Pocket Calculator, Paul, gets full credit for the name of this feature. This is where you can find photos of those unusual items which somehow missed our keen attention in the 70s and 80s. Be it a specialty product, electronic novelty or an utter boondoggle from a major electronics outfit of the day, we'll dig 'em up and talk about 'em. We know there's lots of them out there, so if you've got one, contact us so we can get it on the show!

Also featured here are cool electronics that have been spotted out "in the wild." Did you uncover a cool gadget in a thrift shop, tage sale or flea market and got it for a song? That, friends, constitutes a "brag" and is worthy of attention, so let us know and we'll post it here!
We'll keep adding rare and cool gadgets, so check back often, and tune in to Pocket Calculator, Saturday nights on WBCQ!

Date Magical Gadget
12/01/01 1985 Casio Scientific Calculator Watch
12/01/01 1982 Olympus Walkman-style Stereo Micro-Cassette w/FM
12/01/01 1980s Headphone Stereo/Calculator/Clock
12/01/01 1974 Midland Handheld CB
12/08/01 1980 Casio QL-10 Calculator / Lighter
12/08/01 1980s Mr. FM by Hatori Seiko
12/08/01 1979 General Electric Superadio
12/08/01 1983 Seiko Voice Recorder Watch
12/15/01 1981 Osborne 1 Computer
01/05/02 1985 Magnavox Speakerphone
01/05/02 1981 XXX-Rated Digital Watch (Caution: Explicit!)
01/20/02 A Whole bunch on our NYC Trip!
01/26/02 1979 Bone Fone
01/27/02 1982 Kaypro II transportable computer
02/02/02 1982 Entex Adventure Vision Game System
02/09/02 198? Casio TA-1000 Talking Calculator & Clock
02/23/02 1987 Casio IF-8000 Digital Diary
03/22/02 1972 Gruen Teletime LCD Watch
03/30/02 1976 Sanyo Combination AM/FM Radio - Digital Clock - LCD Calculator
05/11/02 1985 Sharp Top-Loading Boombox
05/18/02 1979 Sharp Computer-Controlled Cassette Deck
06/01/02 1983 Dynalogic Hyperion Computer
06/01/02 1987 Fisher-Price PXL 2000 Video Camera
06/08/02 1981 Handheld Football Game by Bambino
06/08/02 1970s Panasonic RF-2200 Portable Multi-Band Radio
06/15/02 198? Technicolor Compact Video Cassette Recorder
07/6/02 1970s Bellsound CB-8 CB Receiver to 8-Track Adapter
07/20/02 1987 Sony D-88 Discman (World's Smallest CD Player!)
08/10/02 1983 Horse Race Pocket Computer
08/17/02 1976 PocketCom XB-100 Pocket CB Tranceiver
08/24/02 1970s Super Buster Vintage Radar Detector
08/31/02 1983 Sony SRF-A1 AM Stereo Walkman
09/07/02 197? Lloyd's Accumatic E613 LCD Calculator w/ Alarm Clock
09/14/02 1981 Buscom AutoDialer
09/28/02 198? Sony M-50 Micro Walkman
10/19/02 MTV Stereo Broadcasts
10/26/02 1981 Sony KV-4000 micro Trinitron TV

My dad? (4, Funny)

BitchAss (146906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060803)

My dad is a bit of a tool. On his stereo he has the following components hooked up AND WORKING:
DVD
VHS
Beta
Record Player
CD Player
8 Track

It's all in 5.1 surround sound, so they all sound their best.

I just wonder if there's room for a player piano and a cannister recording device.

Re:My dad? (1)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060881)

My dad is a bit of a tool. On his stereo he has the following components hooked up AND WORKING: DVD VHS Beta Record Player CD Player 8 Track It's all in 5.1 surround sound, so they all sound their best.

Wow! 8 track with 6 channels of sound. That's a neat trick!

Re:My dad? (5, Funny)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060959)

Reminds me of when I worked at Radio Shack... someone got the idea to run a (as it turns out, mono) adult movie in our nice 5.1 surround sound system... we just got the same sound from 5 directions... creepy...

Re:My dad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060974)

If you are trolling, piss off. If not, yes you can get "surround sound" out of an 8-track, or record, or anything. Its not discrete, but matrixed, but only DTS-ES gives 6 channels of discrete sound, so most DVDS don't even provide 6 discrete channels of sound. Its all in the DSP.

Re:My dad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061036)

You don't get it. There is no 8-track recording with any surround sound.

Re:My dad? (1)

BitchAss (146906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060994)

Sure, he was magic. :)

OH! I forgot to mention the cassette player too!

