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What's the oldest piece of technology you use everyday?

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I use an old piece of shit laptop from 2005 to put all my porn on and also if i want to disappear from the internet.
I also take a LG Lollipop flipphone to work everyday. I put so many stickers on it
 
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I use an old piece of shit laptop from 2005 to put all my porn on and also if i want to disappear from the internet.
I also take a LG Lollipop flipphone to work everyday. I put so many stickers on it
Bet you that piece of shit laptop is still far better than 55% of modern laptops.
 
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Bet you that piece of shit laptop is still far better than 55% of modern laptops.
No literally. The thing is so powerful. idk what kind of crack those intel employees were smoking but ive never had a problem with it
 
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No literally. The thing is so powerful. idk what kind of crack those intel employees were smoking but ive never had a problem with it
Bless my t420s. Its a miracle with 16 gbs of ram and debian
 
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Probably my Toshiba laptop (2014-2016 or so) that was another family member's as of now, tho on a non-daily basis it would be my v1 firmware DS so that was likely 2004-2006 or so
 
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More than a month later I still wage war with the headphones from the 80's I've mentioned just above. Every adapter I've tried for some reason loses contact on ocassion. It's not critical, but I want to avoid that, and so, I think, I'll resort to resoldering it to 3.5 mm jack after all.
I'm also not quite sure why, but every adapter is allowing for some movement for some reason? The adapters in question are 6.35 mm to 3.5 mm jacks, and it's the first time I've actually had to use one, so I'm not sure if it should have some freedom of movement or if it is just the infamous quality of chinese manufacturers showing yet again. Frankly, I'm quite sure there should not be any movement in there - an educated guess from the fact that all my 3.5 mm to whatever adapters are quite precise and do not allow for any kind of movement.
Also, the wire of the headphones is a bit too short, so I need an additional jack-jack wire for extension... Kind of starting to wonder if I'll ever be able to make it work smoothly in the end of the day. I've really thought it would be much easier, but so far I've ended up with a bunch of adapters, which are, it seems, good for nothing. At least they were cheap.

Sounds like you need to get a real adapter from a real Hi-Fi shop
 
More than a month later I still wage war with the headphones from the 80's I've mentioned just above. Every adapter I've tried for some reason loses contact on ocassion. It's not critical, but I want to avoid that, and so, I think, I'll resort to resoldering it to 3.5 mm jack after all.
I'm also not quite sure why, but every adapter is allowing for some movement for some reason? The adapters in question are 6.35 mm to 3.5 mm jacks, and it's the first time I've actually had to use one, so I'm not sure if it should have some freedom of movement or if it is just the infamous quality of chinese manufacturers showing yet again. Frankly, I'm quite sure there should not be any movement in there - an educated guess from the fact that all my 3.5 mm to whatever adapters are quite precise and do not allow for any kind of movement.
Also, the wire of the headphones is a bit too short, so I need an additional jack-jack wire for extension... Kind of starting to wonder if I'll ever be able to make it work smoothly in the end of the day. I've really thought it would be much easier, but so far I've ended up with a bunch of adapters, which are, it seems, good for nothing. At least they were cheap.
I got a pair of Sony DR-S3 last year, worn out pads, 6.33mm jack, ecc. I completely disassembled them, removed the old glue that held the drivers, put new one, got a 3.5mm cable + new pads. They sound really good for being 45 years old (1979). I followed this guide
 
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I got a pair of Sony DR-S3 last year, worn out pads, 6.33mm jack, ecc. I completely disassembled them, removed the old glue that held the drivers, put new one, got a 3.5mm cable + new pads. They sound really good for being 45 years old (1979). I followed this guide
My unit is soviet (Head) Telephone Dynamic Stereophonic 6 aka TDS-6. I definitely do not want to disassemble them, as so far they work perfectly. The sound quality is quite comparable to my current headphones, which is more than enough - I definitely do not want to hear any more imperfections in my vinyl records. I do though have to make some closer comparsions after I'll move to 3.5 mm jack properly. Then I'll be able to tell if these oldies will be my everyday headphones.
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Your article mentioned padding, but the padding on my unit is beyond gorgeous. I've never had such a perfect padding in any of my headphones. It's soft, and the sound isolation is pretty much total: I'm almost deaf to the outside when I wear them, and that's even before I play any sounds.
If anything, my only regret is that the plastic is a bit worn - couple scratches and the likes, the unit definitely has been in use. And the fact that I have the big jack likely indicates that the wire has already been resoldered - the original connector should have been the soviet one, like on the photo.
 
