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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Soulskill posted about 2 months ago | from the don't-touch-that-dial dept.

Technology 635

An anonymous reader writes: It's the year 2014, and I still have a floppy drive installed on my computer. I don't know why; I don't own any floppy disks, and I haven't used one in probably a decade. But every time I put together a PC, it feels incomplete if I don't have one. I also have a Laserdisc player collecting dust at the bottom of my entertainment center, and I still use IRC to talk to a few friends. Software, hardware, or otherwise, what technology have you had a hard time letting go? (I don't want to put a hard limit on age, so you folks using flip-phones or playing on Dreamcasts or still inexplicably coding in Perl 4, feel free to contribute.)

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Simple (5, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 2 months ago | (#47787727)

[Puts on fire resist gear]
vi. Because emacs is for the devil.

Re:Simple (4, Interesting)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 2 months ago | (#47787791)

that war is over, and vi won

Now, as to interviewing people for IT, who will be working on *nix, asking "emacs or vi" used to be a teasing question, now you're lucky if they know what one or both are.

Re:Simple (5, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | about 2 months ago | (#47787861)

I never did like vi. to damn complicated to remember all the shortcuts. Pico worked well when i needed to save or change something it was always obvious what key needed to be pressed and it allowed me to stop and think to avoid needlessly long run on sentences that users of vi tended to devote long hours to perfecting the stream of thought typing ignoring the simple fact that puncheon is important too.

Yes that was done on purpose.

Re:Simple (3, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | about 2 months ago | (#47788067)

This reads like a letter to the editor in the Onion, if the Onion cared about vi. I honestly can't tell if you're being ironically pro-vi, or if you're just a simple Pico-loving soul.

Re:Simple (2)

msauve (701917) | about 2 months ago | (#47787801)

vi is non-standard.

ed is the standard text editor.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787921)

Wrong. vi is in both POSIX and the Single Unix Specification.

Re:Simple (5, Funny)

bearded_yak (457170) | about 2 months ago | (#47787935)

Only amateurs use emacs, vi, or ed. Real pros use 'echo %variablename% > filename'. After all, who needs to change anything when what you type is already perfection?

Re:Simple (2)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 months ago | (#47787989)

You use an MS DOS inspired shell on a Unix box?

Re:Simple (5, Interesting)

OzPeter (195038) | about 2 months ago | (#47787915)

vi. Because emacs is for the devil.

This year I delved into a Debian system, the first time I had really used a linux system in decades. What scared me was that when I needed to edit something my muscle memory took over and before I knew it I was happily editing away in vi.

I haven't used vi since well before the turn of the century.

Simple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787995)

Emacs. Because vi is for retards.

Re:Simple (5, Interesting)

geekd (14774) | about 2 months ago | (#47788003)

Emacs user here. The only one in an office full of vi users. They and I have our config files set up so that indentation, etc all match, so when we open each other's code it's not all goofy looking.

I *can* use vi, I just prefer emacs, and I always have.

Gopher (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787733)


Hummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787741)

A brain. Can't seem to lry it go.

Re:Hummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787761)

It has bugs in it, I meant "let" not "lry"

Desktop (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787743)

I still like to use a desktop. Curse all you stupid laptop users!

Re: Desktop (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787797)

Long wave radio. FM as well but I don't class that as outdated compaired to digital radio

slashdot (5, Funny)

stormpunk (515019) | about 2 months ago | (#47787749)

I still come here looking for insightful articles and thought-provoking discussions.

Re:slashdot (-1, Flamebait)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 months ago | (#47787787)

Recall, if you will, Einstein's definition of insanity: repeating something time after time and expecting a different result.

Re: slashdot (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787917)

Stop saying that. Einstein never said that. And he was a physicist.

Re: slashdot (5, Funny)

hurfy (735314) | about 2 months ago | (#47787983)

But if you just keep repeating it enough.....

Re:slashdot (1)

jenningsthecat (1525947) | about 2 months ago | (#47787865)

I still come here looking for insightful articles and thought-provoking discussions.

Funny, and at least a little bit true, yet you were modded down. That kind of makes your point for you, doesn't it?

Re:slashdot (1)

starseeker (141897) | about 2 months ago | (#47787979)

Let me guess - are you a Cubs fan?

Re:slashdot (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 months ago | (#47788047)

Sounds like weird innovation that as an old-school technologist I'm not comfortable with. I come to Slashdot for the opposite of those things.