Color Computer II (3, Insightful)

xgecko (583139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060804)

I don't see my old Radio Shak Color Computer II

Re:Color Computer II (1)

daeley (126313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060859)

I have it. You can have it back for $150,001.25.

(The $1.25 is for a Diet Coke with Lime.)

Nostalgia (5, Insightful)

Octagon Most (522688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060806)

It took me a long time to realize that my nostalgia for old electronics is really based on memories of the fun times. The toys and games really were not that fun in retrospect. They were just all that was available. Fortunately I didn't spend too much money on eBay learning that lesson. It is fun to browse them and go down memory lane though.

Re:Nostalgia (2, Funny)

dodgyville (660660) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060904)

Hands up who went to this webpage and clicked first on the Sexum Adult Digital Watch?

Re:Nostalgia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060949)

I realized that some time ago and now laugh at people who tell me that old games were better because "it was not all about the graphics back then".

Digital watch a step backwards (5, Insightful)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060809)

When I was young (about 7) in say 1976 or so my father bought a NEW digital watch , you know red LED that lit up when you presses a button, we were sitting at my grandfathers kitchen table, my grandfather was a watch maker, not some repairman he actually MADE watches from scratch at a rate of about 3 a year.

Anyhow my father being very proud of his $800 new invention showed it to my grandfather, who looked very carefully at my fathers watch, he sat back, sipped his coffe and said "How is that progress when now it takes 2 hands to tell time, one for the watch and another to press the button to make it show time ?" My father kinda sank into his seat his bubble being burst instantly, I dont think he ever wore it again.

Re:Digital watch a step backwards (1)

skintigh2 (456496) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061017)

Y'all must've been pretty rich to spend what today would be around $2000 on a watch and not wear it after one comment from pops.

I do remember seeing ads for those watches. I didn't realize you had to push a button to turn on the LEDs.

Re:Digital watch a step backwards (1)

seann (307009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061022)

I don't get it.

-- Product of the early 1980s.

Re:Digital watch a step backwards (1)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061028)

Sure, the first generation digital watches were a step back. But now, twenty years later, who's laughing last?

--
In London? Need a Physics Tutor? [colingregorypalmer.net]

American Weblog in London [colingregorypalmer.net]

Re:Digital watch a step backwards (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061032)

I had to laugh at a James Bond file played on tv recently, Live and Let Die from about 1973 - in one bed scene he lifts his arm to look at: A DIGITAL WATCH!! 4 big red led digits.

PXL-2000 (3, Interesting)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060820)

I found a couple of those at thrift stores a few years back. Very unreliable (apparently they used a cheap casette tape transport at high speeds, which typically refused to move), limited image quality (large grayscale pixels that only take up half of a TV screen), no audio, and just plain wierd. Some cinematographer types love 'em because of the wierd effect they give.

audio (1)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060886)

Okay, so it has audio. But unless you mod it, it only has an RF output. And apparently people using it for artistic reasons prefer to not use the built-in tape unit (which doesn't suprise me because it's crap.)

Re:PXL-2000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060980)

I had one of these as a kid. They recorded video to any standard Audio cassette tape. The quality sucked, but for an 8 year old it was perfect. I also later had some fun with it in my teenage years, but that's a story for another time...

Re:PXL-2000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061029)

"Very unreliable (apparently they used a cheap casette tape transport at high speeds, which typically refused to move), limited image quality (large grayscale pixels that only take up half of a TV screen), no audio, and just plain wierd.

Hey, isn't that the camera Paris Hilton used to have...

Totally unknown today. (0, Troll)

dodgyville (660660) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060822)

My favourite forgotten electronic device from the 1980s was the Ludman Electric 56A. An excellent device but unfortunately today its almost as if it never existed. I used to use it all the time. It was perfect for the job and reliable too. Then I retired for a while and by the time I returned to the industry everyone had moved on. If you can get one on ebay, I strongly advise you to do so. I wish I had kept mine. It'd probably be worth almost a $1,000 today.

Re:Totally unknown today. (1)

mac os ken (732050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060884)

But what sort of device was it? What is the Ludman Electric 56A used for???

Re:Totally unknown today. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060981)

You may have caught a glimpse of it in the movie "Top Secret." It was referred to by the more common name of "The Anal Intruder."

Re:Totally unknown today. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8061059)

But what sort of device was it? What is the Ludman Electric 56A used for???

You don't know? What sort of a Luddite are you that you don't know what a Ludman Electric 56A is?

Re:Totally unknown today. (1)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061047)

I hear you get a can of lube with them for free these days, if you can find one.

