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2014-02-16 03:24:00 PM
I am calling bullshiat on the overuse of the word hipster.

Most people are annoyed by the ironically living Williamsburg hipster with his portable typewriter at the coffeeshop.

People who mod things in interesting ways are not ironic hipsters by definition, and they have interesting life skills too..
 
2014-02-16 04:30:57 PM
Putting new crap inside old crap is hardly a revolutionary idea.

http://de.viatech.com/de/initiatives/spearhead/mini-itx/case-mods.js p

For instance.
 
2014-02-16 04:33:11 PM

Aquapope: abhorrent1: Why are iPeople so farking stupid?

My dumbass sister spent $450 on and iPad and $200 on a wireless printer (the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home) simply because Skype was so much more difficult for her than Facetime.  I kid you not.


If you have a shared printer from a Windows PC, there are various methods to getting it to broadcast as an AirPrint printer over the LAN. I'm printing to a 10-year-old Brother Laser printer from my iPhone.

I can only conclude that you suck at Google.
 
2014-02-16 04:41:10 PM

Valiente: It's the whole basis for the "middle-aged purchase of a red sportscar".


If you're in your 30s or 40s, with a decent job, and your student loans are paid off, you and your wife didn't do anything stupid, the college fund for the kids is safely squirreled away, and your wallet has finally caught up with all the shiat you thought was cool when you were twelve, you'll probably buy some cool toys too.

Unless you're just completely destitute and stuck in a shiatty, low paying job. the only reprieve from which is alcohol and XBox. In which case; yes, we're totally buying expensive sports cars because we have small penises. Carry on.
 
2014-02-16 04:42:27 PM

dv-ous: Aquapope: abhorrent1: Why are iPeople so farking stupid?

My dumbass sister spent $450 on and iPad and $200 on a wireless printer (the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home) simply because Skype was so much more difficult for her than Facetime.  I kid you not.

If you have a shared printer from a Windows PC, there are various methods to getting it to broadcast as an AirPrint printer over the LAN. I'm printing to a 10-year-old Brother Laser printer from my iPhone.

I can only conclude that you suck at Google.


To expand:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1293865

http://www.airprintactivation.com/
 
2014-02-16 04:48:04 PM

brantgoose: Every possible sitcom plot was invented by two shows: I love Lucy and The Honeymooners. By the time of The Flintstones in 1960, they were all being reused by every sitcom on TV. The Flintstones was the first show to show a man and wife sleeping in the same bed rather than twin beds. That was when pornography began to replace TV.

I like my own version of reality better than the false consensual reality you get from Fox News and CNN.


Well your own version of reality is wrong about the first couple to sleep together in the same bed, unless you are using Canadian revisionist history.

Mary Kay and Johnny shown in the late 40s had them bunking together.

Not to Mention Ozzie and Harriet.
 
2014-02-16 05:07:24 PM

jaymanchu: Never understood all of the hipster hate. They buy Apple products and act/dress douchey or obnoxious.


If you stop there it all makes sense.
 
2014-02-16 05:14:17 PM
The thing is, the antique receivers we are talking about were abysmal, tube circuits were terribly unstable and required tweaking of the fine tuning for up to an hour as the circuits stabilized.  Later developments of the PLL circuits made TV receivers stable enough for good viewing.
 
2014-02-16 05:22:39 PM

dv-ous: Aquapope: abhorrent1: Why are iPeople so farking stupid?

My dumbass sister spent $450 on and iPad and $200 on a wireless printer (the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home) simply because Skype was so much more difficult for her than Facetime.  I kid you not.

If you have a shared printer from a Windows PC, there are various methods to getting it to broadcast as an AirPrint printer over the LAN. I'm printing to a 10-year-old Brother Laser printer from my iPhone.

I can only conclude that your sister sucks at Google.


FTFY

I also refuse to be my families tech support. They end up phoning after midnight to let me know their virus checker found something and to ask what should they do?

If I connect a router to the wall I am then responsible if my nephew comes round and changes the password.

i`d rather watch them buy a new phone every four weeks because the battery does not last three days when being used all day without charging than tell them that batteries just don`t last that long. They have had a blackberry, a HTC, an iPhone 5s, an xperia and the list goes on. They are spending £500 every other month on new phones whilst on a £35/month 2 yr contract that came with a free handset.

They had a PC, 3Ghz dual core and all that was played was Sims 2. It was slow from my niece pressing `yes` to all requests to install *anything* and she wanted to have sims 2 run quicker.

