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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I was at Walmart just now picking up some Christmas presents, and I happened to see the little monitor that cycles through those videos and advertisements at the register reboot. It was running Windows 2000 on what looked like a Dell Inspiron from no earlier than 2005. That's an operating system that's almost 13 years old.

What are some old technologies that you've seen that are still in use? This isn't limited to only computers--anything that's outlived its time. Old machines, kitchen appliances from the '50s, etc.
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:iconstariva:
Stariva Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
when I think about it I know alot of old technoligies still working - sometimes better and more reliable that new stuff
This comment was posted using XP on a 6 year old laptop, my mobile is one of the first with an integrated musicplayer, we still have lots of old working moblies at home (some with extractable antennas), our deep freezer is 25 years old, the elevator is from the early 70s, my mom owns a radio from the 50s (still working), ...
wow, I live in an antique shop :D
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:iconunknownmarksman115:
Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An antique clock, probably early 1900's.
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:iconstarrypawz:
starrypawz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed a lot of displays use XP computers, when I was in college we were still running XP machines until I think it was last year.
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YA-YA2001 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Oh, I have the usual stuff: VCR, cassette players, even a record player (although it's at my sister's house). This is the kind of stuff I grew up with, and I guess I'm too "old school" to bother to replace it all with the latest gadgets. If it still works, why?

But I also have something a bit out of the ordinary: a couple of helium-neon gas lasers from the mid- 1980s. Not really all that old, but totally different from the common diode lasers that are so common now. Lasers have fascinated me since I was in my teens (strange for a girl, I know) and I wanted one sooo bad! But that was before they had cheap laser pointers and other inexpensive lasers, and they were always just way too expensive. That, and the fact that my parents thought I was weird for wanting one, lol! So they never got me one.

But now that I'm on my own, I finally broke down and got me these used lasers. They work fine, but probably don't put out nearly as much power as when they were new. Still really cool, though, and something most people won't have!
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:iconnataliebee:
NatalieBee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I still have my Sega Saturn and Dreamcast, does that count?
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DoMeBABY Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I have an old record player that i got given by my grandad, it still works and i collect records for it, my Michael Jackson and Elvis Records are like my prize possecions. And my mum has an old telephone with a spin dial. :D
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Do you know if that telephone still works?
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:icondomebaby:
DoMeBABY Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
yeah, its been re-wired so it works
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
What year was it from?
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:icondomebaby:
DoMeBABY Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
don't have a clue, its just theree on the coffee table. Its like a prop from heartbeat.
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:iconlazulelle:
Lazulelle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Everything in my house is new. Even the house is new. :shrug:
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
This is a problem.
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:iconlazulelle:
Lazulelle Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Is there any way this problem can be solved? :noes:
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I'm not sure. I forgot what the problem was.
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:iconvargson:
Vargson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A lot of people I have to work with still use VC6 in a professional environment. This is a technology released in 1998 and when I say professional environment, I mean really big companies.
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monipln Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a Moka pot coffeemaker which I still use. It looks like this [link] and I think it's kinda old but it makes amazing coffee so I don't want any of those new coffee machines.
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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I use a 1950's typewriter for writing snail mail, and one of my most favorite things to do is beat eggs with an OLD FASHIONED EGG BEATER (Ok, i don't know if these are really outdated or not. But most people I know use whisks or electric beaters.)
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Snail mail? That's about the most oldschool thing I've heard on here yet.
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:iconthelastfreeunicorn:
TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
xP
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:iconmadoldhag:
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still own a tape recorder and a record player.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Tell me about that tape recorder of yours. :iconstaringmanplz:
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:iconmadoldhag:
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a double cassette tape deck and part of my stereo system. I bought it relatively late, in the late 1990's or so. But it was used, so I don't know how old it is.

My record player I bought from a friend so I know it is from the mid-1980's.
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:iconaliecko:
Aliecko Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Tamagotchi :D
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I haven't heard of those since 2002.
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:iconaliecko:
Aliecko Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
LOL i think we all forgot about it :D
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:iconpegasusqueen:
PegasusQueen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
The qwerty keyboard.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That's an old design, not old technology.
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:iconpegasusqueen:
PegasusQueen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
There are laser keyboards now.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
With a QWERTY key layout.
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:iconpegasusqueen:
PegasusQueen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Because qwerty is old. Lol it's fun to rub your finger on the keyboard to type it.
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:iconsabhira:
Sabhira Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Kitchenaid stand mixer from the 60s that belongs to my Grandma. Hopefully my brand new Kitchenaid with flames on it will last as long.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
With flames?
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:iconsabhira:
Sabhira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, flames. [link]

Makes it go faster. :dummy:
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
...but why?
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:iconsabhira:
Sabhira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Because I can?
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You sound unsure.
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:iconsabhira:
Sabhira Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What do you want from me?!
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Hush, my child. There is no need to be upset.
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:iconprestonthecarartist:
prestonthecarartist Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Photographer
I have a '51 chevy, my dad has about 7 old cars ranging from 1923 to 1968.
my dad runs a restoration shop for old cars.
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:icondutchconnaisseur:
DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
A body from the 1960's.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
How's it holding up?
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:icondutchconnaisseur:
DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
So far so good :-)
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lots of things. Alarm clock from the early 1900s (I have to wind it up, but really, it's not a problem). So that's even before electricity. I got a calculator of the same age which also runs without electricity. It's incredibly heavy, I don't use it though.
I'm also one of those who got a record player, which I do use. It's part of my stereo set which also plays CDs and tapes. All late 80s (including the speakers) and I have yet to hear better sound quality from anything which doesn't cost as much as a car. I got a gramophone at the summer house too.
Until very recently I used a computer microphone from 1997. And my vacuum cleaner is from the 80s.

Yeah. I'm into retro and antique things, so I tend to stick with the stuff as long as they work. I'm 21 by the way. : P
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hopeira9 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
We used i think a 60's model cotton planter this year, and are always using 2 80's model tractors (a 4640 and a 4240 john deere).
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Why are you using a 60's model cotton planter?
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:iconhopeira9:
hopeira9 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
It had the right breaker plow for the job
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I'm not sure what that means, but okay.
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:iconhopeira9:
hopeira9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
:iconsarcasticlunaplz: We needed the right tool for the job. The right tool just happened to be 50 years old.
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:icondevil-thedeviant:
Devil-TheDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a TI scientific calculator from the 90s. Still works great.
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:iconhamburgerhelperplz:
HamburgerHelperPlz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Oh yeah? Which one is it?
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