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2012-09-22 12:01:49 PM
I can barely remember RadioShack.
 
2012-09-22 12:08:18 PM
I remember those days. People actually used a phone to talk to other people. What a novel idea!

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Not really
 
2012-09-22 12:13:19 PM
My dad had one of those. I can distinctly recall asking my mom why dad was wearing a purse that he talked into.
 
2012-09-22 12:18:04 PM
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/oblig
 
2012-09-22 01:29:26 PM
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Approves.

...or he would, but he's having trouble getting a signal.
 
2012-09-22 01:36:36 PM
I think RadioShack still sells those.
 
2012-09-22 01:43:30 PM

Jamdug!: I can barely remember RadioShack.


I just remember them bugging me for my address anytime I went there to get batteries.
 
2012-09-22 01:51:34 PM
It wasn't *quite* that bulky, but the network group I worked in in the early 90's had the Dreaded Bag Phone of Doom that we each had to carry 24/7 on a weekly rota. The thing weighed a ton and had maybe 1/2 an hour of talk time.

And yes, I got the purse jokes.
 
2012-09-22 01:55:59 PM
I have some contractor buddies who still use bag phones. They do a lot of work out in the county, where reception can be...spotty, to put it mildly. You don't have any trouble getting a signal out in the valleys, unlike newer phones. The biggest issue is finding a carrier that supports that technology. These guys have been changing carriers on a regular basis. I think they're now with the Grace L. Ferguson Airline, Storm Door, and Cell Phone Company.
 
2012-09-22 01:56:16 PM
Oh ha, ha. Old technology is so funny!

fark YOU SUBBY. Without this goofy ginormous cellphone, you would never have your IPhone 5 today.

//Went to a garage sale today and picked up a sweet Pioneer LaserDisc player for $10 along with a copy of the Animated Star Trek on LD.
 
2012-09-22 02:04:36 PM
Around this point Radio Shack went to hell. I grew up tinkering and Rat Shack was the only place to get parts and electrical gizmos. They also hired the kind of people who could answer questions and help you find solutions. Thet stedily turned their back on their core customer base and became a cel phone store with sales people who didn't know a resistor from a transistor. Now that hacking and DIY making has become popular they are trying to get that crowd back but they no longer have the selection to meet our needs. I still go there to buy things if I'm in a hurry but I do most of my purchasing online. Radio Shack can EABOD.
 
2012-09-22 02:07:28 PM
Yep, had one.

/I feel old.
 
2012-09-22 02:09:48 PM
Gough:

I think they're now with the Grace L. Ferguson Airline, Storm Door, and Cell Phone Company.

Bag phones AND a Bob Newhart reference? I guess you're welcome on my lawn then.
 
2012-09-22 02:13:00 PM
redsquid:

Around this point Radio Shack went to hell. I grew up tinkering and Rat Shack was the only place to get parts and electrical gizmos. They also hired the kind of people who could answer questions and help you find solutions. Thet stedily turned their back on their core customer base and became a cel phone store with sales people who didn't know a resistor from a transistor. Now that hacking and DIY making has become popular they are trying to get that crowd back but they no longer have the selection to meet our needs. I still go there to buy things if I'm in a hurry but I do most of my purchasing online. Radio Shack can EABOD.

Yeah, but at least for me that was also around the time I discovered you could get stuff out of catalogs from Jameco, Digikey, Mouser, Hamilton Avnet etc. for about 1/10th what Radio Shack charged.
 
2012-09-22 03:11:50 PM
look closely for the original razor phone!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5ELj5HpV0E
 
2012-09-22 04:48:59 PM
Don't laugh. Before 1989 you couldn't carry a phone around with you. If you could afford to have a phone in your car, the part you talk into was in front while the rest of the phone took up lots of trunk space.

I'm sure in twenty years we will all find today's awesome phones stupid and clumsy. "Ha! Back in 2012 people actually used to send text messages to each other by typing on a virtual keyboard!"
 
2012-09-22 04:53:02 PM

maxheck: redsquid:

Around this point Radio Shack went to hell. I grew up tinkering and Rat Shack was the only place to get parts and electrical gizmos. They also hired the kind of people who could answer questions and help you find solutions. Thet stedily turned their back on their core customer base and became a cel phone store with sales people who didn't know a resistor from a transistor. Now that hacking and DIY making has become popular they are trying to get that crowd back but they no longer have the selection to meet our needs. I still go there to buy things if I'm in a hurry but I do most of my purchasing online. Radio Shack can EABOD.

Yeah, but at least for me that was also around the time I discovered you could get stuff out of catalogs from Jameco, Digikey, Mouser, Hamilton Avnet etc. for about 1/10th what Radio Shack charged.