Did you clean it before you gave it away?

How appropriate... (5, Funny)

malibucreek (253318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060824)

...that this website seems to be hosted on a server with all the power of a TRS-80.

Re:How appropriate... (1)

Dreadlord (671979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060899)

either I'm so lucky that I can browse the whole site (with screenshots and everything) or you are the one who's running a TRS-80 ;)

The first Diskmen ws the smalest? (4, Interesting)

starm_ (573321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060830)

kind of ironic that the old diskmen were the smallest. I always tought diskmen were shrinking. In this [pocketcalculatorshow.com] 1988 model the diskmen doesn't even fit an entirer disk.

The first Discman was the smalest? (0, Redundant)

starm_ (573321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060931)

It is kind of ironic that the old Discman were the smallest. I always thought Discman were shrinking. In this1988 model the Discman doesn't even fit an entire disk.
(I Posted that one too fast)

Re:The first Diskmen ws the smalest? (1)

Saige (53303) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060976)

For the longest time, I couldn't recall if I had actually seen a Discman like that, or if I had created it entirely in my head. After all, who would make a CD player where the disc stuck out and could be bumped or cut someone?

Thanks to this web site, I know now that the memory I had of seeing one running at a Highland Appliance store (back before they imploded) actually occured...

Reminiscing (5, Funny)

saforrest (184929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060835)

My dad used to have a huge ancient calculator from the 60's or 70's. I vividly remember it because it had a red alarm-clock style display.

When you performed an arithmetic operation the whole screen would turn to garbage for a moment, then the answer would be displayed.

I never saw this for myself, but he claims that if you tried to divide by zero the machine would just keep chugging away forever. :)

The bone phone lives! (2, Informative)

General Newcomb (743341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060839)

here: http://www.dottocomu.com/b/archives/000585.html

Remembering.. (3, Interesting)

LinuxInDallas (73952) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060842)

I had that casio calculator watch back in the day. Another cool item was my old Pac Man watch. Anyone remember that guy? It had a little metal joystick. I can't believe it didn't make the list!

Re:Remembering.. (1)

rjelks (635588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061056)

I loved that old pacman watch too. I remember getting it for my birthday. I would play it for so long that I'd get that little imprint on my finger.

-

Reverb for Stereo Equipment (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060846)

I have a few of these analog effects that hook up to the speaker outputs of stereo receivers. Think the extensive drug use of the 70's sparked demand.

Kaypro II (2, Funny)

RY (98479) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060847)

I still have a working Kaypro II, and Kaypro16 in the back of the garage. I also found the original SNOKUG library disks with it. ..... Crap I am a geek..

Pocket Rockers (1)

lish2 (194441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060849)

Coincidentally, X-Entertainment is running a story on the Pocket Rockers [x-entertainment.com] kids collectable tape players from the 80's. Anyone remember those?

Donkey Kong (3, Interesting)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060851)

How I miss my Game&Watch double-screen Donkey Kong (1982)! *nostalgic sigh*

The Scientific Calculator Watch (1)

TedTschopp (244839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060855)

I got me one of those... Orignal owner as well, Very cool. $400 on ebay. Very tempting, But I must resist. Ted

CB Receiver (3, Funny)

kraksmokr (216277) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060856)

In the 80's I found this cool gizmo at a garage sale, it was called a CB Receiver by "Conic". I attached it to my bicycle handlebars and listened to cursing truckers as I cruised around.

Here's one: (1)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060861)

Parallel port software anti-piracy dongles.

Geexxx (1)

sudotcsh (95997) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060867)

Alright, admit it - how many of you clicked on 1981 XXX-Rated Digital Watch (Caution: Explicit!) [pocketcalculatorshow.com] first thing? I know I sure did. In elementary school in the 80s this would have been worth far more than its weight in gold.

Other features (1)

F. Mephit (720161) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060879)

I remember getting one of these calculator watches for Christmas. On the website they don't mention that those babies had a 1/100th second stopwatch and could store phone numbers, too. I wore short sleeves for most of the winter just to show mine off! In fact, I remember wearing through the band (which was cheap plastic) after a couple of years from taking it on and off showing it to people.

