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'Middle' tech Anonymous 02/06/2021 (Sat) 21:32:54 No. 2537
How about a thread for forgotten or abandoned (to chinese knock offs) tech? The middle point between then and now, which isn't now any more. >Walkmans > portable CD players > MP3 players > "I'll just use my phone" >Books > E readers > Tablets > Printer and/or scanner > Printer and scanner all in one Leave video game consoles out of it. LCD games would be the middle tech in that scenario, not the gameboy.
I missed one of the most obvious. >Disposable camera > Digital camera > 'I'll just use my phone Back in the early 2000s having a few pictures on your computer from a digital camera was huge. You could show the 60 year old guy pretending to be your online girlfriend what you looked like. He could send you one he found on myspace back and you would fap to it while cybering.. maybe chat rooms should also be on this list? Any way, they were cool. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket with unlimited storage space for photos so we have instragram and onlyfans.
I miss the variation in form of cellphones. Sliders, flips, bricks.
>PDAs>smartphones PDAs are pretty cool, though im probably just saying that because of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and i mean, theyre pretty much just shittier smartphones.
>>2547 PDAs aren't really a middle tech. They're more like beta smart phones. Black berries were the earliest popular smart phone and the most popular pda.
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Someone thought that making these keyboards was a good idea.
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In the 80's there were tons of 8-bit computers that booted into a BASIC language REPL, which was stored in a ROM on the motherboard or a cartridge. Even the Famicom had a couple BASIC carts and a keyboard too. That was cool because you could start programming right away, no fussing about with OS, IDEs, compilers, software updates, and whatnot. And you could access the entire hardware, totally free to do anything you want. If you messed-up and froze/crashed the computer, that was okay because simply hitting the reset button got you back to a default BASIC prompt within a second. So it really encouraged kids to explore and learn and make their own games and stuff. The computers all came with full manuals, of course. Some of them even had BASIC keywords printed on the keyboard, since those worked as shortcuts (less typing required).
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The Samsung PenmMaster from 1992 was an early tablet. It was ran on a new (at least for the time) Windows pen computing system, which was pretty much the same as the Windows desktop. These things weighed 5.5 pounds and were 11.5 x 9.5 big. Because of their hefty price and limited number, they never saw huge success.
>>2553 Apparently GRiD Systems Corporation had some tablets in 1989 that ran MSDOS. I never saw any of those, but when I joined the military in the early 90's, they had some GRiD laptops like pic with Xenix running on them. We were in the desert and those things tended to overheat unless you kept an ice pack on them. So it was kinda lame. As far as portables go, I much prefer the older low-power stuff like TRS-80 Model 100.
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This is an HP Internet Advisory laptop first produced in 1998 that was specialized for technicians. This beast weighs 20 pounds and runs Windows 95. There is a video by LGR that goes in further detail about these machines, there's a lot of fascinating features on this thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gls-eXUwl9g
>>2549 Looks like a dyslexic simulator.
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I will always value my walkman above all others
>>2549 It looks awful. I want it.
>>2537 Modern MP3 players still exist, and I'm planning on buying one with a lot of storage so i can literally have thousands of songs
>>2585 Everytime I want to get an mp3 player I just think "I have a small computer in my pocket at all times and it can take pictures, call, video, read books, and play music" and then I back out.

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