Cool *but obsolete* electronics you still like?

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  1. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    Thanks to SOTA (State Of The Art) and the mind numbing speed which new tech falls into obsolescence, I have seen a lot of neat electronic gizmos and toys i really wanted, but couldn't seem to buy before they found themselves in the bargin bin at Big Lots or Crazy Dave's Warehouse of Junk.

    One of my faves was the Sony 200 Disc CD Player (and later CD/DVD player.)
    It had a keyboard input, on screen menus, and you could daisy chain several together into your AV receiver.
    But, alas, MP3 players killed that. Now an AV receiver without an Ipod dock or MP3 player input isn't worth having.


    So what was a nifty piece of electronics that you liked but was obsolete about as soon as it hit the stores?

    And yeah, you can admit to liking the Virtual Boy....if you dare.
     
  2. Hook

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    A few things come to mind:

    -Laserdisc players
    -Sony Minidiscs
    -DVD players. Because with the arrival of Blu-ray discs, DVD is the new VHS!
    -Palm Pilot PDAs, before they had Wifi
    -UHF/VHF scanners which let you listen to cell phone conversations and police calls
    -I miss my Kenwood equalizer. it was so pretty to look at. Completed the look of my home theater setup
    -Home theater components. You needed a huge wall unit to house all of the components, not to mention the insanely huge obelisk-like speakers that completed the look.

    Most of these things were current technology merely a decade ago, but things change so fast, it seems like longer.
     
  3. McBradders

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  4. Hook

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    No, but it's certainely LOL worthy :lolol 
     
  5. toma

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    the etch-a-sketch animator 2000. it was the first thing i ever owned that let me make cartoons, before mario paint even. i realize that flash lets me do whatever i want to now, but i always miss that animator. my sisters ripped all the rubber buttons off mine when i was a kid so i can't use it anymore, but i still have it.
     
  6. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    My Aiwa Surround Sound Stereo. It still sounds great! The Cassette deck no longer works, however the 3 cd changer does. How else am I supposed to listen to my CDs? Oh right the PS3.
     
  7. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    I still listen to cassette tapes.
     
  8. Hook

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    8-track tapes make for an excellent anti-theft device in a vehicle. Just leave a few on your car's dash and rest easy that you car's sound system will be safe and sound until you get back :D 
     
  9. Noizemaze

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  10. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Do operating systems count?

    I still like me some of that MS/DOS stuff. I havent tried lately but I use to be able to run all my Wing Commander games (which is to say, all of them :D  ) on my Win XP system but now I have a new PC with Vista.

    I also still have lots of use for my Sidewinder Percision Pro joystick. Although one problem I have when I try to play older games, such as Star War's X-wing and most other MS/DOS games, the games don't respond well to it because this controller has a 3rd axis where you can twist the stick (kinky :wink: ), which is called the Z-axis and game's at that time didnt have any sort of way of recognizing that sort of control, because they only recognized an X and Y axis control.
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    Eric Per sempre marciamo.

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    I still have a VCR. The big ole' box still works like a charm when I watch Wizard of Oz on it.
     
  12. Belgrath

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    I still have my Aiwa Minidisc player (which I bought in '04).

    And I play my MP3/music CDs on my DVD player.
     
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    Vangelus Long Live the New Flesh Moderator Content Contributor

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    I've kept all my minidisc stuff, especially since there are some Botcons from the early 2000s where I recorded a shitload of audio to minidisc.

    I have one of those Sidewinder joysticks too! I bought it entirely for a Mechwarrior game. :lol 
     
  14. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Haha, awsome. Yeah, Microsoft practically centered MechWarrior 4 around that controller. I had it long before MW4 was released though.
     
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    I played MDK with the force feedback version of the Sidewinder, a couple of days at that gave me wrist strain for a week.
     
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    I have the same one. brings me back to my freespace 1 & 2 days. I miss those games.

    also mini discs were cool.
     
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    MDK! Oh how I loved that game. It was very innovative back then.
     
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    Anything Microsoft makes. DVDs. The last generation of game consoles.
     
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    Gameboy Fliptop SP. Awesome little system that I played more than my DS, because it was easier to carry around.
     
  20. Riltht

    Riltht Full-Time Doomsayer

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    VCR/VHS
    Cassettes if they count
    And many weird things I can't name right now.
     

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