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Your oldest gadgets
« on: August 16, 2013, 02:59:53 PM »
These are my oldest gadgets that are still in service. They've been great workhorses. What are yours?

TV (only TV in the house):    Aug 2007 - going strong
Macbook Pro (only one):      Apr 2009 - going strong
PC (only one):                      Jul 2007 - showing it's age but still very usable
iPad (only one):                   Jun 2011 - going strong
Tivo (only one):                    Aug 2007 - showing it's age but still very usable

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 03:04:36 PM »
IBM 486 Thinkpad from around 1998
Not really a gadget but a Panasonic microwave from around 1991
Garmin NUVI GPS from 2007
Wife from 1988 ;-)

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 03:40:05 PM »
my phone is a Sony-Ericsson feature phone circa 2005/2006.

Does my stove count as a gadget?  It's a 1951 Chambers 90-C.

In the process of rebuilding a 1970s era Rockwell table saw (until I can find a nice old Powermatic 66).
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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 03:42:01 PM »
TV - unknown, probably late 90s, bought at Goodwill this May for $0.99
PC - Sept 2008, last upgraded parts Black Friday 2011
laptop - Nov 2009
smartphone - early 2011 (bought two months ago for $20 to replace my 2008 phone that was getting finicky)
Nintendo 64 - 1996
iPod mini - March 2005

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 03:49:16 PM »
TV: 1992 Sony
PC: 2001
MacBook Pro: 2010
Nexus 7 tablet: 2012


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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2013, 04:25:17 PM »
Hmmm.

Cellphone from 2006.
Atari 7800 from 1990? (was a late model, but probably 1-2 years before they were discontinued).
The PC I'm typing this on is from 2002.
Somewhere I've got a transistor radio kicking around from when my Mom was in high school.  50 years or so???
Garmin eMap GPS.  I think I got that back in '99 or 2000?
Sony portable CD player from 1992.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2013, 04:38:45 PM »
Hmm... A bunch of really old stuff and a bunch of really new stuff.

TV - Late 2010.
My desktop - Early 2010.
Wife's laptop - 2012.
My phone - Dec 2012.
Her phone - May 2011.

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NES (1989), SNES (1992), Playstation (1999), PS2 (2001), PS3 (2011)

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2013, 05:01:13 PM »
I think the oldest is the digital clock radio that my dad bought me my freshman year of college--2000
I had a microwave from 2003 until last year when I moved and sold it on CL.  It was still working great and I kind of miss it.
Food processor from 2005, expect to be using it for at least another 10 years
Laptop is from 2009, which frankly I don't think is that old but maybe I'm wrong...?
Cell phone is also from 2009, I'm embarrassed it's that "new" b/c the boyfriend's is from 2005 or 6!!

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2013, 05:50:00 PM »
I have a Playstation 2 from 2001 or so I guess, Dreamcast from 2-3 years before that?

The rest is pretty sad. Desktop from 2011 I spose, this laptop.. yeah I guess that was 2011.

Playbook.. yeah that was 2011 too.

I got a used laptop this year (higher res screen); I think it'd be a 2010.

Phone... secondhand... from 2010 or 2011. But I did get a new one, though I passed it on to my wife as she needed it more than me.

Kobo was this year.

Actually not as bad as I thought.

Still have a netbook from 2009 or 2008, though I tried to sell it.

Oh, Xbox 360 from this year. That was a mistake, mostly.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013, 06:21:11 PM »
GE electric mixer ( hand held, works great although I had to take it apart once to clean) 1977
Nokia cell phone (still using) 2008
Krups espresso machine (used daily) 1994
Desk lamp 1990

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2013, 06:50:53 PM »
An air popcorn popper that I got used for $5 (price is still on the box).  I know it was in my possession by 1995, as I would use it with my girlfriend (now wife).  We still use it.  Ironically, I saw the exact same model in a rummage sale today. :)

My alarm clock is from the 1980's.  I got it new in some sort of a package deal, but the other items are long discarded.  It has an irritating beep that will wake me up! 


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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2013, 08:09:12 PM »
iphone 3GS - 2007...

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2013, 08:22:51 PM »
All (3) of my electronics are pretty old fairly old, for technology.

2008 42" Vizio LCD
2010 Acer netbook
2011 iPhone 3

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2013, 09:21:31 PM »
2005 bar phone (two, actually, one for each of us)

Yogurt maker from the 60s, judging by the non- polarized plug

My 1928 Singer treadle sewing machine (yes, I use it)

1971 Dodge Power Wagon with dually wheels and 4WD

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2013, 09:56:38 PM »
My oldest gadget purchased new is a metronome, ~25 years old.

I have some pretty old stereo equipment (probably 80's, bought used).

I also have some audio recording equipment purchased new, guitar, amps purchased new / used between 5-15 years ago.

