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Guilty pleasure?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Aug 24, 2008 #41 of 102
    djlong

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    In 1973 my adoptive mother bought a Bowmar Brain - 4 function calculator - $85 since it was an older model.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2008 #42 of 102
    smiddy

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    Is it wrong to not feel guilty? I have never felt guilty...and I must admit that I've owned some really whacky marrital aids (whoa, I was going to write something else, but I figured I'd go easy today), which I was proud of to use and abuse (there are some funky gadgets there, trust me). But seeing as we're talking geek fests I would say I had one of those LED football games, that didn't come close to representing a football game at all, but I loved that thing. I wish I still had it, I would sit around for hours playing it.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2008 #43 of 102
    Richard King

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    I still remember the first calculator that I ever saw. At the time I was working for a stock brokerage company. The wife of one of the brokers worked for Northwest Airlines so they would take frequent trips to Northwest destinations. They flew to Tokyo for a weekend one time and he brought back a calculator that would add, subtract, multiply and divide AND it had a % key. It was the hit of the office when he was showing it around. He claims to have spent $650 for it, way back then.

    Was your's a Bomar Brain? :)
     

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  4. Aug 25, 2008 #44 of 102
    Richard King

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    I used to use a slide rule. :nono:
     
  5. Aug 25, 2008 #45 of 102
    Richard King

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    You beat me to it. :lol: but you forgot the picture.
     
  6. Aug 25, 2008 #46 of 102
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    So did I .. still have it. It's a Picket with a nice leather case. The instruction book is called 'how to use log log SLIDE RULES'. Copyright 1953!

    I can't remember if the 4 function was a Bomar Brain but your image sure looks familiar. I wish I still had it.

    My current calculator collection:

    1. The Slide Rule
    2. Texas Instruments SR-50
    3. TI Programmer (Does HEX, OCTAL, DEC conversions and Boolean operations)
    4. Radio Shack TRS-80 Pocket Computer (Programmable in BASIC)
    5. TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator
    6. A recently purchased 'Big Button' calculator useful around tax time.

    --- CHAS
     
  7. Aug 25, 2008 #47 of 102
    Cholly

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    I guess my current guilty pleasure is digital cameras. I have a Nikon D40X 10 megapixel SLR with 18-55 mm and 55-200 mm lenses and a newly acquired Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS point and shoot camera (12X zoom, 7.1 megapixels), having given my Canon PowerShot A80 (3X z00m, 4 megapixels) to my daughter in-law.
    My film cameras (Pentax ME SLR and Samsung Maxima Zoom 105) gather dust.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2008 #48 of 102
    Richard King

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    I had always been an HP calculator fan. There was something about the RPN logic that just made sense for me and I got pretty good with it.

    My first is pictured below, and HP21. I then moved on to the HP-65 and then to the HP41 that I mentioned above.
     

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  9. Aug 26, 2008 #49 of 102
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    The old Coleco Vibrating Football Game
    Playing "Lemonade Stand" on the Apple II
     
  10. Aug 26, 2008 #50 of 102
    Brandon428

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    My god this is the nerdiest website ever. I have never felt more at home!:cuttle:
     
  11. Aug 26, 2008 #51 of 102
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    Sega Dreamcast probably being one of the ones that comes to mind right away.

    Absolutly loved it, better than anything else at the time ( IMO ) and then it failed a slowly disappeared while Grentz tried to hold on and keep it alive :p

    It is still in a storage box today, just waiting to get dusted off and used sometime for a little blast to the past!
     
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    That's cool!!!!!!!!

     
  13. Aug 26, 2008 #53 of 102
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    Nerdiest website? Hmm.. How many of us shop at thinkgeek.com?
     
  14. Aug 26, 2008 #54 of 102
    bobnielsen

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    Hughes Aircraft LED digital watch (mid-1970s), HP-45 LED calculator (I still have and use a HP-11C). I also still have a Pickett slide rule from 1954.
     
  15. Aug 26, 2008 #55 of 102
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    Channel M was a single channel microwave pay tv station before cable tv was big. It later changed to StarTV. In eighth grade (1978), I talked my parents into signing up, but we lived too far away to get a clear signal. The installer said he couldn't hook us up, but if we wanted to tinker around, he gave us a list of parts and stuff. It took a couple of months to collect everything. I soldered together a bunch of parts on a coffee can and could almost get decent quality video that came in and out at will, mostly only at night.

    Then, I moved to Washington DC in 1988 and they didn't have cable in our little area of southwest Washington, so my roommates and I signed up for the 5 or six channel microwave service that was up and running in DC. Same problem though, the installer could not get a locked signal. But he left the equipment on the roof of the townhouse (flat roof which was nice) with the advice that if I could get a signal, he'd come back in a month and lock it down. I tried but never could get more than a fleeting picture for several seconds at a time.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2008 #56 of 102
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    I had the original TRS-80 Color Computer with a whopping 16K of RAM.

    But even this is trumped by my current, remote controlled electronic toilet seat/bidet. It was given to me as a joke, but hey, it's kinda fun in a quirky sort of way.

    Check it out -- I'm sure you'll want one of your own: http://www.brondell.com/swash_movie/swash.html
     
  17. Aug 27, 2008 #57 of 102
    Mike Bertelson

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    A HP-41CV calculator.

    A HP caluclator isn't that unusual....However, I also had the card reader, the leatherette case for storing/sorting cards and add-on modules, and the thermal printer. We won't get into the assorted add-on modules. :p

    Mike
     
  18. Aug 27, 2008 #58 of 102
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    I had a portable 8 track player and a few years ago I decided to track down a atari2600 to play pac man, pong and old games like that lol.
     
  19. Aug 27, 2008 #59 of 102
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    I still have my Dreamcast. It was a good system just not enough games to support it. I loved the NBA game on it and the Sega Bass Fishing. They were some of the best games ever. I play it once in a blue moon. Still pretty fun. It sits but then again so does my PS3.
     
  20. Aug 27, 2008 #60 of 102
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    Believe it or not, I just found my printer and a whole pile of cards for my old 41CV. I think the calculator itself vanished years ago. I'll post some pix later.
     

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