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7 Old-School Technologies With Die Hard Fans (That Borat Would Call "Very Nice")

Articles in Computer Hardware | By August R. Garcia

Published 2 weeks agoTue, 29 Jan 2019 17:31:09 -0800 | Last update 2 weeks agoSat, 02 Feb 2019 22:21:14 -0800

Do you have seven examples of old electronics, machines, and/or other similar technologies that are still used by specific groups of people for various reasons?

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As they say, some technology is trash. For example, the IBM Model M makes every other keyboard look like garbage.

You might ask, "do you have seven examples of old electronics, machines, and/or other similar technologies that are still used by specific groups of people for various reasons?"

Do you have seven examples of old electronics, machines, and/or other similar technologies that are still used by specific groups of people for various reasons?

- You

It turns out, the answer is "yes."

7 Old-School Technologies With Die Hard Fans (That Borat Would Call "Very Nice")

Phonographs

Many people need to find information about phonographs. For example, every month, roughly 250 people find them asking themselves "Thomas Edison’s fascination with what invention inspired him to develop the phonograph?" The answer to which is "the telephone" and also "please drop out of the neomarxist indoctrination camp that you are currently in."

Anyway, there are also groups of people who discuss phonographs for real, like the users on the Talking Machine Forum. These cocksuckers have over 20,000 threads about phonographs. Very nice. Some highlights include:

If you need to find some of the finest forum threads about phonographs, you're in the right area.

Typewriters

As you know, when you illegally buy drugs from some communist, he will often try to sell you a $40 sword on the way out, which is a fine deal. However, no one who is marginally sane would ever take the other deal that your communist drug deal offers, which is of course to rent a typewriter for $9 per month. Fuck that shit; just buy a typewriter send a pandering letter to Tom Hanks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTtDb73NkNM

Anyway, it turns out that there are a lot of typewriter enthusiasts, with at least eight typewriter forums on the information superhighway. For example, this thread on the Typewriter Talk forum contains over 1,500 posts by users discussing their latest typewriter acquisitions. If you thought that the IBM Model M was lout as fuck, get a load of the typewriters that these guys restore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5waZJIjc-WI

Anyway, typewriters are important for the finest bait, such as the video above.

Cassette Tapes, Video Tapes, Magnetic Tape Data Storage, and other Tape-Based Media

At the time of this post, the Tape Heads forum contains 63,353 threads and 814,419 posts by 35,570 members discussing "all things tape, audio and music." As described by their home page:

At Tapeheads, you'll find topics pertaining to both analog and digital audio, including general use, tips and techniques, equipment and music reviews, how and where to purchase, market pricing and more. [...] Our mission encompasses not only the preservation of the vanishing art of analog music recording and playback, it also includes all formats, in both analog and digital. And you'll find discussions about tape itself, vintage and modern cassettes, reel to reel decks, 8-track players and recorders, DAT, Compact Disc players, turntables and vinyl, the music systems required to make the magic "reel," and much, much more. 

[...] If you are dissatisfied with the weak sound of modern minimalist digital sound systems, are looking for that elusive magic or just want to get back in touch with "how it used to be," make Tapeheads your home!

Source: http://www.tapeheads.net/

As Borat might say, "very nice."

Tape-based storage is also used in the form of magnetic tape data storage, which is useful for data archival purposes. While modern hard drives and solid state drives generally have a lifespan in the range of 3-10 years, tape-based storage is generally expected to last a minimum of ten years, with manufacturers rating magnetic tape storage devices to last for up to thirty years.

Old Phones

As you know, there are many legends associated with telephones, such as this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9StMuWF4MvQ

Or that time that someone paid almost a quarter of a million dollars for a phone that probably didn't even belong to Hitler

But unless you have a perfect strain of autism, you probably don't know as much about telephones as telephone enthusiasts, such as the people who repair classic rotary phones, antique pay phones, and other classic telephones.

Old Radios

Okay, fuck this section of the article. You want to know about antique radios? Go to these links and then come back:

Or watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38O_pVdS0iQ

Very nice.

Light Bulbs

Apparently, according to one survey conducted by Moen, out of 2,000 respondents born between 1982 and 2004, 6 out of 10 people reported that they could not change a light bulb. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL_IbUrLxyk

I mean, that survey is probably bullshit filler from a local news segment, but whatever.

Anyway, here's some shit that you probably didn't know that there is an Internet forum for: Light bulb enthusiasts. In fact, here are multiple light bulb forums that Borat might call "very nice":

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TVs and Computer Monitors

CRT TVs

CRT TVs are different from CRT computer monitors, which you can learn more about in this video, if that's something that you want to do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofK3MI3xM_4

As mentioned in the video below, older CRT setups have an input lag of roughly 3-4 milliseconds, whereas digital LCD setups have an input lag of roughly eight milliseconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCJ782MQ-fg

To talk to the finest enthusiasts for vitage televisions--including CRT TVs--you can also go to the Video Karma forum.

CRT Computer Monitors

Despite many considering CRT computer monitors to be "fucking trash," they have historically been more advanced than the average consumer might think. For example, John Carmack can be seen using a 28 inch, 1080p monitor in 1995 in the photo shown in this article.

In comparison to LCD monitors, CRT computer monitors:

  • Have better color representation
  • Are more responsive than LCV monitors
    • And are also less susceptible to motion blur
  • Are able to support more resolutions
  • Are harder to damage

Of course, it should be noted that CRT monitors:

  • Take up a fucking shit ton of space
  • Use more energy than LCD monitors
  • Are generally more difficult to adjust and reposition than LCD monitors
  • Can be harder to find than LCD monitors

Notably, CRT computer monitors have a following by video game enthusiasts, who have discussed the reasons why they prefer CRTs over LCD monitors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMSffFDQFgU

If you need to dab on the haters in an epic Fortnite™ Battle Royal™, you might kill yourself buy one of the finest CRT monitors.

In Conclusion

As they say in my home country, "as the titular character of Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 hit film Borat once remarked, 'it's very nice.'"

As the titular character of Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 hit film Borat once remarked, 'it's very nice.'

- A saying in my home country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBduNcf1eQc

The end.

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