Unfortunately, none of my electronics are that old. I have a 2011 Macbook Air, an iPhone 4S, a desktop PC that has bits that are around 10 years old but was upgraded a few years ago (going strong!), and a relatively new LCD TV. The shame of it all... I don't see myself updating the TV or computer for a long time yet, but the laptop and iPhone may get upgraded sooner than that (work related).

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2013, 08:37:32 PM »
Mitsubishi DLP TV - received in 2007 as a Christmas gift from my parents, replaced the bulb a couple of times and the DMD chip failed a year or so ago, but still going... Only TV in my house.

Sony Blu-Ray player - purchased ~2009, started acting weird after a firmware update and replaced under warranty, recently started overheating when playing streaming video, so I just ordered a refurbished Panasonic from Best Buy for about $45 (far cheaper than the original cost of the Sony, for a more capable machine).

Office computer (I supply my own) - Used 2008 iMac purchased in 2009. Maxed out the RAM shortly thereafter. Still does everything I need it to.

Convection toaster oven - Not an electronic gadget, but a gadget nonetheless. Bought in 2007 (and was indispensable when my new microwave went in for a three week warranty repair shortly thereafter).

iPhone 4 - bought in 2010, replaced under warranty in 2011 due to a stuck power button. It's pretty slow and showing its age. My prepaid Straight Talk plan is up in October and I'll be looking for a replacement at that point.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2013, 08:50:17 PM »
Now that I think about it, I guess all my gadgets are old:

iMac - 2007
CRT TV - 2005 (should really just donate it, can't remember the last time any of us watched TV)
Dumbphone - 2010 (don't feel the need to get a smartphone)
Basic food processor - 1990

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2013, 09:26:01 PM »
Does my 1980 Fuji Gran Tourer count? You can't kill bicycles if you try. It's like a zombie movie.

[Edit: oh lord, so many grammar mistakes]
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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2013, 09:42:31 PM »
I 42 inch flat screen HDTV from 2008 is still going strong. Also, a MacBook Pro from 2006. Love both and hope to squeeze more time outta them.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2013, 01:56:32 AM »

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2013, 02:14:32 AM »
nearly posted my 2002 computer on here the last week... then it crashed on friday!
have bought a new computer for urgency reasons but will be restoring the old one. might sell it on, might keep it so i always have 1 machine operational in case of an emergency like friday!

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2013, 06:41:03 AM »

Phone: 2010, HTC Droid Incredible
TV: 2007, Samsung LCD
Computer: 2007
Stereo: 2005
Sega Genesis (2nd Gen): 1992??



iphone 3GS - 2007...

Do you mean you're rocking the original iphone? (release date of 2007) or do you mean 2009 (release date of 3GS)?




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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2013, 06:57:18 AM »
Nintendo (NES) 1983- running strong

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« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2013, 07:23:19 AM »
Sega Genesis (2nd Gen): 1992??

snap! but mine's european so labelled a sega megadrive. only games console i've ever had... not a big gamer suffice to say!

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« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2013, 08:50:42 AM »
Sega Genesis (2nd Gen): 1992??

snap! but mine's european so labelled a sega megadrive. only games console i've ever had... not a big gamer suffice to say!

Nice!  Looking back I only wish I had acquired some of the addons (32x or megacd)...just for nostalgia reasons.  Although most of all I wish my Nomad still worked.  If my nomad still worked I would be hitting NHL94 (the best hockey game ever made) over lunch everyday!  And no....emulators on my android phone are just not the same :(

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2013, 10:49:56 AM »
Xbox1 (not One :) 2001
Viewsonic 37lcd 2005
Thinkpad T60 2007
Thinkpad X60s 2008

Both laptops are fantastic after SSD and memory upgrades, runs Win7 amazing well, I had to purchase a new battery for the x60s but it's a great travel laptop with tons of battery life... the new Ultrabooks look very sweet but honestly I have zero need.  Xbox1 is dated but enjoy old arcade games and this is probably the best emulator unit around.

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« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2013, 12:32:47 PM »
I don't have many old things, but I also graduated college in the past 2 years, so I haven't had time to age stuff.

Phone - 2013 (switched to virgin mobile when my phone hit the two years mark on the old family plan).
Computer - 2009 (It'll need replacement soon as the screen connection is going fuzzy and it's been dropped/cracked near the graphics card, but it still works ok).

No Ipad.
No Ipod,
Sold my Xbox (waste of time)
Car - 2007 civic.
House - I rent, but I'm putting an offer on a 100+ year old house, does that count?

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2013, 01:57:52 PM »
1918 General Electric tabletop fan.