Early walkman (4, Interesting)

Trurl's Machine (651488) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060880)

As a teenager I remember I had an early walkman. I can't recall now the make of it, but it was huge and it had cassette-loading slot, like a car stereo. The funniest thing about it was that it had built-in signal splitter to share the music with your, um, significant other and a built-in microphone - not for recording, as it was unable to record anything, but just for listening to the ambient sound. Obviously, whoever designed this device, considered the whole idea of using a walkman in solitud with no vocal contact with the outside world too freaky. In fact, I think he was partially right - I bought a signal splitter for my iPod so we can sometimes listen together, but I really miss something like a built-in mike for the ambient sound. Now when I see somene looks at me and his jaw is moving, I have to remove the earphones with "whaddidyasay?". Would be nicer (or at least geekier) just to push a button or something.

missing the point (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060975)

As a teenager in the early 90's NOT hearing what anyone else said was EXACTLY the reason for having a walkman! I didn't want outside contact! I wanted angst.

Re:Early walkman (4, Interesting)

droopus (33472) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061042)

The original Walkman [cool.ne.jp] had an ambient sound button and two little mikes at the front. The button was yellow and would allow you to hear whomever was trying to talk to you by simply pressing said yellow button. Usually they were saying "what the hell is that thing?"

I always wondered why they got rid of that feature.

my favorite 80s Gadget: Seiko TV Wrist Watch (4, Informative)

i4u (234028) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060887)

80s Sony Watchman ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060896)

... comes in handy if you are traveling with an Autistic Savant who insists on watching the Peoples Court

Bambino... (1)

barfarf (544609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060897)

Boy, that Bambino Football game brought back some serious memories. My dad used to do some legal work for them and knew the president of the company, so I had their entire line of games for free before they had been released. Pretty awesome at the time for a 9 year old. I remember telling my friends about the company, but no one would believe me until I showed up one day at school with their first game out, Master Blaster. Boy, I was certainly popular for that week.

Old car radios? Where can I find one? (2, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060898)

Now if someone would tell me where I can find a working positive ground radio for my car (yes, really), I would appreciate it.

Re:Old car radios? Where can I find one? (1)

throbbingbrain.com (443482) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060964)

Now if someone would tell me where I can find a working positive ground radio for my car (yes, really), I would appreciate it.
Just switch the battery cables.

Game Watches (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060901)

These were hours of fun
www.gameandwatch.com [gameandwatch.com]

I found one at home, and it's still working to this day, keeps me from being bored.

Weird answerphone for the car (2, Interesting)

PaulGrimshaw (605950) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060905)

I have a weird answerphone type thing that sits in the car (one of its supposed uses). You record a message and stick a speaker on the inside of the window.

The speakers says "Tap Here" and you do... a few seconds later your message starts playing out.

I have no idea what possible use it could be, but I am pretty sure if it was used now some little git would smash the window just for fun...

Paul.

older than 70s... (3, Interesting)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060911)

someone in the EE lab at my university brought in a really old audio recorder yesterday. It recorded onto wire, which he also brought in. I don't remember how hold he said it was, but to date it I noticed it had a tiny light bulb as the "power light"...so apperently predates transistors and LEDs.

should of googled first: (2, Informative)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060934)

Here's a picture of the recorder: http://www.videointerchange.com/wire_recorder1.htm

80's gaming (2, Interesting)

moltar77 (708055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060917)

Ah, remember this thing [atarihq.com] ? Does anyone know what it actually did anyway?

I remember... (4, Interesting)

TexVex (669445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060921)

I remember having a pocket calculater in the early 80's that played a very simple and addictive little game. It worked using a numeric LCD display. A string of numbers and the occasional letter "n" would march from the right of the display toward the left. On the left was your number. Your goal was to use one button to increment your number and another to fire when it matched some of the numbers marching towards you. When you fired, all of that number were killed, causing the advancing line to retract. If you scored an "n" then the entire advancing numeric army would be wiped out, giving you a breather. The pace would slowly pick up until you simply couldn't keep up any more. There was elementary strategy involved -- do you shoot off this 8 right now, or save it and roll over to the 3 because you can hit three at once?

Good times.

Tom Scholtz's Rockman (3, Interesting)

Nick Driver (238034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060943)

As a guitarist I can't help but think about the original Tom Scholtz Rockman from the 1980's.

Almost unchanged portable (1)

olau (314197) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060945)

I think you can safely say not much has happened since then regarding portable computers [pocketcalculatorshow.com] . Well, nowadays, laptops are rarely equipped with two floppy drives, laptop screens have grown a little and are unlikely to be CRT. And the colours of the case are usually not that ugly, but hey it was the eighties!

All in all, I think anyone here who uses a laptop to hack on would soon feel comfortable with that old beast. Given a decent supply of floppies, of course.

Sony vinyl discman (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060955)

I've been looking for a portable record player that sony put out in about 82-84. It's tall, and clamps a record and holds it vertically, clamping it in the middle. About 80% of the record was exposed, much like the d88 discplayer [pocketcalculatorshow.com] mentioned at the site. A linear needle moves to follow the groove.