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My unit is soviet (Head) Telephone Dynamic Stereophonic 6 aka TDS-6. I definitely do not want to disassemble them, as so far they work perfectly. The sound quality is quite comparable to my current headphones, which is more than enough - I definitely do not want to hear any more imperfections in my vinyl records. I do though have to make some closer comparsions after I'll move to 3.5 mm jack properly. Then I'll be able to tell if these oldies will be my everyday headphones.
1702079272-429253-tds-6.jpg

Your article mentioned padding, but the padding on my unit is beyond gorgeous. I've never had such a perfect padding in any of my headphones. It's soft, and the sound isolation is pretty much total: I'm almost deaf to the outside when I wear them, and that's even before I play any sounds.
If anything, my only regret is that the plastic is a bit worn - couple scratches and the likes, the unit definitely has been in use. And the fact that I have the big jack likely indicates that the wire has already been resoldered - the original connector should have been the soviet one, like on the photo.
I replaced the padding on mine because it was worn out, if ain't broke, don't fix it!
 
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Well, I've finally found a 3.5 to 2.5 jack that works nicely with my N-Gage, and now I'm in a bit of a... confusion... about a music player.
Thing is, the default music player on N-Gage is awesome, with terrific audio quality and stereo. But it lack fast forward or rewind, which seem to be rather a crucial feature for me.
And all the third-party players I've found have terrible audio quality. It seems like they've all been written for QD in mind, and, as far as the internet says, QD didn't even have a built-in mp3 player to start with?
Man, if that is true - am I glad that I've chosen a classic N-Gage.

Anyway, I know this is a stretch, but still kinda hope someone knows a good .sis music player. I've tried about five different ones at this point and it gets rather frustrating.
 
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Depends on what you mean by technology. I use a knife every day, that could be defined by the technology of a knife (thousands of years old), the steel the blade's made of (either 2200ish years for the concept of steelmaking or about a century for modern metallurgy), or the polymer handle (perhaps 70 years).
If not that, does the x86 instruction set count? My computer uses it, and it originates in 1972. What about the idea of a microprocessor? That's a few years older - 1968 for the first one in the form of the F-14's CADC.
 
Depends on what you mean by technology. I use a knife every day, that could be defined by the technology of a knife (thousands of years old), the steel the blade's made of (either 2200ish years for the concept of steelmaking or about a century for modern metallurgy), or the polymer handle (perhaps 70 years).
If not that, does the x86 instruction set count? My computer uses it, and it originates in 1972. What about the idea of a microprocessor? That's a few years older - 1968 for the first one in the form of the F-14's CADC.
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Depends on what you mean by technology. I use a knife every day, that could be defined by the technology of a knife (thousands of years old), the steel the blade's made of (either 2200ish years for the concept of steelmaking or about a century for modern metallurgy), or the polymer handle (perhaps 70 years).
If not that, does the x86 instruction set count? My computer uses it, and it originates in 1972. What about the idea of a microprocessor? That's a few years older - 1968 for the first one in the form of the F-14's CADC.
bruh by this logic the QWERTY layout is considered the oldest technology considering that was made in the 19th century.
 
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Well, I've finally found time to re-solder the connector on my TDS-6 headphones mentioned above, and this seemingly solved all the problems.
After some back and forth between them and my current headphones, I've decided that TDS-6 will indeed become my new piece of retro tech I will use on usual ocassion. The quality of sound is definitely comparable. I'm not sure which one is actually better, but TDS-6 do have less noise, and therefore the sound at least seems cleaner and deeper. Which is awful, really - this means I will hear even more clicks and other imperfections in my vinyl recordings, and my clean-up section will likely take even more hours than they take now. The nightmare.
But I simply cannot resist the opportunity to actually use another piece of retro tech, especially when it is actually good. These massive heavy phones are awesome on my head. I dig the ability of mechanical adjustment of channels on these, and the sound isolation, as I've mentioned, is pretty much total. Definitely solid headphones. Here's hoping they will serve me for a long time.
The wire was a bit short, but I've anticipated that, so I've preventively bought a cool looking translucent elongating 3.5 mm jack wire. Totally rad, I'd say: I love the looks of transparent plastics and it hides the rather ugly and massive jack I've soldered to the headphones somewhere under the table. The looks and the functionality. Awesome.

As for my N-Gage, so far I've settled on the default music player. Surely, the lack of abiltiy to rewind or fast forward kind of sucks, especially in some 10-minutes long classical or funk pieces, but to be honest, I'm not going to use my N-Gage for music often either way. And when I'm going to use it - well, the sound quality of the default player is the top. And it also seem the only player that supports the original N-Gage's stereo - all the other players I've tried (about a dozen of them) are mono, and the only one that is supposed to be stereo throws up an error.
I still can't get my head around the fact that N-Gage QD didn't have stereo and lacked a built-in music player. Man, if I'd chosen a QD, I'd have to make do with these mono players... They are really bad. Am I glad my tastes lead me towards the original model.

That's about it, I guess. Not sure when I'll have the opportunity to add some other retro tech to my everyday life.
 
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