The problem with the PC was it was just bloated and was using onboard graphics. I suggested a cleanout and a gfx card (£50 and some self control) so they went to curries and spent £800 on another PC which was faster but also had no gfx card. After two weeks of installing crap they complained it was slow again. I informed them it was a PEBCAK error.

I`d rather watch my sister buy a new ipad and wireless printer than show then how to use their old one properly as well...
 
2014-02-16 05:50:42 PM
Yes, let's take the iPad mini, a device that is well-loved for its ideal size, light weight, and incredible thinness and make it 10x bulkier, heavier, and more difficult to use.

That's some fine engineering there, kiddo.
 
2014-02-16 05:58:52 PM

Ficoce: zimbomba63: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: zimbomba63: PsychoPhil: Amateurs:

1953 Bendix:
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Screenshot:
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1964 Sylvania color:

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Closeup:
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Yes, the CRT is round.  21FJP22.

Actually watched TV on a round tube, black and white, when I was a kid.  As I remember it, the CRT was about 9 or 10 inches in diameter.  Watched Two Ton Baker, The Music Maker on it, because he had Popeye cartoons.  Maybe Krazy Kat, too. A little bit of the ultraviolence, none of this Sesame Street bullshiat.  Why yes, I'm old.  Very, very, old.

I'm not yet into my third decade of life and I remember our first television as being a tiny black & white CRT. It was a shock when I finally got to see David The Gnome in color.

Third decade!  I only wish.  I'm talking the 1950's, so do the math.

/ If I only knew then, what I know now, I would make all kinds of different mistakes.

Back when a new TV was a neighborhood event and relatives would crawl out of the woodwork. Couldn't just buy stuff on "credit" like you can now, and people would save up for months and do things like only eat meat twice a week to budget the savings in. I remember a family reunion one year during the 60's; one distant cousin's family had never had any TV, but saved an additional six months to bypass B&W and move directly to color.  The whole family showed up and it was a houseful. Only problem was at the last minute Dad had discovered TI had just come out with an electric calculator and blew the whole wad on it. Took all of 5 minutes play with the 4 functions, (+,-,*,/) and see the printout on paper. There were slide rules that could do some real tricks by that time, so I remember most leaving that reunion pretty early. A house with no TV was exciting in those days - the folks couldn't just zone out when old family tension was brought up.


I remember the calculators coming out.  The first one I ever saw was an ad in Scientific American and I think it cost like $150 in 1960's dollars.  Slide rules for high school Chem and Physics.  I'm old, I tell you, OLD!
 
2014-02-16 07:04:36 PM

bmwericus: The thing is, the antique receivers we are talking about were abysmal, tube circuits were terribly unstable and required tweaking of the fine tuning for up to an hour as the circuits stabilized.


Odd.  I flip on my Bendix (yes, I use it daily) and it's up and stable in 3 minutes.  I don't remember when I last touched the fine tuning, though the contrast/brightness get touched every now and then because the new old stock CRT in it is still wearing in somewhat.

Later developments of the PLL circuits made TV receivers stable enough for good viewing.

Dumonts had PLLs in the late 40's for the hold.  IIRC, the RCA 630 had it, too.  Philco had AFT until 1950 when they dropped it as a cost cutting measure.  Color hold on almost all NTSC sets was always a PLL forcing a crystal into synch with the color burst, except on GE sets.
 
2014-02-16 08:41:52 PM

Peter von Nostrand: 1905? They had tv back then? That is retro


I read that as 1950's originally because sometimes I tend to be a bit dyslexic... I guess this is one of those cases that comes in handy ;P
 
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2014-02-16 08:47:15 PM

Peter von Nostrand: 1905? They had tv back then? That is retro


They did, but you probably never heard about it
 
2014-02-16 09:49:17 PM

rebelyell2006:

shanrick: Peter von Nostrand: 1905? They had tv back then? That is retro

1905s. I guess it's plural.

1905 BCE and 1905 CE? So the Egyptians had televisions long before they had electricity and steel? I wonder what King Tut's favorite show was.
Saturday Night Live, of course.

www.morethings.com

 
2014-02-16 10:06:28 PM

Sub Human:

rebelyell2006: shanrick: Peter von Nostrand: 1905? They had tv back then? That is retro

1905s. I guess it's plural.

1905 BCE and 1905 CE? So the Egyptians had televisions long before they had electricity and steel? I wonder what King Tut's favorite show was.

"Everybody Loves Ammit"
Fresh Prince of Luxor?
Welcome back, Akhenaton?
Who's the Pharaoh?
Judea Trek: The Next Generation?
 