(I win)
A friend of mine has a ~1932 GE fan and that thing is awesome!  They use it with their woodburning furnace all winter out in Iowa.  He got it at an estate sale for $1.
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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2013, 03:15:45 PM »
If gadgets are only electronic stuff, I think my HP12c fnancial calculator is a strong contender.  I don't remember exactly when I got it (was given to me by an acquaintance), but the manual is dated 1982.  I still use it for interest-related calculations.  And IIRC I've only changed the batteries once.

Then there's the microwave, which is from late '80s or early '90s.  I also have several power tools that might date back to the '70s.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #29 on: August 19, 2013, 03:30:17 PM »
Great idea!

1996? - Alarm clock
2005 - 1st gen ipod shuffle
2009 - MacBook Pro

Not gadgets but old stuff:

Grandma's copper kettle - 1940?
Sandals from 1997 (still in great shape!)

It runs in the family. My folks still have their VHS camcorder from 1987(?) and a VHS rewinder shaped like a sports car from about the same era. Oh, and all their furniture is from the 1970's as are the carpets, kitchen counters, etc :)

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2013, 10:09:59 PM »
Oh, and I still have a dial phone on the kitchen wall.  Came with the house, and worked fine up until I cancelled the land-line a year or two ago.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2013, 10:17:18 PM »
Viking sewing machine circa 1989
Just picked up an Elna jubilee sewing machine from around the same era. So much more solid than the ones they make now.

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« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2013, 06:37:02 AM »
We've got a sewing machine that we inherited from my grandmother from the '30s (still works fine).  We have an old tube radio from the 50s that's sitting around in our living room as an end table that my father in law got for free and gave us.  I've also got four early 60's guitar amps kicking around the house that I've either repaired, or am working on repairing.

Probably the oldest stuff we have in the house would be musical instruments.  Late 1800s and early 1900s violins, early 1900s upright piano, crap like that.

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« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2013, 07:46:07 AM »
Non-electronic: Tiger rice cooker: 1992
Electronics:
Macbook 4,1: 2008
Cell phone Droid 2: 2008

I was stopped on the metro one day by a woman who said of my phone, "Oh is that the classic Droid?" as if it was a 1967 Camaro. Why do people keep upgrading all the time? The phone works fine, I can read my email, and it gives me directions.
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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2013, 08:18:00 AM »
Oldest Gadget that I own would be my Turntable. Pioneer PL-115D from 1969. It's almost twice my age and still going strong.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #35 on: August 29, 2013, 06:00:40 AM »
I have a Black and Decker (I think, I'll have to look when I get home) coffee maker from the 60s or 70's. It was my mom's when she was a hip, single lady living it up in NYC. It's harvest gold with woodgrain touches. Still runs great.

My bicycle is a 1987 Schwinn Tempo. :D

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« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2013, 08:06:39 AM »
not me personally but when i was out the other day an e reg (1987) car drove post which i think is about the oldest i've seen that wasn't a classic (it was a bog standard boxy old ford or something similar).

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2013, 09:22:30 AM »
Hard drives from 2004, both still work
Mac mini 2005
black and decker corded drill, 80's something (Dad's old drill)

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« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2013, 09:27:56 AM »
-- Husqvarna Viking Platinum 730 sewing machine, 2002 or earlier. (I bought it used in 2003, but think it is a little older than that... but my mom has me beat with a 1914 Singer Sewing Machine that still works great).
-- Kenmore Serger 385.16644, 1997 or earlier (not sure, left to me by my grandmother.)
-- Macbook laptop, 2006 (got it already used a long time ago, have repaired it a few times).
-- iPod Touch 1G, 2007 (got it used for free)... of course it won't run ANY apps from the App store and has no camera but it works fine for music and the basics.
-- Wacom graphics tablet Intuos2, 2001.
-- Bicycle, 1991 (got it for my 11th birthday but it's an adult-sized bike). Inspired by my dad who still rides the 1-speed bicycle he got for his Bar Mitzvah when he was 13. He's retired now but he used to use it to bike commute to work every day.
-- HTC Evo 4G Android Phone, 2010. (Just bought this used on eBay, I was switching to Ting and couldn't bring my old Samsung Convoy with me).

... and I wish I could have listed my old 1980s Sunbeam stand mixer but it just died a smoking, counter walking black death and cannot be revived. Trying to research a cheap old mixer to buy on eBay or Craigslist, as I'm tempted by a refurbished KitchenAid but $200 just seems like way too much to me.

Meanwhile, I saw an ad today from AT&T Next that made me want to throw up... they have a new plan where you get a new gadget every year (financed of course) and their slogan is "Technology Doesn't Wait. Neither Should You." Because our planetary resources aren't being used up FAST enough?!