Pen (5, Interesting) (583400) | about 2 months ago | (#47787751)

I'm still using pens and Post-It to take notes, not my phone.

Re:Pen (2)

bearded_yak (457170) | about 2 months ago | (#47787817)

Ah, you new-fanlged young-un with your fancy ink-sticks and sticky-papers. I still use a retractable 1.2mm lead pencil and a pocket notepad.

Re: Pen (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787871)

Wooden pencil and a knife to sharpen it

Clothes (5, Funny)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about 2 months ago | (#47788069)

Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

My watch (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787753)

I still wear a wristwatch. I've worn one constantly since I was 10. I'll probably be buried with one.

Re:My watch (2)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 months ago | (#47788059)

Interesting that wearing a wristwatch might now, again, be more eccentric than wearing a pocketwatch.

How about... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787757)

Slashdot? *grin*

pine (5, Interesting)

Lexible (1038928) | about 2 months ago | (#47787759)

(Well... alpine.)

Re:pine (1)

bearded_yak (457170) | about 2 months ago | (#47787833)

Give me pine, lynx, and ytalk and a cozy VMS shell account and I'll be fine.

The VCR (2)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 2 months ago | (#47787763)

I have movies in that format that still work, and I am reluctant to throw out something that's not broken.

I know, right? Treading that thin line between thrifty and hoarder...

Re:The VCR (3, Interesting)

javajeff (73413) | about 2 months ago | (#47788039)

I tape shows on my VCR. It still works, and I am the master of the fast forward button to avoid commercials.

Good Analog Oscilloscopes (3, Interesting)

SiriusStarr (1196697) | about 2 months ago | (#47787765)

'Nuff said.

Re:Good Analog Oscilloscopes (1)

msauve (701917) | about 2 months ago | (#47787893)

Tek 485, FTW!

A basic land line (2)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 months ago | (#47787767)


blackberry (1)

zlives (2009072) | about 2 months ago | (#47787769)

yup still got my torch and its magnificent 3g speeds (in cell phone terms... its old i think)

IBM Model M (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787775)

When the heat death of the universe comes, that thing will still be tanking along.

Rock. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787783)

Without a rock, I couldn't deal with so many of the problems I have. It even cures stupidity.

Oh all right, it just treats stupidity in others.

Re:Rock. (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 2 months ago | (#47787875)

Well, it's not so much treating it as increasing it to levels that prevent the sufferer from spreading it to others.

Slashdot (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787793)

I still find myself coming to the site many years after it was started.

Re:Slashdot (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 2 months ago | (#47787835)

It's still better for you than streaming kitten videos and/or smoking methamphetamine.

Old towers (4, Interesting)

wes jones (3805027) | about 2 months ago | (#47787807)

I pick up old desktop towers and then put Linux on them. They run like crap, they serve no use, but I like to have them. Something about watching a Gateway 2000 boot up and be "usable" makes me happy.

Telnet-based BBS. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787811)

I've been on it since '93, and it's still going okay: telnet:// (Formerly of UIowa, but split off some six or seven years ago.)

A few small but significant ones ... (5, Interesting)

timothy (36799) | about 2 months ago | (#47787821)

- Model M keyboard (I bought several when they were $5 at the Goodwill, including some with US Government stickers or NASA badges; if I knew then what I know now, I'd have loaded up a storage unit with them ...)

- Nano (sure, it's not as old or as rabidly backed as Certain Other Text Editors, but it's so very nice to use ...)

- Logitech Trackball. Unfortunately, the new ones are junk -- they seem to die in a few months. The old ones lasted me several years apiece.

Wheel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787823)

I can't stop using wheel. I did not buy an overboard yet :/

Eudora (4, Interesting) (771661) | about 2 months ago | (#47787829)

Yes, Eudora [] hasn't updated since '06, but it's still by far my favorite email client.

Good Ol' Books (2)

sunxiemei (3502811) | about 2 months ago | (#47787831)

Do paper books count as old technology? I don't think I'll ever like e-books as much as an actual tree-killing book.

Pretty old? (4, Insightful)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about 2 months ago | (#47787839)

The wheel is pretty old; I don't think I'd want to give up that.

Local storage (5, Insightful)

jenningsthecat (1525947) | about 2 months ago | (#47787845)

They'll pry that from my cold dead fingers.

I use POP3, so I can have local copies of all emails. I keep messages on the server too, so it's easy to sync up several machines - that way I can have them on both my notebook and my desktop. All my music is local, and I keep local copies of any videos, documents, etc. that I care about. Occasionally I even save Web pages as HTML so I can have access to the content even after it changes in or disappears from the wild.

As far as I'm concerned The Cloud is a sometimes-convenient augmentation to local storage, not a replacement for it.

Re:Local storage (2)

BronsCon (927697) | about 2 months ago | (#47787905)

As far as I'm concerned The Cloud is a sometimes-convenient augmentation to local storage, not a replacement for it.

So many times THIS!

People! Keep your files locally! And keep a backup of those files in a remote (non-cloud) location! If you need to access them from literally anywhere, keep them in the cloud, as well; the worst case, then, should the cloud fail you and your home burn down at the same time, is that you have to restore from your remote backup. Better than losing your work altogether just because your cloud provider went belly up or had a RAID card got nuts and eat your data.

Re:Local storage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787963)

+1, same here.

Everybody at work treats me as a grandpa for that, even my boss. I'll be a laughing grandpa the first time google docs, the net or the cloud breaks and only I can access those pesky odf documents.

Just a note: I'm no grandpa. I'm just the only one from my age here at the office actually using local storage and desktop software in preference and sometimes in exclusion to everything else.

Re:Local storage (3, Informative)

kwalker (1383) | about 2 months ago | (#47787965)

If you're going to do that, at least use IMAP (Unless you're a Comcast customer, in which case, you have my condolences). IMAP lets you keep mail on the server and even organize it, rather than just having one huge Inbox. I use it on two desktops, a laptop, a smartphone, two Android tablets, and a webmail client (RoundCube).

Depends on how broadly we're talking (3, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 2 months ago | (#47787847)

Cards, vibrators, air conditioners, vibrators, antibiotics, vibrators, dishwashers, vibrators, ...

Re:Depends on how broadly we're talking (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47787945)

What, you don't have the new iBrator?

Your post reminds me of this scene: []

Re:Depends on how broadly we're talking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787985)

...vibrators... ...they're part of all phones y'know.

Paperback books and bookcase (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787849)

Why spend £50+ on an ebook reader and then buy all my books again? Also I can buy them secondhand for £1 each

Re:Paperback books and bookcase (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 2 months ago | (#47787967)

Why buy them all again? Just buy new books for your reader. It's not like the jump from VHS to DVD, where you had to keep with your VCR *and* the VHS tapes in order for them to be useful; keep the books unless you actually want to get rid of them, in which case you'd either have to buy them again or go without them, anyway.

I have several bookcases (and several more boxes) full of paperbacks and hardcovers, comprised of fiction, nonfiction, and reference, many old, many new, and even a few magazine subscriptions that have found a home on my shelves. I also have a Nook and my wife has a Kindle. Since owning the readers, we've begun buying ebooks for actual reading and dead tree purely for novelty; though, I do still prefer technical manuals in dead tree format, purely for the ability to stick my fingers between the pages of multiple sections and effortlessly flip between them, should I ever find myself needing the information on multiple pages handy all at once. I haven't found a reader that can do that quite as effectively as I can with a physical book quite yet; something like pinning specific pages to tabs would work, but nobody is doing it yet.

Laserdisc, Pocket PC, Nokia phone, Thinkpad T42P. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787855)

I still use my Laserdisc player for watching Star Wars on occasion. It's the best way to watch the original theatrical versions before Lucas started tinkering with them likewise the DVD re-releases with the theatrical versions were supposedly ripped off the LD version anyways.

I have a HP HX4705 Pocket PC. It does everything I need it to. The GUI isn't bad and unlike modern day devices it was designed to let you do stuff, not to do stuff for you. I got tired of trying to trust my iPhone not to change every year and their cloud crap not to do something stupid with my data.

I have a Nokia 8801 cell phone. It makes calls exceptionally well, has BT file transfer capability that works with any major OS (for ringtones and moving recorded calls), and swappable batteries. I know I can rely on it to continue working as a solid phone for the foreseeable future.

Last but not least, I have a T42p Thinkpas, which exclusively runs OS/2 Warp. Why? I dunno. It works, and again I can count on it to continue working the way it does in the future.

I own a ton of modern day crap, but I don't rely on it all the way others do. For shit that matters, I trust devices that were designed to last (no planned obsolescence). IMHO; this modern day pansy ass society of "You don't want to understand how folders work? Fine, we'll hide them all from you" is the worst thing to happen to technology. It all started to go downhill when people decided to make everything accessible to everyone, instead of building tools for people who were actually interested in using them properly.

HP-11C (2)

pipingguy (566974) | about 2 months ago | (#47787869)

Great keypress.

Oh, too much to mention here...but (5, Interesting)

MindPrison (864299) | about 2 months ago | (#47787873)

here goes:

My good old trusty Data I/O 29A with UniPak (it's an Eprom programming station from the 80's) that I just love too much as I can edit Eproms-on-the-fly and enter manual data on it, copy eproms, and it's compatible with the weirdest stuff on the planet.

Commodore SX-64, it's sort of a portable commodore 64 with built in 5.5 inch color screen & floppy disk...all in one practical unit, I have an assembler cartridge for it, and it's actually quite practical for coding 65xx series code on, and quick & dirty electronics projects I just connect to the I/O port (User Port), even in Basic.

My extreme stash of millions and millions of NOS Discrete components from the 50s to the 90s, I can literally built a spaceship with those things, doc Emmet Browns time machine is next. Transistors, Linear Circuits, Cmos, Timers, PCBs, MCUs, Static ram, roms, pal & gals (pain in the *** to program), resistors, solar panels, mics, crystals, coil formers, oscillators, capacitors, reed relays, diode galore, tubes tubes and even more tubes.

All my PCs I've built over some time, gets hard to part with them because 1) I can't get any money form them. 2) I always bought the best stuff. 3) It's not worth the agony of erasing all the pr0n...err...strike that last thing. And they're terribly practical for running old test gear, burners, peripherals etc. that doesn't work with todays computers.

My lovely old test instrument park, oscilloscopes (got at least 5 of them), spectrum analyzer, multimeters galore, function generators, frequency counters, PSUs and whatnots.

I don't even do this stuff enough justice, but you know what a MAN CAVE is? I just love to go into my MAN CAVE and sit there for serenity for hours and hours, even if it's just to write some pointless post here on Slashdot, and surrounded by all this cool stuff make me feel so 1337 H4xx0r and all that (no seriously...) it's like I'm a prop taken out of the old wargames movie (acoustic modems anyone?)

It feels so lovely sitting there with those things, knowing that any second I could build any project I'd ever want. (And I do from time to time), but just because they're THERE...I don't know if anyone of you know this feeling, but it's very energizing. Whenever I feel completely depleted (either me or my batteries) I go there and start at endless wastelands of components. Luuuuuv it!

CDs (4, Interesting)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 months ago | (#47787879)

...because there's something tactile and convenient and immediately gratifying about flipping through a box of CDs, selecting one and slotting it in the player. With most audio gear supporting thumb drives, this doesn't make a lick 'o' sense, I suppose, but there it is.

I could justify this, maybe as it being faster to find a physical CD than it is to navigate the rather clumsy interfaces in some gear, but it's really that it's nice to have something I can physically handle.

I also make it a point to go through supermarket lines with a real cashier rather than a do-it-yourself scanner. Not because I am a technophobe (quite the opposite) but because I like dealing with a real human.

Shoes (1)

darkwing_bmf (178021) | about 2 months ago | (#47787881)

Shoes are old tech, but I can't walk on the hot pavement with bare feet without feeling pain.

Email (5, Insightful)

Kris_J (10111) | about 2 months ago | (#47787887)

I would have thought plain old email is the number one pick in this list. We're all stuck on it even though it's been around for, what, 30 years?

Twit (1)

Peter (Professor) Fo (956906) | about 2 months ago | (#47788099)

Oh gosh horror! 30 years. Then why are we still using those out of date days of the week Monday, Tuesday and so on. It's a disgrace at least 30 times 30 years and were still going strong.

vi/vim (2)

msobkow (48369) | about 2 months ago | (#47787901)

Muscle memory is ingrained after 30 years of using it...

My right hand (2)

warewolfsmith (196722) | about 2 months ago | (#47787903)

In an age of sex bots and realistic toys I just can't see to relax my grip.

Just about everything I own (2)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 2 months ago | (#47787907)

Pushbutton hard-wired phones, world war two vintage drillpress, metal lathe, wood lathe, tablesaw, 1970 Triumph as my not-snowing car, 1990 bicycle for my non-race bike, MOO/MUD's that I've been hanging out on since 1992, Commordore Amiga 2000 (okay, I only fire that up about once every two months.) A lot of my wood chisels are from the 1890's. They all work just fine. My race bike is a brand-new marvel of carbon fiber and magnesium, but I bet it won't last another two seasons, whereas the old bike has over 150,000 kilometers on it. I do now design using switching power supplies, rather than LDO's, and I've moved from PIC to AVR, (and I've always programmed in C rather than assembly) but generally, there has to be a really clear advantage for me to change piles of experience and knowledge for something new.

Holy crap .. let it go man ... (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 2 months ago | (#47787909)

Fuck man, I _still_ have my Apple //e and Apple //c but seriously I don't see the purpose of cluttering up new computers with stuff you never use.

When I upgraded from my old Phenom II X4 955BE to my i7 4770K @ 4.1 GHz I didn't bother with a DVD Burner / Blu-Ray drive. I would rather have something with minimal parts, and is ultra quiet that isn't wasting power.

When I upgraded the MacBook Pro not have a DVD burner or hard-wired ethernet port feels a little weird too, but I realized ... there is a time to hold onto old tech, but most of the time I have to ask:


Not quite old but... (4, Insightful)

nmb3000 (741169) | about 2 months ago | (#47787911)

Firefox 28 (with tabs-on-bottom if you please), Windows 7, and Linux with Gnome 2 (aka MATE).

I'm basically just holding out with old (or "old") software to avoid the current plague of horrible user interface design. The entire "UX designer" movement we're seeing right now is nothing more than a user-hostile circle jerk, doing the perpetuating the same ideas because everyone else is doing it. It's frankly a cancer upon computing, and my only hope is that we eventually see enough pushback from users that the morons at Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and elsewhere realize their mistake, fire all the useless UX blowhards, go back to real usability studies, and let us all get on with a life where we won't always worry that clicking "update" will almost certainly royally fuck everything up.

Re:Not quite old but... (4, Insightful)

Dutch Gun (899105) | about 2 months ago | (#47788083)

Yeah, completely with you there. I'm fine with the anti-skeumorphic trend - it's silly to continue to make things look like now decidedly old-school real-life countparts for it's own sake. But why did color, gradients, gloss, and borders have to go as well?

Now we have flat, borderless, and ugly designs all over the place, and what's worse, I've found these UIs more difficult to use, not less, because you're often left guessing as to where buttons begin or end, or what even is clickable/pushable. A lot of the visual elements removed were important visual cues that simply got tossed out the window.

Fire (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787919)

and the wheel.

IRC (4, Insightful)

starseeker (141897) | about 2 months ago | (#47787927)

IRC is still used as a major form of (semi) real time collaborative tool in free software development. Freenode remains hard to beat for this purpose, and I don't really see it changing anytime soon. It's not so much a question of not giving it up as seeing no compelling reason to replace a (very nicely) working solution to the problem.

Remember these? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787929)

Zip drives. Still used for confidential stuff.

The bicycle (1)

simplypeachy (706253) | about 2 months ago | (#47787933)

I know, actually moving my body using my own effort. Absurd. I just can't help but keep pedalling away.

Re:The bicycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47788081)

Absolutely, I mean how can a billion Chinese be wrong?
For interest, 2 bikes are made for every car [] btw.

Where do you plug the floppy drive in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47787937)

It's been a while since there was a connector for a floppy drive on a motherboard. It kind of disappeared with the PC speaker and on-board 15-pin VGA.

Re:Where do you plug the floppy drive in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47788057)

"Where do you plug the floppy drive in?
It's been a while since there was a connector for a floppy drive on a motherboard. It kind of disappeared with the PC speaker and on-board 15-pin VGA."

That's why he installs also his old motherboard when he builds a 'new' computer.

Home/office phones (1)

Mr_Wisenheimer (3534031) | about 2 months ago | (#47787939)

Even though I haven't had POTS since I moved out of my parents' house at 18, I still don't find mobile phones great for working from home or the office and I use a combination of Skype cordless handsets and a VOIP company that charges about 0.1 cents a minute with no monthly fee.

Obitalk is a great little box I picked up. It allows you to wire your house for POTS for only a few dollars a year and it even lets you dock your cordless phone over blutooth.

I kind of consider my home phone system like my bound books, old-fashioned perhaps but something I will probably never get rid of even though I've moved to newer tech solutions long ago.

