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    I'm in a number of different communities for retro, dead or abandoned tech, and rarely do those groups overlap. So I'm wondering what other legacy technology folks in this group continue to use/support/develop for. Here's some of my retro-favorites that are still in active use in my home:

    - Sega Dreamcast: back online with the DreamPi kit, and lots of modern mods for solid state drives and wireless controllers
    - Laserdisc: still the best way to watch some movies -- provided you have the right up-converters and adapters!
    - HD-DVD: should have won the war!
    - Mini-disc: just fun to hold, and great battery life
    - Zune HD: still my go-to travel device. Battery needs to be charged like twice a year

    Recently Retired
    - 1st Gen AppleTV: running Linux, it was my home media server until this week when I got my Pi talking to my Amazon Echos to play music, finally deprecating my old faithful 160gb AppleTV

    Update - Apparently I'm also into Pebble watches now, thanks to MWatch and rebble.io
    Last edited by jonwise80; 11/24/2018 at 07:58 PM.
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    Pebble watches are awesome! (Not sure I'd call them retro, per se, but I guess they would get that label being out of business now -- I see them as more of a retro looking-glass; they are retro like and enable all of that retro geekiness pr0n! :P) But yeah, I still wear one.

    But how retro are we saying?
    1920s candlestick phone retro? Got me one of those! (Here's the crazy one: it is hooked up to a VoIP line!)
    How about 1910s pocket watch retro? Yup! That is my primary time device! (I even tinker with them and clocks! The Pebble is mostly for fitness and notifications.)
    1900s steam locomotives? I volunteer at a place with them! :P

    Modern tech wise...
    I have a PS One that my parents got my brother and I. I haven't played it much recently, though. And a GameBoy Color and Advanced; but I don't play many games these days. (Well, except with my heart and my head, but those don't really count... LMAO...)
    from time to time, PalmOS devices. Brings back memories!
    I do enjoy listening to some records (and there are some stuff I have that is only on record). And if you want to drop back about 100 years, I even have a Victrola I've been restoring and listen to some 78s on it from time to time.

    There are a few other things, like modernizing antique lighting in non-destructive ways.

    EDIT:
    Oh! And I also have a "smart" TV running Google TV. However, I no longer use the "smart" part of it (you can probably guess why...).
    Did you know:

    webOS ran on a Treo 800 during initial development.
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    That's awesome. The tiny gears on those old watches terrify me -- I do have a pocket watch that my wife got me on our wedding day. I haven't used it since, but it remains a prized possession.
    I definitely have a couple dozen LPs -- but no player as legit as yours. Mine is one of the "modern" turntables with a Bluetooth transmitter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkirker View Post
    But how retro are we saying?
    1920s candlestick phone retro? Got me one of those! (Here's the crazy one: it is hooked up to a VoIP line!)
    I know this is an old thread, but it's webOS Nation. If you're still here, you're allowed.

    I have an old Northern Telecom black desk rotary phone on a VOIP line too. It's a nice conversation piece and the sound quality is still excellent.

    As for other retro tech, I guess a carbureted pickup and a Panasonic Shockwave CD player occupy more of my time than they should. There are a number of people on gopher/gemini who still have (or have recently acquired) minidisc players.
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    I have two ADAT tapes from back in the day band - but no ADAT player! lol

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    My daily driver is a '73 Corvette with a nice cassette deck, does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudShark22 View Post
    I have two ADAT tapes from back in the day band - but no ADAT player! lol
    That brings back memories. I'd forgotten about Alesis. I tried to order an Alesis Midiverb through my local music store back around 1990. It never arrived, so I ended up using the deposit to buy a Telecaster.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Zyphal View Post
    My daily driver is a '73 Corvette with a nice cassette deck, does that count?
    Definitely! A cassette player was high tech back then. Most people I knew had just a radio or an 8-track bolted on under the dash.
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    I still have my Alesis Quadrasynth and my QS8.
    Use them to record still.

    My 91 3000GTVR4 has only a cassette deck with am/fm. So I guess that does qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudShark22 View Post
    I still have my Alesis Quadrasynth and my QS8.
    I had to Google those, but that's really cool! Do they have a midi interface? I always wanted to hook a midi keyboard up to an Atari ST and try my hand at some 90s synth music...
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    They both handle MiDi outs, in and pass thru.

    I use my QS8 also as a midi controller for some of my more vintage sound modules.

    I cant give up my quadrasynth as it has a mellotron patch that I made that is still my fave over the pre-made ones I have on other devices.

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