2014-02-16 11:44:19 PM
Having a 1950's TV myself, I don't get these retro projects. A flat panel display looks nothing like a CRT, much less like a vintage B&W CRT. If I wanted to watch on a flat panel, I'd just use a stock LCD TV.

Besides, the smell of those hot dusty vacuum tubes of a restored original set is half the charm.
 
2014-02-16 11:47:52 PM

germ78: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: germ78: DarkSoulNoHope: DarkSoulNoHope: GameSprocket: DarkSoulNoHope: Apparently no one can call themselves "retro" like this guy, at least not until he starts selling it. - The 'Dumont' isn't for sale but interested parties can contact Stephenson directly.

Don't worry Hipsters, I am sure one of you one day will sell out to Target or Best Buy with a similar design and make all your "retro television" dreams a reality!

You can buy the Beatles' "White" album on vinyl at Target now. I think they even may sell a turntable to play it on.

A crappy vinyl player too that has a "retro" look.

http://www.target.com/p/crosley-cr66-rochester-5-in-1-entertainment- ce nter-with-auxiliary-input-am-fm-radio-tape-cd-player/-/A-10382955#prod Slot=medium_1_1&term=record+player

Here's a picture of it for those who don't want to click onto the Target website (click on it to see the horrid reviews though).

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My mom has one of those. Absolutely zero bass, so all of your records sound like you're playing them through a tin can.

Do your mother a favor, and take a baseball bat to that groove-destroying piece of crap.

Yeah, but I don't have the $500 to get a decent Technics Turntable.


You can get a decent turntable for a lot less than that if you look around for a used one. They made millions of turntables up through the 80s and a lot of them were better than that modern retro shiat.
 
2014-02-17 12:01:31 AM

ransack.: LesserEvil: Zombalupagus: Screw the hipsters.

But that... that's actually pretty damn awesome.

Though not as awesome as...



I have one of those... very slick, and very useful. Unlike this "TV Set" nonsense, the iCade actually had bluetooth-connected arcade controls. I can use it with our iPad or the HP Touchpad running Android (using MAME and hundreds of classic arcade games).

Wow, you own hundreds of original arcade cabinets? I'd love to see pictures of your collection.
You do own OEM hardware of those ROMs, right?
I mean, you wouldn't illegally steal the property that others have spent thousands of hours creating, just so you can claim to have "hundreds of classic arcade games", right?
Because that would be a retarded thing to do.
Almost as retarded as admitting it publicly.


I have a dozen original cabinets and a dozen more boards. I have a large archive of ROMs too and don't feel the least bit bad about it. For what it's worth, I rarely play them in emulators. I have the cabinet for most of the games I actually like and collect the ROM images for completeness and so I have them in case I need to burn a new ROM for a board I'm repairing.

Knock if off with the holier than thou thing. Do you really expect me to feel guilty for having a ROM image for a 35 year old game that I don't legally own? Do you think whoever owns the assets from Atari or some other long defunct company will sell me a legit copy? This stuff is abandonware, the creators made their money many times over back in the golden years. The only people who give a crap are greedy lawyers and holier than thou douchebags.
 
2014-02-17 12:06:09 AM

noitsnot: Aquapope: ransack.: Aquapope: abhorrent1: Why are iPeople so farking stupid?

My dumbass sister spent $450 on and iPad and $200 on a wireless printer (the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home) simply because Skype was so much more difficult for her than Facetime.  I kid you not.

the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home

I haven't looked myself but I officially guarantee you that someone out there has a solution to this

There may be, but she didn't know of it or only listened to an applejunkie when she decided.  I just did a quick look on the googles and it looks like she's right.

Many people (maybe most people) buy a new $1000 computer every 2 years because the old one "gets too slow" and buying a new one is easier than figuring out how to keep one clean of crap and spyware.

It's how they've learned to cope and it works for them.


If only they saved the recovery disc that came with it. Pop that in and presto, new computer. Most of the time they seem to blame the hardware though, or any problem = "hard drive crashed".

My main desktop is 8 years old, I upgraded the processor with one that was being tossed out at work. Finally speccing out a new core i7 but honestly for what most people do on their PCs this ancient rig is more than adequate.
 
2014-02-17 12:36:31 AM

PsychoPhil: bmwericus: The thing is, the antique receivers we are talking about were abysmal, tube circuits were terribly unstable and required tweaking of the fine tuning for up to an hour as the circuits stabilized.

Odd.  I flip on my Bendix (yes, I use it daily) and it's up and stable in 3 minutes.  I don't remember when I last touched the fine tuning, though the contrast/brightness get touched every now and then because the new old stock CRT in it is still wearing in somewhat.