Of course you couldn't use this while walking, or even jogging or in a car, but it was the smallest record player I've ever seen. Does anyone know the model number or have more info?

I have a Casio Micro Mini in working condition (1)

mmuskratt (232684) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060956)

Smallest calculator in the world at one point...I think I got it in 1977.

Commodore?? (1, Funny)

Pro_Piracy_Guy (699942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060957)

There is no Commodore Vic 20 in the list!!!

I probably wouldn't even be a g33k now if it wern't for the vic 20. Ahhhh, programming crappy shooter games in BASIC on my T.V., wouldn't have been 1981 without it!

Opps, Forgot the link!!! (0)

Pro_Piracy_Guy (699942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061024)

In case you are to young to know what I am talking about.

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp ?c=252

CED player and discs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8060987)

I think CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc) are cool they're from the 80's. Imagine a vinyl disc. The concept of vinyl playing both audio and video is cool. If you don't know what CED is you can go here [cedmagic.com]

Super 8mm Home Projector (4, Interesting)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8060990)

My father has an old Super 8mm home projector lying around, with a bunch of home movies, which are lying around catching fungus. For nostalgia's sake, we still sit around once/twice a year and watch the old old movies projected on the 1.5x1.5 meter screen.

He desperately wants to convert them to digital format, because they're really fragile. Any pointers, one how to go about this in a cost-effective manner?

We've tried the brute-force method of re-filming the projected video off the wall, but it's *very* lossy. Some of the rare stores that do it charge anything from $5.00 per foot of film and up, which will cost a *lot* of money for the 200 odd reels lying around.

Not exactly on topic, but any pointers to do it at home (I am willing to shell out upto $1000, if I need to buy a kit or something) will be *most* welcome.

Thanks!

Re:Super 8mm Home Projector (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061033)

ack. I have to do this, too! (box of memories crapping out in the basement...)

I haven't looked in a couple of years (yeah, like since 99'!) but there are companies on the web who will "lovingly" (read:expensively) transfer your super 8's to VHS/DVD. If you can find a home-brew solution I'd be very interested, too!

Those ear Radios (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061025)

Those little ear radios are great. When I was in college (and thus could afford not to pay attention) I used to put a portable cd player+fm transmitter in my backpack and then listen to it "wireless" on the ear radio. Problem was the SHITTY battery operated fm transmitters always seemed to drift (the only good ones are the fixed frequency car ones).

Wow (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061057)

Looks like their website is running on some "forgotten electronics."

ID this Electronic device for me (2, Interesting)

Saige (53303) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061058)

Perhaps, while we're discussing old electronics, someone can identify one for me.

It looked like a large calculator - a one line red LED segment display, a number pad and mathematical operators and such. The display and keys were the bottom 1/2 or so of the device, the top half just having artwork on it. It could work as a simple calculator, but that wasn't the main purpose of it.

It had a number of mathematical games in it. A few basic ones, then there were six overlays that went over the top. You selected a game, and the overlay would cover some of the display, leaving holes for information for the games. For example, I remember game #6 being some sort of moon landing like game - you'd select a number for thrust power, and the game would update the display with fuel remaining and distance and such.

There was also a football game, #5 I think, and others that I can't recall.

I remember playing with that quite a bit. I have no clue whatever happened to it.

Other Forgotten Electronics (1)

General Sherman (614373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061066)

Their servers. Never knew what hit them.

Coleco hand-held football and baseball games (3, Interesting)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8061068)

I miss the old Coleco handheld football games, where the "game" was just ten LEDs in a 5 x 2 grid.
Seinfeld mentioned them in "The Toys" episode -- George loved them. Ran on a 9-volt battery.
Man they rocked!

Also: my pre-Atari 2600 Pong machine: On/Off, Tennis/Squash/Pong!

Let's see, forgotten technology: my first student ID at UNC in 1989 had holes punched into it representing my SS#. By the next year they were handing out ones with magnetic stripes.

At my grocery store job in high school, when somebody handed us a credit card, we'd just walk over to this book and see if the number was one of the stolen ones (but only if we didn't "trust" what the person looked like -- i.e. a little old lady). This was because *no one* used credit cards at a grocery store -- very few people had ATM cards.

Manual "Toms" or "Lance" vending machines :: they didn't run on electricity. Purely mechanical devices. Sweet! Usually only found in rural areas.

The main freaky thing about looking at old pictures is seeing how all the companies' logos were completely different, but they all looked normal then!
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