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Old 11-01-2019, 07:04 PM   #1
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Using "Old" Technology-Any body still use these?

While visiting DS, I was cleaning out a drawer. It included a bunch of tech devices that were too obsolete for him. I have them and have ordered chargers, downloaded manuals, etc. I will get all of them to work. I want to know if YOU still have any of them and are you happy with them.

An Ipod classic A1136 with 30GB of storage. It appears to be from 2006-2007.

A FitBit Flex from 2013.

A Samsung Gear Fit SM-R350. From 2014?

An Apple Fire TV - maybe 2nd generation.

Ipod Nano-7th generation. 2012-2017. Great workout music.

And a bunch of Tile devices used to help you locate your keys, etc. These would be the original Tiles - white.
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No help with the devices you mentioned I'm afraid but I still listen frequently to a Dual 1019 built in 1964. It sounds wonderful. Does that count?
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About 300 to 400 pounds of old electronics, from the original "Pong" game and a 1980+ Commodore 64 where I taught myself DOS. Includes every thing imaginable from a 1978 portable Fax machine to a Gerber IVB signmaker, as well as about 15 computers and tablets. "Hoarder Galore". Was disappointed when my "Sharper Image" weather station from the 90's stopped receiving updates last year.

When we have to move, it's going to cost me $1,000+ to get rid of some of this stuff. In the meantime, I still have a ball resurrecting some of my toys, just to see if they still work. Pac Man and Game Boy still work, and I play "Bloobs" every day.

Hey!... some people collect old coins... what fun is there in that?
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Still using iPod nano 5th generation. The built-in FM radio tuner is useful.
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My computer recycling program gets these by the binful.
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I am rather technology averse, the only reason I have a smart phone is it is my wife's old one, when she upgraded. I have never downloaded an App, have never had my own personal music, and only text about once a week, never been on Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, or IM'd anyone. Most days, I watch whatever is on regular TV, don't access Hulu, Netfilx, or binge watch anything.
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About 300 to 400 pounds of old electronics, from the original "Pong" game and a 1980+ Commodore 64 where I taught myself DOS. Includes every thing imaginable from a 1978 portable Fax machine to a Gerber IVB signmaker, as well as about 15 computers and tablets. "Hoarder Galore". Was disappointed when my "Sharper Image" weather station from the 90's stopped receiving updates last year.

When we have to move, it's going to cost me $1,000+ to get rid of some of this stuff. In the meantime, I still have a ball resurrecting some of my toys, just to see if they still work. Pac Man and Game Boy still work, and I play "Bloobs" every day.

Hey!... some people collect old coins... what fun is there in that?
Old electronics is a good hobby. It's inexpensive too, and just takes some space. Not for those living in RVs or a tiny house.
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I had a 2013 Fitbit flex, but it didnít last past 2014. Donít use much old technology at home, with the exception of woodworking hand tools such as chisels, hand planes, drawknife, etc. and whenever I need to survey something, I use a transit made in the 1970ís.
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I give some of the working, usable, but just old stuff to Good Will.

Other stuff gets fixed and repurposed, or fixed and out to Good Will.

Some stuff I strip for any usable parts for my hobbies, the rest to recycling. Or straight to recycling.

I have some retro-classic things that are probably of worth to someone. They fetch maybe $50-$100 on ebay (sold prices, not asking), but I don't want to go through the hassle of that. I'd like to get them to someone who might appreciate them, but I don't want to do any work. Maybe the Next Door group, but that's still gonna be a small audience for some specialized stuff. I'm talking original C-64, Atari computers, original 3-com 'Audrey' (working) and two original Apple Newton's (and these work when I put in batteries). DW wants them out of the house, and I can't blame her, they just take up space.