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2013, 10:46:50 AM »
Newest gadgets

iMac 2005                                 - still going strong (best computer purchase to date by a wide, wide margin)
Gateway laptop 2007             - resurrected from Vista death by Ubuntu (got it broken, for free), but still dying.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2013, 01:18:02 PM »
Canon AE-1 35mm Camera, 1981. I just ran two rolls of film through it on the weekend.
I recently sold a camera from 1963 (I used it, not just a collectors item).
I have a camera from 1954, but I don't actually use it, so it doesn't count.

Viking Sewing machine, 1960s, not sure on exact year.
My drinking glasses and steak knives were wedding gifts to my parents, do those count?

I'm not really sure any of those really meet the OPs intent though, since film cameras, sewing machines, and steak knives aren't things people upgrade on the 3year/6month cycles lots of gadgets are now on.

My DSLR, which is definitely an upgrade-treadmill gadget, is from 2007 - although I expect to upgrade it this year or early next, so I don't think that counts either. So far I'm sucking at this game.

My phone is running Android 2.3, I think I got it in 2011.
My MP3 player is from the mid 2000s - it runs on a AA battery and takes SD cards. Okay, that one actually counts!

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« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2013, 09:42:04 AM »
Oldest: Kenmore sewing machine circa 1969 (gift from mom when she upgraded ~2002 to one with a quilting foot).  Much older than me!

Other gadgets:
TV: Feb 2008.  Gave mine (summer 2007) to my parents when I moved in with now-DH.
Cell: ~ 2009 flip phone (husband).  I have Aug 2011 iphone.
Laptop: July 2009 (me), Nov/Dec 2009 (husband).  Recently given hand-me-down from dad, not sure on age.
Shuffle/ipod: 2005 (husbands shuffle), 2007 (me - ipod free with points!)
Walkman: ~1999
HP Graphing Calculator: ~1995.  Almost $100 back then, but required for my classes.  My sister and I shared one for a few years.
ETA: Kindle (basic model): Dec 2011 (a gift)
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« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2013, 10:27:19 AM »
HP Graphing Calculator: ~1995.  Almost $100 back then, but required for my classes.

AFAIK, they still are. http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2582 :)

I thought I would suck at this game, and admittedly there are those gadgets from the 60's that are showing up...but I think I'm doing ok!
TV: 23.5" Vizio w/apps, Jan 2011
Comp: 14" Dell Latitude 6400, Nov 2008
E-reader: Sony PRS-600...2008-9? (I got this one too soon, the market wasn't mature yet, so it's rather clunky compared to modern ones. Software-wise, especially.)
MP3: Sansa clip, Summer 2011 (replaced one from early 2007 that died)
Phone: Motorola Atrix, Nov 2011

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2013, 11:42:50 AM »
My oldest gadget is a pocket watch from around 1740 (has a repair receipt from 1752).

Still works!

I win?

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2013, 12:14:29 PM »
My oldest gadget is a pocket watch from around 1740 (has a repair receipt from 1752).

Still works!

I win?

Haha, awesome. You're in the lead.

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« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2013, 01:17:01 PM »
HP Graphing Calculator: ~1995.  Almost $100 back then, but required for my classes.

AFAIK, they still are. http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2582 :)


Ha, too funny.  I remember my mom lecturing us heavily about taking very good care of it...and then remember the "oops" for the first few drops!

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2013, 06:47:10 PM »
Thinkpad X31 from 2003
Desktop PC built in 2008
Sandisk Sansa music player 2006
LG VX8300 cell phone 2006
Original Ipod Touch
19" TV from 1996

Test equipment: Bench multimeters from 1984 and 1986 ;)

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2013, 07:05:35 PM »
Ha, too funny.  I remember my mom lecturing us heavily about taking very good care of it...and then remember the "oops" for the first few drops!

In high school algebra class, our classroom had a bunch of TI-82s. Our teacher explained that they were designed to withstand a drop from waist height. So, every time one of them hit the floor, we would yell, "waist high!" I don't remember any of them breaking, either.

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2013, 07:13:02 PM »
Ha, too funny.  I remember my mom lecturing us heavily about taking very good care of it...and then remember the "oops" for the first few drops!

In high school algebra class, our classroom had a bunch of TI-82s. Our teacher explained that they were designed to withstand a drop from waist height. So, every time one of them hit the floor, we would yell, "waist high!" I don't remember any of them breaking, either.

I had a TI-83+.

My 16 lb. cat loved jumping down from the tallest bookshelf in my room and sticking a (purr)fect four point landing right on the calculator when it was on my desk. It worked for years after that, and probably still does. (I lost it when my backpack was stolen.)

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Re: Your oldest gadgets
« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2013, 08:50:25 AM »
I pullled out the electric handbeaters I inherited from a former roommate (she didn't die - she just left her beaters behind).  They have wood panelling on them, so I hazard a guess they are from the 1970s.  Still working just fine!