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(Do You Remember)   Where have you gone, Compaq, Eastern Airlines, and Tower Records? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)   (doyouremember.com ) divider line
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2014-08-19 08:34:50 AM  
There are 2 Texico stations, not more than a few miles from my house
 
2014-08-19 08:36:27 AM  
I remember some of these brands. Heck, when I visit my grandmother in the hospital on Saturday nights the TVs in the rooms were Zeniths. She is fine now, but I haven't seen a working Zenith since the 1990s.
 
2014-08-19 08:38:09 AM  
Mom has a Zenith.
 
2014-08-19 08:47:36 AM  
Sony and Panosonic has pretty much cornered the TV market
 
2014-08-19 09:01:17 AM  
doyouremember.com

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-19 09:32:55 AM  
I always liked Compaq's hardware.
 
2014-08-19 10:04:32 AM  
I still have the toy plane an Eastern pilot gave me on my first flight ever.

I'm glad I said I DID like movies about gladiators.
 
2014-08-19 10:16:38 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.


My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75
 
2014-08-19 10:16:49 AM  
Destroying Compaq was the only successful thing Fiorina did

/she did a pretty good job on HP, too, come to think of it
 
2014-08-19 10:40:26 AM  
www.cbc.ca
 
2014-08-19 10:52:09 AM  
I worked at CompUSSR during the late 90's. A time when Compaq was churning out stuff like this:

www.oocities.org

Yeah, you remember that POS, don't you? Your parents or your uncle had one at one point. Got it on sale at CompUSSR or Sam's Club or Office Max, refurbished! Only $699!

God those things were awful. People would buy these brand new, bring them back for a return when the mobo or HD exploded, and the sales manager would cave and take it if the customer promised to buy a new printer and an extended warranty. Then it was up to the tech shop to "refurbish" it and make some money back on it.

Refurbishing the computer consisted of the following steps:

1. Order a replacement mobo, CPU, and RAM from Compaq. Doesn't matter what was wrong initially, just do it. Chances are the replacement you get is refurbished too and will be bad anyway.
2. Reload the image from CD. Boot it up and try to figure out if the oversized Quantum Bigfoot HD (old school tech people just made the sign of the Cross instinctively) is just crappy-slow, or if it actually might have some bad sectors.
3. Did it boot at least once successfully? Congratulations! You refurbished a computer! Slap that bad boy in a box and put it out on the floor!
4. Someone wants to buy this refurbished computer! But they're no fools...they want to see it boot first. Hook it up and cross your fingers that it boots a second time. No, ma'am, that sound it's making is perfectly normal, you won't notice it when it's below your desk.
5. Oh no! The refurbished computer has come back with problems! Sorry, we can't replace it since it's refurbished, but it's still under warranty! We'll just go ahead and order a new mobo, CPU, RAM, HD, CD drive, sound card, video card, and power supply for it
6. That's weird. This new mobo I got from Compaq has "BAD" written in Sharpie across the circuits, in my handwriting. Oh well I'm sure they tested it thoroughly!

The funniest part was when Compaq would get mad that we were ordering too many replacement parts, and not testing them properly. You know, because that Compaq diagnostics CD with the mem/CPU tester they ripped off/rebranded from some shareware site is super accurate.
 
2014-08-19 10:52:57 AM  
Ah, a list of random defunct companies.  Why would you miss Texaco?  It's a gas station.  They sold gas and soda.
 
2014-08-19 11:02:38 AM  
The author seemed to be picking crap out of thin air.

Some things (Pan Am) seem to recall times of glory and style. Other brands still exist, but not in any form one might recognize (Texaco, Polaroid). Others are hinted at in the header but never mentioned (AMC). Yet others aren't even damn brands- the Rambler wasn't a brand, it was a model. First built by Nash, then by AMC.
 
2014-08-19 11:03:56 AM  

Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75


Packard Bell doesn't have anything to do with Compaq.
 
2014-08-19 11:13:07 AM  

spawn73: Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75

Packard Bell doesn't have anything to do with Compaq.


Well, both made incredibly shiatty computers.  That's something.
 
2014-08-19 11:13:21 AM  

jayhawk88: worked at CompUSSR during the late 90's. A time when Compaq was churning out stuff like this:


Their desktop sucked.  Their servers and top end business PCs were pretty nice.
 
2014-08-19 11:18:36 AM  
No mention of Blockbuster?
 
2014-08-19 11:21:15 AM  
I miss Tower Records and Virgin Music stores.
 
2014-08-19 11:22:12 AM  
Why would I reminisce fondly about an oil major before it was purchased by another oil major?  They just sell commodities.  Does he prefer Cargill corn over ADM corn?
 
2014-08-19 11:28:52 AM  

NeoCortex42: spawn73: Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75

Packard Bell doesn't have anything to do with Compaq.