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Still using iPod nano 5th generation. The built-in FM radio tuner is useful.
I have a nano too. Itís a really great music machine, but I just donít use it anymore. It would be great for a runner being that it is so small and light. But, I donít run. My phone has just taken over all the old electronic gadgets I use to use.
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The more intrusive that "new tech" gets, the more I am appreciating "old tech".
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I have a nano too. Itís a really great music machine, but I just donít use it anymore. It would be great for a runner being that it is so small and light. But, I donít run. My phone has just taken over all the old electronic gadgets I use to use.
The runner here is still using 3rd gen iPod Shuffle. Battery still keeps a charge for an hour.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204217

Some of the iPod models on that page (like 5th gen) can capture video. I never did use that feature. Have to give it a try next week.

Today is electronic recycling day. Each year there's less to take out. Had a funny thought just now. There was an old guy in the Apple ii users group (1990?) who had an entire basement filled with old computer stuff, like terminals and 5-inch drives. I remember thinking, where did all this stuff come from, and why does he keep it? Now I am woke to that...
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DW uses her iPod Nano 2g every day. I keep telling her she can use her shiny new iPhone 11 but she won’t do it. Oh well, whatever she likes is fine. Happy wife happy life.

I just recycled an old 3 megapixel Canon point and shoot camera from around 2001 or so. DW said I should use it but even the cameras in the phones these days are much better, and the battery probably won’t charge anyway, not to mention there’s no way to read the old compact flash memory card.
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I'm finding this with tools now that I'm doing some manual labor. I pull out my dad's 50 year old hammer, and it looks, uh, old.

Turns out some of the new innovations in tools are helpful. Handles on swinging impact tools (hammers, axes, etc.) not made of wood are an innovation.

However, some tools are classic. I'm thinking of my "Channel Lock" pliers. Can't beat the 40 year old version I have.
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Anyone have one of those aftermarket stations/docks for their ipod classic?
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DW still has her iPod Nano 2nd gen with her name engraved in the case. She doesn't use it as we left Apple in the dust a long time ago. I have old Magellan GPS along with a Garmin unit sitting in the drawer along with a lot of other stuff I haven't used in years. 2 way FRS radios anyone? I still use my old Hitachi O'scope about once every few years. My AV receiver hasn't been turned on in a few years. Maybe it is time to donate that stuff. And don't even ask about that Pioneer turntable. They are now desirable again. Whoda thunk? 2 VHS recorders sit in the closet, perfectly good, gathering dust. This year I actually had to buy a CB radio for a trip across Alaska for emergency use. That will sit for a few more decades, I'm sure.

My hand tools, some are nearing 50 years old, are doing just fine and see service quite often. I still have and use my 1st DMM (digital multi-meter) which is now 39 years old according to my records. That, and my trusty Simpson 260!

I really need to dump some of that cr@p!
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I'm still using my 1999 Dell Dimension 4100 desktop for my rental business.

I'm also still using my late DMIL's 1947 International Harvester Refrigerator for my winemaking. It keeps things ice cold but the freezer compartment won't keep ice cream frozen, but DMIL said that 20 years ago!
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I just checked again; my two Pickett slide rules need no batteries. Neither does my E-6B computer. So I am ready for the apocalypse.
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iPod Shuffle - great gym music device. Does not weigh down your shirt. If it gets lost, who cares. I never wanted to bring my iPhone into the gym.
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I give some of the working, usable, but just old stuff to Good Will.

Other stuff gets fixed and repurposed, or fixed and out to Good Will.

Some stuff I strip for any usable parts for my hobbies, the rest to recycling. Or straight to recycling.

I have some retro-classic things that are probably of worth to someone. They fetch maybe $50-$100 on ebay (sold prices, not asking), but I don't want to go through the hassle of that. I'd like to get them to someone who might appreciate them, but I don't want to do any work. Maybe the Next Door group, but that's still gonna be a small audience for some specialized stuff. I'm talking original C-64, Atari computers, original 3-com 'Audrey' (working) and two original Apple Newton's (and these work when I put in batteries). DW wants them out of the house, and I can't blame her, they just take up space.

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I just bought this for our bought-in-1983 Apple //e:

https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/

Hopefully I can get all my old Infocom games loaded to the above...
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