Later developments of the PLL circuits made TV receivers stable enough for good viewing.

Dumonts had PLLs in the late 40's for the hold.  IIRC, the RCA 630 had it, too.  Philco had AFT until 1950 when they dropped it as a cost cutting measure.  Color hold on almost all NTSC sets was always a PLL forcing a crystal into synch with the color burst, except on GE sets.


I rarely use my antique TV but my Philco 40-180 radio from iirc 1941 gets almost daily use and works great. Primitive as they were, those old tube circuits worked pretty well. Even the bare bones "AA5" transformerless radios worked well, death traps that they are.
 
2014-02-17 02:39:20 AM

LesserEvil: Zombalupagus:  the iCade actually had bluetooth-connected arcade controls. I can use it with our iPad or the HP Touchpad running Android (using MAME and hundreds of classic arcade games).

I may Heart you now, but I'll have to get back to you when I have more time to mess with that.

It never even occurred to me to look for MAME stuff for Android.

/...which may have opened up a whole new world for me. Thanks.
 
2014-02-17 05:36:21 AM

James10952001: PsychoPhil: bmwericus:

I rarely use my antique TV but my Philco 40-180 radio from iirc 1941 gets almost daily use and works great. Primitive as they were, those old tube circuits worked pretty well. Even the bare bones "AA5" transformerless radios worked well, death traps that they are.

very cool. I have my grandpa's old Philco 37-620 that I'm looking to restore at some point...
 
2014-02-17 09:39:11 AM

Enemabag Jones: I am calling bullshiat on the overuse of the word hipster.

Most people are annoyed by the ironically living Williamsburg hipster with his portable typewriter at the coffeeshop.

People who mod things in interesting ways are not ironic hipsters by definition, and they have interesting life skills too..


It's true, subby trolled us. Though some people who mod things might be ironic Hipsters, such as inventing a Rube Goldberg machine for no other reason than to act as an alarm to get them out of bed in the morning! :-P
 
2014-02-17 10:24:27 AM

James10952001: noitsnot: Aquapope: ransack.: Aquapope: abhorrent1: Why are iPeople so farking stupid?

My dumbass sister spent $450 on and iPad and $200 on a wireless printer (the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home) simply because Skype was so much more difficult for her than Facetime.  I kid you not.

the only way to print from an iPad if you have a Windows workgroup network at home

I haven't looked myself but I officially guarantee you that someone out there has a solution to this

There may be, but she didn't know of it or only listened to an applejunkie when she decided.  I just did a quick look on the googles and it looks like she's right.

Many people (maybe most people) buy a new $1000 computer every 2 years because the old one "gets too slow" and buying a new one is easier than figuring out how to keep one clean of crap and spyware.

It's how they've learned to cope and it works for them.

If only they saved the recovery disc that came with it. Pop that in and presto, new computer. Most of the time they seem to blame the hardware though, or any problem = "hard drive crashed".

My main desktop is 8 years old, I upgraded the processor with one that was being tossed out at work. Finally speccing out a new core i7 but honestly for what most people do on their PCs this ancient rig is more than adequate.


They don't give recovery discs anymore, because it would be several DVDs and cost a couple dollars, now they keep all that on a separate partition on the hard drive (sometimes read-only or hidden from Windows) and you access the utility from BIOS (or open firmware or whatever desktops use now)
 
2014-02-17 02:59:31 PM
I'm always the last one to post in the thread. Someday I hope a fark db admin calculates this statistic so I can have my day of recognition and glory.

I'm the threadkiller. Shatterer of worlds.
 
2014-02-17 03:04:55 PM
Nerdfight.
 
2014-02-17 03:42:02 PM

BlueJay206: James10952001: PsychoPhil: bmwericus:

I rarely use my antique TV but my Philco 40-180 radio from iirc 1941 gets almost daily use and works great. Primitive as they were, those old tube circuits worked pretty well. Even the bare bones "AA5" transformerless radios worked well, death traps that they are.
very cool. I have my grandpa's old Philco 37-620 that I'm looking to restore at some point...


Many times all it takes is replacing the capacitors, especially any electrolytic types but usually the wax paper ones too. That and give all the controls a good cleaning. In fixing several old radios I've only found one bad tube so far.
 
2014-02-17 04:42:54 PM
I peed on an old Philips tube radio from the 1930s at the Original Treasure Mart in Kokomo, IN, while I was antiquing crunk one leisurely spring Sunday morning last summer, and it started receiving Sirius satellite radio, even though that's impossible and it wasn't plugged in.
 
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