do we still use old stuff that is obsolete?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by nodnar, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    at mdl we keep track of new developments and the new
    issues that often come with them.

    but we might look over our shoulder, sometimes.
    was wondering if people here are still finding
    uses for really old hardware or software today..

    perhaps as a server, printer server, anything..

    lets see some tips to keep the old stuff out of
    the bin for a little longer...
     
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  2. ancestor(v)

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    I've got an old Minidisc Player which I still use. Not really because it's superior technology but for the fun of it.

    I'm a volunteer fire fighter and I'm using an old alarm monitor (from the early 1970s) at home - the old technology still works :cool: Considering this thingy weighs about 2 kg and modern pagers weigh about 100g being capable of much more... fascinating progress.

    For playing old games I've got a Win 98 laptop which still works good. So if you have a look around in my home you'll find a few pieces of old technology which I just don't want to throw out :cool:
     
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  3. Tito

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    I still have my father's 9 years old IBM Thinkpad R51; all things working fine except the battery.

    :icecream:
     
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  4. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    that kind of thing was what i had in mind.
    folks are consigning perfectly good stuff to
    the bin just because it is obsolete.. to the
    detriment of the old environment.
    i used to have quite a collection of old 80386 s
    and the like, 14 years ago. i used them for
    playing old dos games, and played around with
    getting as much free memory as was then possible,
    just because i liked to tinker with it under dos.
    i just somehow never managed to get around to
    making them usefull, apart from that. lack of
    creative ideas.... but i think it can be done..
     
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  5. budzos

    budzos MDL Addicted

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    Well I have about 650 vinyl albums and 2 turntables that I keep around even though most of them have been replaced by cd's or lossless music.
    I did however ditch my double dubbing cassette deck since I have not used it for 15-20 years.
    budzos
     
  6. Tito

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    You remind me about my cassette deck ;)

    It is still working properly, even its radio too.

    :hug2:
     
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  7. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    If it's old and still useable, why not put it to use?

    I have about 10 synthesizers, most of which are considered "Vintage" (Some are almost 20 years old)

    They work great and I haven't found anything to replace them as of yet.

    Also, if you have an old piece of technology that you don't use, why not give it to someone who can use it?
     
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  8. 35rem

    35rem MDL Novice

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    I'm also a volunteer fire fighter some of our radios use dos programs for programming, the Motorola's also need a slower computer petuim 1 or older
     
  9. Mustafa Can

    Mustafa Can MDL Member

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    I have an old cassette tape & radio player. I connected it's line in to my computer. Cassette tape section is broken but line in & radio still works. I'm using it.:rolleyes: