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Got to cleaning out a few drawers, came across a "Texas Instruments 1750" from 1977
still working. [http://www.datamath.org/BASIC/LCD_Classic/TI-1750.htm]

Also a Sanyo CX2570 solar powered model ready for action.

Both about the size of a playing card, and about 3/8" thick.

I did have a sad little drawer harboring a wad of otherwise inert and deceased Pioneers of the Silicon Age that brought such joy a few mere decades ago. I was able to offload them at long last during a recent dump run.


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Sinclair ZX 81 computer complete with 4K memory module.
 
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I have a very early Canon SLR (digital rebel) that had a mirror come loose. It also needs to be cleaned. It is 10 or 12 mega pixel. Canon wouldn't service it and sold me a refurbished upgrade model for very reasonable price.


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Sony Clie 665. ( Palm pilot)
 
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Original Gameboy. A Palm Pilot. Analog cell phones. Tabletop Donkeykong Jr.
 
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An ancient KMC 100B (Kmart) solar powered calculator...I think it was purchased well over 30+ years ago...it still works as good as new Cool


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Tandy Color Computer. It was the wife's. I'm not real sure why we still have it.


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My series of palm pilots still work....given to the boy who loves them. (5 year old)
Various cell phones of the wife (Mine are all destroyed or lost)...given to the boy who talks on them constantly to imaginary friends unknown.
Old laptop....boy (He types away feverishly). Funny story with this one, last week my computer started acting weird and randomly typing gibberish. I discovered that he had inserted batteries into a discarded keyboard, and was happily typing away in the other room while staring at the blank TV. I'm ashamed to admit that I restarted my computer several times and did virus searches before discovering the real problem. Big Grin

My daughter (13) is starting her own collection of perfectly good calculators. I love how every single new grade requires a new calculator. She is going into 8th grade and already owns 5. I still have my old TI85 (high school) and a more recent Ti84 (college). They both work great, and were both sent home with my daughter when I tried to get her teachers to allow them instead of the recommended ones.


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I still have my old TI85 (high school) and a more recent Ti84 (college). They both work great, and were both sent home with my daughter when I tried to get her teachers to allow them instead of the recommended ones.

What?!?!
The TI-84+ is still widely used in HS and college. It's the #1 Best Seller in graphing calculators on Amazon.
 
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An HP 35. And a Sinclair Scientific calculator kit (unopened package).




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Have an 8088, 286, and 386 chip. Was thinking about mounting them into a frame.







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IBM PS/1 486 processor. Little tank, I've though about pitching it but what a little beast. It had the best keyboard and mouse I've ever owned.


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Have an 8088, 286, and 386 chip. Was thinking about mounting them into a frame.

I have a wafer of naked silicon chips mounted for display in a nice walnut frame. I got it as a present from IBM (who fabricated that wafer) when we completed the design of that chip at Qualcomm. I hadn't thought about it in years. I ought to hang it on the wall – thanks for the remainder!




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Atari 800 PC, with floppy drive and games.

Original IBM PC with dual floppy. Added a 30MB hard drive later for over $300. Thought I was state of the art (actually, I was in 1982).
 
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I still have my old TI85 (high school) and a more recent Ti84 (college). They both work great, and were both sent home with my daughter when I tried to get her teachers to allow them instead of the recommended ones.

What?!?!
The TI-84+ is still widely used in HS and college. It's the #1 Best Seller in graphing calculators on Amazon.


Her grade school and middle school teachers all said she could use it, but they would not spend any time teaching her how to use it. Each year, they have a certain model that matches their overhead/example model...and they teach specifically how to use that. It is HIGHLY recommended. I believe by high school she'll have used enough different models that she should be able to use anything. Until then....I honestly think more pressure should be put on the teachers to utilize the same calculators.

None of the required models have ever been as nice or as expensive as the Ti84.... one teacher told us they used a certain model (I don't remember which) because it was widely available for under $10, and even at that price point she had to keep half a dozen of them for the students whose parents couldn't/wouldn't buy one.

I remember when I was in middle school my step-father refused to buy the recommended calculator for my class and sent me with an HP45. I was completely lost. I barely passed the class with a low C. It was traumatizing enough that I swore I'd never do that to my kids.

**edit, looking at pictures, it may have been a HP17B. I sort of remember it having the display like the HP45 though. It was reverse polish notation, like the 12C. I never did figure out how to do anything other than basic math on it. My teacher couldn't even figure out that much.


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I've got an old Sanyo 4-function calculator with red LED lights bought in the 1970s--I'm sure it would still work if it had new batteries, because it was built like a tank in a metal case. I've also got a TI "luggable" computer I bought in the 1980s and used into the 1990s; I stopped using it when the Y2K issue came along because I wasn't sure what would happen to it. I've not tried booting it up, but they were very solidly built, too, and it would probably try to function. I have an old Sony Trinitron® color TV set--I can't use it because it requires the old TV signals, but it was working when I last tried it in the 1990s. And I've got several fairly old TI calculators around that are still functional.

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I still have a Ditial Equipment Corporation PDP-11/24... does that count?
 
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I still have a Ditial Equipment Corporation PDP-11/24... does that count?


Wow, what in the world do you do with the DEC-11?
 
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Hewlett-Packard 9100A - (1968) first programmable "deskside" calculator - with flatbed plotter and printer.


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Wow, what in the world do you do with the DEC-11?
NOTHING anymore, for sure. It's in a closet, so I don't even dust it.

Back in the day, when I ran a consulting business developing PDP-11 operating system software (IAS, RSX-11M, etc), it was my pride and joy.

Silly, but to this day I can't bear to part with it. I have an irrational affection for the damn thing, even though it's more than a little obsolete (and I don't think I could even boot it).
 
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