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The Wrong Decision

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Stuart Sweet, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    In honor of my choice of HDDVD I have decided to list the wrong technology horses I have backed. I'm not listing every piece of technology I've owned, just the ones that were worthless fairly quickly after purchase, next to what everyone else bought.

    (Somehow I avoided Beta... don't know how)

    Polaroid B/W only --> Polaroid SX-70 or 35mm
    Panasonic Mini Open Reel --> Cassette
    Kodak Disc 1000 --> 35mm (again)
    Atari 800 --> Apple ][
    DEC Rainbow 100 -->IBM PC
    Sega Master System --> Nintendo NES
    Sega Genesis --> Nintendo SNES
    Sharp Wizard --> Pad and paper
    HP 300LX --> Palm Pilot
    Sony .6MP Digital Camera (that wrote to FLOPPIES!) --> 35mm AGAIN
    Kodak Advantix --> 35mm AGAIN!!!
    Olympus Digital Camera that took Smart Media cards --> SD cards
    Optimus Digital Compact Cassette --> CD
    RCA DIVX DVD --> DVD
    Lite-On DVD Recorder --> TiVo

    I'm sure there are others but those ones come to mind.

    What about you all? What piles of electronic mess have you stepped in?
     
  2. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

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    Open Reel pre-recorded --> Cassette

    Laserdisc AC-3 --> DVD DD5.1

    And probably many more that I've blessedly forgotten about.
     
  3. Richard King

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    Laser disc also here, but I enjoyed it while it lasted.
    I have had open reel for years, but never bought any pre-recorded. I always did my own the first time a played a record. I still have three reel to reel machines here.

    Here's one that probably no one jumped into, the ElCasete: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elcaset
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    No but it does remind me that I fully embraced 8" floppies at one time. I never actually bought an 8" disk drive though, couldn't afford it.
     
  5. Nick

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    The...
    1995 - Video Guide - great idea at the time
    1985 - Rabbit VCR Multiplier - worked very well
     
  6. djlong

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    Polavision (lost out to camcorders)
    Amiga 2000 (lost out to PC)
    Disc cameras
    Advantix (though for the kids, this was a nice step between 35mm and 'instamatics')
     
  7. Phil T

    Phil T Active Member DBSTalk Club

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    I have an original Pong game that still works!

    I still have my rabbit and 2 reel to reel machines. I haven't tried to play any of the tapes from the 50's and 60s this decade.

    I hope to retire in three years and archive the tapes to MP3 files, if they still play.

    I used to have a lot of CB radios and built many Heath Kits in the 60's.
    (I really miss building Heath Kits). :(
     
  8. rmartinj

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    Rca Divx Dvd From Circuit City What A Bomb.......
     
  9. Steve Mehs

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    Sega Genesis was awesome. I just got rid of mine 2 or 3 years ago. Actually I wish I would have kept it. You guys think the D* v E* wars are pretty bad here. You ain't seen nothing until you have seen a bunch of 8 year olds arguing over Sega/Sonic v SNES/Mario Bros. The worst that's said here is pretty mild by comparison. My third grade class was divided by game consul. You didn't talk to, associate or share a snack with some on the other side. I was a true blue Sega kid, but I was even shunned by own people because word got out I watched the Super Mario Bros movie on HBO. So you made one right decision, Sega was and always will be > then Nintendo. :)
     
  10. Ron Barry

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    Laser Disc Rocks.. I had one. Loved the intermission where you got to flip the disc. Woo Hoo.

    Oh.. I was one of the lucky Sega Genisis CD add on bombs. Never had a worse experience playing Joe Montana Football. I think they released like 2 titles for the bomb...
     
  11. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Sega which I still have, and play with my four year old, who loves Sonic. The new PS3 has a Sonic game...I'm considering it as the "family" gift. Reading this thread though is making me second guess my thoughts on it.
     
  12. Richard King

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    You might need a convection oven to bake the tapes..... but then you might not depending on how they were stored and what brand they are. I have no convection oven and have several tapes that won't play all the way through. :(
     
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  14. Stuart Sweet

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    Yeah but Selectavision was one of the best names for a product that decade, even though the idea of a video "record" where a needle picked up the information from the disc seems awfully goofy today.
     
  15. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Sony Super Beta
    VHS :)
    RCA Selectavision (CED)
    Texas Instrument TI99-4A
    Radio Shack Pocket PC
    Radio Shack Model 4 Computer
    Amiga A-500
    Amiga CD-32 (Game system)
    Rabbit
    Kodak Disc Camera
    Laserdisc
     
  16. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Oh but I jonesed after that Radio Shack Pocket Computer! Imagine the bad decisions I would have made if I'd only had the money!
     
  17. dhhaines

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    Stuart,

    Did you go through my attic? :lol:

    Except for the last two, I have or had everyone of the others..
     
  18. fwlogue

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    I top had an Amiga what a computer they were
     
  19. Lord Vader

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    An 8-track cassettte adapter I once boought to be able to listen to cassette tapes in a car that only had an 8-track player. What a piece of crap THAT thing was! The sound from the cassettes was as if I was inside a tin can.
     
  20. Richard King

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