Other retro tech, then……
@stoner and his ‘handspring’ – pah talk about wrong horse 🙂
But way before that, I wrote programs for these
to interrogate fire extinguisher systems no less. And then I moved on to the mighty
Once wrote a best mans speech on that in Lisbon airport. Nearly crippled me.
I was a Psion fanboi. This was at the time Apple made funny looking computers.Posted 3 years ago
It’s more we ‘vaguely remember the 80s’ Jamie. It’s all so boring now. Back in the day, your opportunity to spend thousands of pounds on stuff that was obsolete before it left the shop was legion. And connectivity generally relied on a serial port and a soldering iron.
C’mon you can’t tell me that doesn’t sound like fun? 🙂Posted 3 years ago
A couple of old watches I wear sometimes:
The HP eats batteries – but it’s not just a simple calculator, it can do calculations on time itself 😀
And the Casio tells you where all the planets in the Solar System are. Which is handy in everyday life.Posted 3 years ago
IR was great. Surreptitiously move a pen into the beam to disconnect the accessory, I once met a man on an aeroplane who wondered why IR didn’t work from 35,000 feet to his desk. I kid you not. How I laughed – like you’d ever get phones or Internet on a plane. Jeez, what a goofball he was 😉Posted 3 years agomurfMember
Was pretty flash in 2001 but next to useless now.
Similar to what happened to my minidisc collection when cd-r became widespread.
A wise decision for once was buying a digital camera in 2000, pics were crap but whenever you took a photo people thought it was something from 100 years in the future!Posted 3 years ago
Love that calculator.
I seem to have a draw full of stuff like this:
Which sort of explains my small but still inexcusable part in the development of this.
Nothing wrong with being a retro tech geek. I mean it’s better than brass rubbing and train spotting. So I tell myself.Posted 3 years ago
crikey, minidisc. I forgot that.
I had one of these
and that reminds me, when I first met Mrs Stoner (2000ish) to be we blew an underspend from our flat refurb on a DVD-RAM recorder that took DVD cartridges. I think it cost about £800 and we put it with a 20″ Sharp Plasma that had been discounted from £5k to £2.5k. It was like watching TV through the bottom of a pyrex dish, but it was a flat panel so we were still KINGS I tell thee!Posted 3 years ago
A mate’s parents had something like this
A technology that went from vaguely niche to entirely obsolete in about the time it takes to eat a wine gum. As opposed to Betamax. Someone should have performed a mercy killing on that. Remember the video shops – 4000 VHS in 50 shelves and a small filing cabinet for Betamax.Posted 3 years ago
Had one of those. Similar to Stoner, first house, kid on the way, spent some saved cash on this to record our firstborns amusing antics. B&W viewfinder, 9000 different connectivity options. About a million quid. It may be in the loft.
I might go and find it. I’m getting depressed now!Posted 3 years agosomafunkSubscriber
I’m another Sony ICF-SW100 fanatic, I’ve had one since late 94, bought it in Duty free when i flew out to Zimbabwe in 94, truly fantastic radio and it kept me company for 6 months in Africa, 6months in Turkey and 6 months in India but my original was taken from my possession thanks to an “unofficial” checkpoint in Northern Kashmir 10 yrs ago, needless to say i bought another when i got back to the UK but i’ve since broke the battery cover as the plastic locks on it are are very small and finding a replacement part is proving hard.
Also had one of those Psions back in 95/96? – i thought it was the dogs bollox at the time and used to play the golf game at every opportunity, i also used it for college work (sometimes) and had all my Thermodynamics formulae compiled into programs that helped me calculate that steam is wet rather than the usual 2 pages of paper calculations. 😀 , i also had the matching printer – i guess i was a bit of a geek.
I also had one of these portable Sony Dat machines but it kept eating tapes for no reasons and i could not find anyone willing to attempt a repair so i sold it as not working on ebay years ago.
I’ve still got my tried and trusted Sony pro Walkman, many an early 90’s rave was recorded on such a machine 😀
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