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Level 20: Director
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@TimBartel (I keep thinking of Jimmy Bartel when I see your name hehe) I had to rewind your video a number of times to work out what was that word you were saying... "anachronistic" I think, never heard of that word before lol.

 

Anyway, its interesting that you came up with this question. 

 

Years ago I used to run a BBS on a C64 (With 2 inc lines) and D9090 hard-drives (7.5gigs I think they were) that you could fry and egg on the top of them because they go so hot. Eventually I replaced them with a whopping 20gig Lt. Kernal hard-drive.

 

Then, I finally moved over to an Amiga 2000. Which I only recently pulled out of the back room to have a play with. I just have to remember how to run it lol. It would still have the BBS software on it called Xenolink (I think it was).

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Yes, it does need a good clean :-)

 

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

That's one sexy beast you got there @Ozmoz

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Nice one @Ozmoz ! Here's a pic of me at my first computer...I think that's a Wang 2200, but can't tell which model. Technically a minicomputer as it had no discrete processor.Dan first computer.jpgFor the record, I'm the one not in the footy shorts.

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Ok so I'll be showing my age (or lackthereof) here, but my most beloved piece of old tech, was this bad boy:

 

Motorola_Hiptop_1.jpg

The HipTop 3 (or HipTop Slide) was the first phone I ever had on a plan, because it came with a plan designed especially for it. 
It had unlimited access to emails, and an in-built hiptop to hiptop messenger service (kind of like BlackBerry Messenger) 

We were still a little while off from iPhone's and the new wave of smartphones, so outside of a BlackBerry these were as smart as the phones got.

Also my favourite colour is purple
Also overseas this was actually called a "Sidekick"

It really just seemed very cool to me!

Telstra (Retired)
Telstra (Retired)

To answer the question that Big Dan posed, 'Which anachronistic or obsolete tech do you still get a lot of use out of?'

 

For me it would be the original Apple iTouch.  This thing is older than most of my kids, the home and volume buttons don't work anymore but it still gets used every day to play music.

 

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Level 20: Director
Level 20: Director

@Big_Dan Love the pic, would look good done in one of those pics to canvas thingo's.

 

@TimBartel Never heard of that HipTop 3, but for the time it must've been expensive?

 

@Kenobi I know nothing about iphones, I'm android man through and through, but I bet that would've been a few bob when that came out too?

 

I found another box of stuff to go with my Amiga 2000, I could probably sell it all on ebay. Must be collectors around for this stuff somewhere?

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Level 25: The Singularity
Level 25: The Singularity

I've still got my original Nokia C15 Analog Bag Phone (admittedly, it was on Optus) from 1995. Nephew and Nieces still play with it. Still powers up after 23 years, just can't seem to get a signal. Don't know what happened there......

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When the question was first put to me my immediate response was "Old DOS commands."

 

So DIR/P is still a bit irrelevant but I'm surprised at how often I use PING and TRACERT.

 

I am also the most retentive person I know when it comes to Directory structure (no Windows, they aren't "Folders") - I put this down to a program called XTREE or XTREEGOLD. It was all keyboard commands, tag this, copy there, move this, move that. Loved it at the time.

 

I've also been known to find the web versions of Colossal Cave/Advent/Adventure and the Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide text adventures.

Level 25: The Singularity
Level 25: The Singularity

I loved XTREEGOLD, especially the heaxdecimal disk editor, you could always find your deleted files that way and change the ~ at the front of the filename back into a regular letter and magically have your file reappear.

 

As a Project Planner, I also miss a DOS program called Timeline 5. That is where I cut my teeth on scheduling software. Very basic by today's standards, but excellent for making Road Construction Schedules back in the late 1980's and early 1990's (I was still in High School at the time).

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We've kind of digressed from the question - another piece of obsolete or old tech I still get a lot of use out of are analogue watches. Yes I have a smart watch, but deliberately got a model with physical hands so that it at least looks like a real watch.

 

When I'm going out, dressed up, has to rock it old school. I have a weakness for them, and usually end up spending more time considering which one I'm going to wear. I've also taken to pulling the crown out when they aren't in use to preserve the battery.