Rotary Phone (2)

sk999 (846068) | about 2 months ago | (#47787943)

Mine is from back when you didn't own it - the phone company leased it to you. Built like a brick. Would get rid of it, but it is still the only thing that can test if the phone line is working when the power goes out.

Morse code straight key (2)

CQDX (2720013) | about 2 months ago | (#47787957)

I have a terrible fist but IMHO no station is complete without a straight key on the desk. I have a J-38 and J-37 on a Mae West board.

Computer and data security (2)

simplypeachy (706253) | about 2 months ago | (#47787959)

It's all been about the Cloud for some time now but I'm still old fashioned and prefer to keep my data on my computers and hold myself responsible for ensuring my stuff is actually looked after.

slackware linux (1)

byteframe (924916) | about 2 months ago | (#47787977)

slackware linux

flip-phone? (1)

hammarlund (568027) | about 2 months ago | (#47787981)

I still have a working and connected Western Electric Trimline rotary phone in the kitchen. Wall mount. Anytime the kids or grandkids want to use the phone, I tell them to use that. Watching the facial expression is priceless.

Usenet (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 months ago | (#47787997)

Yes, I still actually participate in discussions on Usenet. I still maintain an nntp server at home, 32 years after my first stint as a news administrator for my first tech job.

A clock with hands (1)

gelfling (6534) | about 2 months ago | (#47788005)

Because however you learn to tell time that's it. Much like you can tell what a person's native language is by asking them what they count in.

Books. (1)

Harry_Bawls (3541417) | about 2 months ago | (#47788007)


Please help... (1)

pbjones (315127) | about 2 months ago | (#47788011)

Using mechanical pencils because they always work, still have a compact Mac with SCSI CDROM to replay old games, married for 36 years, can't give up on that either.

Hard to say... (4, Insightful)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 2 months ago | (#47788017)

Shoes, I guess - my feet get too cold and drop off in the winter, otherwise.

Cable Lacing (5, Interesting)

bearded_yak (457170) | about 2 months ago | (#47788019)

I love cable lacing with waxed linen string. [] I've never seen a more elegant way to bundle cables. Velcro is close, but maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

VB6 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47788027)

The best RAD ever made and because there are so many others like me who will not be forced into a rewrite that we would rather see Microsoft die than accept that they have the right to kill off the best thing they ever made.

Model M Keyboard (5, Funny)

starseeker (141897) | about 2 months ago | (#47788035)

Perfection in engineering... it not only solves the problem of creating the perfect typing experience, it's also tough enough to use as your own personal Hammer of Thor when your office mates storm your cubicle trying to stop the noise.

Flip-phone and damned proud of it, TYVM (1)

kheldan (1460303) | about 2 months ago | (#47788043)

Moto Razr V9. Before anyone calls me a Luddite: I don't have sufficient use for the features of a smartphone to justify the cost of purchasing a smartphone in the first place. I barely use a phone as a phone for that matter, it's only even turned on a few minutes a day unless I'm actually using it to make a call. Seriously, I don't understand how it is so many people treat a cellphone like it's a lifestyle, especially with what a dataplan costs from wireless companies. Yes, I understand you can use wifi instead, but still: why the obsession? I've got any number of other things to do than sit there an obsess over a telephone, regardless of how much processing power it has, etc.

Windows XP (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47788049)

7 is great, but XP just feels snappier, especially in "Windows Classic" style. When I click on that + in the explorer window (not the Internet Explorer), all folder contents instantly open up. Everything just works -- I don't have to "fight" the OS to get it to do what I want.

bulletin board system BBS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47788077)

The internet has nothing on a good BBS.

Apple Newton 2100 (1)

aussersterne (212916) | about 2 months ago | (#47788079)

Also, Olympus E-1 pro digital camera (just 5 megapixels, but weather sealed and with 160,000 shutter actuations and counting).

Oh, and printing stuff.

Flip phone (1)

Arethereanyleft (442474) | about 2 months ago | (#47788087)

I do still have a flip phone - an old LG 600G. I also have a smartphone, but when I go out on kayaking trips, I take the flip phone because if it gets lost/stolen/broken I won't miss it that much.

Mechanical Label Punch (2)

starseeker (141897) | about 2 months ago | (#47788095)

Weird as it sounds with all the electronic label printers you can get today, there's just something about the old style "punch the label as a 3D letter into tape" approach that I prefer. Especially when the tape punch is a serious tool, not those cheap plastic versions: []

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