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1980s technology

  1. 2 years ago

    Sure, technology is pretty amazing now days, but we should give a shout out to some old favorites that helped pave the way.

    Phones: I wanted one of these clear phones where you could see all the parts so badly when I was a kid. One of my friends had one and I thought it was awesome.

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    Wall phones: Remember when you needed a super long phone cord to get any privacy?
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    Push button: My family had one that looked like this. (The heading for this image on the search was old, 1980s type -image-, they make it sound like that's a bad thing!)
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  2. andyandy

    15 Apr 2015 Moderator

    One of my neighbors had one of these computer modems:

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    I've always wanted one of these Seiko Watches that could be placed into a dock and turned into a computer system...

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  3. One of my favorites was this model, which we had in our living room:

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    There was a giant red button on the bottom that acted as the hang up/receiver button.

  4. I've never seen a phone like that Vaporman, so awesome. Also, missed out on a Seiko watch computer system andyandy. Amazing! There should be a revival of some of these products. Thanks for sharing!

    My dad spent a lot of time traveling for work in his car in the '80s, so his company car had a car phone like this one. Over the few years he had one, three times people smashed either his side window or his windshield to try and steal the phone. All of the times, someone from our neighborhood ran outside to scare them off. Hard for me to believe this, now that most people walk around carry their own phone....
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  5. andyandy

    18 Apr 2015 Moderator

    The only person that could seriously pull off one of those giant brick phones was Paul E. Dangerously.
    The mullet ties it all together.

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    Bonus points if you recognize the blond guy next to him... 

  6. AC Slater

    19 Apr 2015 Administrator

    Hmm.. only?? What about Zack Morris?

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  7. andyandy

    19 Apr 2015 Moderator

    @AC Slater Hmm.. only?? What about Zack Morris?

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    Good point. May be one of those east coast vs west coast debates like in and out vs five guys.

  8. AC Slater

    19 Apr 2015 Administrator
    Edited 2 years ago by AC Slater

    Hmm... I think I'd rather go to 5 Guys than In and Out if I had choose.

  9. I am mobile right now (ironically) but someone please post a picture for me of the sports illustrated sneaker phone!  I had one of those bad boys...that was the only thing better than the swimsuit issue to a teenage boy!

  10. AC Slater

    19 Apr 2015 Administrator

    I remember those. I wanted one, but my dad always told me stuff ordered from TV was crappy. I don't know if he meant it or just said it so I wouldn't want stuff that popped up on TV informercials.

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  11. The Casio Watch:
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    I was thinking the same thing, but someone else beat me to this comparison.
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  12. Keyboards: I still have a small pink Casio keyboard I got as a kid. I don't have any natural musical talent, but I used to think that I came up with some cool compositions.  ;)I wish they were saved in the keyboard for all this time! I loved the keys that were suppose to be a flute and violin sound. Plus, my favorite color as a kid was pink.
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  13. @andyandy Bonus points if you recognize the blond guy next to him...

    Oh wow. It's Steve Austin as a woman!  -image-

  14. Edited 2 years ago by tangerine

    More musical keyboards:
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    Double Dare knew what a good prize was:
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    Keytars!:
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    Gem's bandmate (Even the dolls were hip in the '80s):
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  15. AC Slater

    15 Jun 2015 Administrator

    @tangerine Keyboards: I still have a small pink Casio keyboard I got as a kid. I don't have any natural musical talent, but I used to think that I came up with some cool compositions.  ;)I wish they were saved in the keyboard for all this time! I loved the keys that were suppose to be a flute and violin sound. Plus, my favorite color as a kid was pink.
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    You have some cool 80's items from your childhood... time to start a Tangie collection thread. :(

  16. Boom boxes:

    I still have a fondness for boom boxes. Brings me right back to the '80s. Pop in a cassette tape or turn on the radio, it's all good. Impromptu break dancing, you're ready.
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    We all carried them around on our shoulders:

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    Grandmaster Flash:
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    Madonna:
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    Used one to try and win over our main squeeze (from the movie Say Anything):
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    With a removable keyboard!:
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  17. AC Slater

    22 Jun 2015 Administrator

    Cool, I have that one with the detachable keyboard :(

    The classroom computers or computer classrooms, looked like these, some type of Apple II.

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  18. AC Slater

    20 Jul 2015 Administrator

    Although invented well before the 80's, the microwave became more ubiquitous during that decade due to tweaks to the design that made them less expensive. I remember it being a big deal when my family bought one for the first time.

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  19. To this day I still don't stand in front of a microwave when it is working because my mom used to always say to me, "Don't stand in front of the microwave!" I liked to see the food go around and around, but I guess everyone was scared of the potential radiation.

    I want this book, look at the feast your microwave can make. Book was published in 1985.
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  20. andyandy

    21 Jul 2015 Moderator

    Yeah, it was a big deal when we got our first microwave at home. I distinctly remember the first time someone burnt popcorn in the microwave and how the smell lingered for a few days.  Now, thanks to modern science, we have the popcorn button so all is good in the world. No more burnt popcorn! 

    It's kind of sad that microwave cooking has turned into such a cornerstone of home dining. It takes almost as long to cook an egg in the microwave as it does to cook one on the stove top.

    But without microwaves, we wouldn't have Bagel Bites and Hot Pockets so maybe the trade off is worth it.

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