But you miss that human element when you shop online. Back then, I would look at the other customers at the Shack and wonder if one of them would turn out to be the Unabomber. To be fair, they may have wondered the same about me. It was an mixed and interesting group.

You certainly can get better prices and service online. OTOH, the guys at RS never made me certify than none of the items that I was purchasing would be exported....
 
2012-09-22 05:18:43 PM
 
2012-09-22 05:22:43 PM
thomcochrane.wikispaces.com

Y'all too old for that shiat...
 
2012-09-22 05:32:54 PM
Argh, what is it with this video player that doesn't let me adjust the volume???

Close2TheEdge: //Went to a garage sale today and picked up a sweet Pioneer LaserDisc player for $10 along with a copy of the Animated Star Trek on LD.


Damn, my LD player was stolen... I still have some LDs.
 
2012-09-22 06:31:07 PM

LeroyB: Don't laugh. Before 1989 you couldn't carry a phone around with you. If you could afford to have a phone in your car, the part you talk into was in front while the rest of the phone took up lots of trunk space.

I'm sure in twenty years we will all find today's awesome phones stupid and clumsy. "Ha! Back in 2012 people actually used to send text messages to each other by typing on a virtual keyboard!"


There was the handheld Motorola DynaTAC from 1983. Handheld in the sense a brick is handheld, granted.
 
2012-09-22 06:48:00 PM
If I-phones had batteries that size, maybe they would last more than 15 minutes. If they had a strap and a handset, maye they could survive a drop of more than 2 feet.
 
2012-09-22 07:13:00 PM

Micanope: If I-phones had batteries that size, maybe they would last more than 15 minutes. If they had a strap and a handset, maye they could survive a drop of more than 2 feet.


You can bulk up your iPhone with a heavy-duty case that will survive a hell of a lot, and even with everything turned on an iPhone's talk time is much better than an early analog cell phone's.
 
2012-09-22 10:16:01 PM

Close2TheEdge: Oh ha, ha. Old technology is so funny!

fark YOU SUBBY. Without this goofy ginormous cellphone, you would never have your IPhone 5 today.

//Went to a garage sale today and picked up a sweet Pioneer LaserDisc player for $10 along with a copy of the Animated Star Trek on LD.


I jelly. I SO jelly.
 
2012-09-22 10:40:10 PM
Youse old dawgs!
 
2012-09-22 11:03:28 PM
A battery that size today would get you roughly a year of talk time.
 
2012-09-23 12:13:04 AM

LeroyB: I'm sure in twenty years we will all find today's awesome phones stupid and clumsy.


I would certainly hope so. It's not like innovation is just going to STOP today. Yeesh.
 
2012-09-23 12:18:33 AM
shut up and take my money!
 
2012-09-23 09:14:12 AM
I had one of those. If you left it on in the car with the cord plugged into the cig lighter, you had a dead car battery in 20 minutes.
 
2012-09-23 12:26:48 PM

Close2TheEdge: Oh ha, ha. Old technology is so funny!

fark YOU SUBBY. Without this goofy ginormous cellphone, you would never have your IPhone 5 today.

//Went to a garage sale today and picked up a sweet Pioneer LaserDisc player for $10 along with a copy of the Animated Star Trek on LD.


I don't know where you are in Massachusetts, but should you find your way down New Haven way, I suggest you call ahead to Best Video in Hamden and ask if they have any LDs left. Last I was there, they were unloading a bunch of them.
 
2012-09-23 03:43:22 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Argh, what is it with this video player that doesn't let me adjust the volume???

Close2TheEdge: //Went to a garage sale today and picked up a sweet Pioneer LaserDisc player for $10 along with a copy of the Animated Star Trek on LD.

Damn, my LD player was stolen... I still have some LDs.


I have the Star Wars trilogy on LD. Before all of the edits - first restoration.
 
2012-09-23 09:39:37 PM
I had the Motorola version, which fit in a black bag and weighed a couple of pounds. But it was a great phone.
 
2012-09-23 10:54:38 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: I have the Star Wars trilogy on LD. Before all of the edits - first restoration.


THX1138, before all the crap.
 
2012-09-25 07:08:37 AM
there's no way in hell those teenage girls afforded one of those back in 1989, that's like $1200 in today's dollar
 
2012-09-25 10:13:19 PM
1989.....no Internet for the public. Just BBS's. PCs had big ass floppy drives and a CD-ROM drive cost you some BUCK$$$ back then. Hell, I don't even remember seeing a CD-ROM in a PC back then. And I was already out of college.

/Get off my lawn after you find my onion
 
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