Well, both made incredibly shiatty computers.  That's something.


I kinda thought Compaq were OK, but overpriced.

Packard Bell is cheap junk.
 
2014-08-19 11:37:07 AM  

NeoCortex42: spawn73: Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75

Packard Bell doesn't have anything to do with Compaq.

Well, both made incredibly shiatty computers.  That's something.

CSB?
the P-75 Packard Bell my mom bought as an open-box purchase in... 94... still runs Windows 95 and gets monthly use by my uncle as a word-processor / electronic typewriter. I told him I am destroying it next year by pouring a bunch of alcohol over it on its 21st birthday. Surprisingly NO REPAIRS throughout its life. No new MB no powersupply, NOTHING. I upgraded the ram, modem, and put Windows 95 on it from the WfW 3.31 that it came with.
Pretty sure its the last of its kind. Now I'm not a hunter sort of person, but I kind of now at least understand the urge to destroy something rare.
/csb
 
2014-08-19 11:47:59 AM  

Trance750: Sony and Panosonic has pretty much cornered the TV market


Sharp, Samsung, and Visio would like a word.
 
2014-08-19 11:51:24 AM  

wingnut396: jayhawk88: worked at CompUSSR during the late 90's. A time when Compaq was churning out stuff like this:

Their desktop sucked.  Their servers and top end business PCs were pretty nice.


Yeah, most computer companies had very different lines for consumer and business use.

Compaq's business line was just fine. Their consumer line, yeah, in the late 90s it sucked. So did most other consumer grade PCs then... Packard Bell by then had gone from making competent clones to outright garbage. There just weren't many consumer grade machines then that were worth squat- they were all trying to do funky things with the enclosures... that usually meant proprietary parts that were expensive to replace and poor heat management that killed them that much faster.
 
2014-08-19 11:57:00 AM  
I miss Tower Records. Those calendars they gave out for free were nice. The stores were huge, and at one point they had a machine that created really nice mixtapes in store. I always laughed at how large their laserdisc section was. Who owned a laserdisc player?

But I really miss the HMV store they had in Harvard Square. I thought it was a better music store than Tower.
 
2014-08-19 12:14:09 PM  
Scary to think I'm old enough that I've flown on Eastern, TWA *and* Pan-Am. And Western, too ("the oooooonly way to fly"). Not to mention Northwest Orient...  Deregulating airlines and combining companies, I suppose I still am. Delta and United still suck, but I miss the old tail-flash of United's jets...Good Gads, I flew North Central (later Republic) too! I should have swiped stuff...
 
2014-08-19 12:17:18 PM  
RCA was purchased by GE. It's sorta still around.
 
2014-08-19 12:20:03 PM  

SharkaPult: NeoCortex42: spawn73: Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75

Packard Bell doesn't have anything to do with Compaq.

Well, both made incredibly shiatty computers.  That's something.
CSB?
the P-75 Packard Bell my mom bought as an open-box purchase in... 94... still runs Windows 95 and gets monthly use by my uncle as a word-processor / electronic typewriter. I told him I am destroying it next year by pouring a bunch of alcohol over it on its 21st birthday. Surprisingly NO REPAIRS throughout its life. No new MB no powersupply, NOTHING. I upgraded the ram, modem, and put Windows 95 on it from the WfW 3.31 that it came with.
Pretty sure its the last of its kind. Now I'm not a hunter sort of person, but I kind of now at least understand the urge to destroy something rare.
/csb

 
2014-08-19 12:26:48 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Does anyone else miss the Allied Paper Company?  For me they're right up there with other great old brands like Texaco and the Knox Glass Bottle Company.  Man, they sure sold some great paper, gas, and glass bottles.  These days it's all about Georgia Pacific, Exxon, and Owens-Illinois (O-I), I guess.  Sigh.
 
2014-08-19 12:37:49 PM  

Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75


*shudders*

I still have night terrors about Packard Bell computers.
 
2014-08-19 01:07:24 PM  

Artcurus: Trance750: DjangoStonereaver: I always liked Compaq's hardware.

My first computer was a Packard Bell P-75

*shudders*

I still have night terrors about Packard Bell computers.


The PC I took to college was a Packard Bell.  When it died, I replaced it with a Compaq.  You could say I had a bad case of the dumb.
 
2014-08-19 01:11:06 PM  

mainsail: Scary to think I'm old enough that I've flown on Eastern, TWA *and* Pan-Am.

I have a pair of plastic TWA wings but the funny thing is I can't remember flying them. I know my first flight was on American in 1983 (I still have the ticket). I don't think I ever flew Eastern or Pan Am, though I did fly Northwest Orient before it changed its name.

I'm not sure there's a lot of nostalgia for those airlines; more likely it's nostalgia for the era they represented. I'm old enough to remember when smoking was allowed on airplanes - I don't miss that. But I also remember when you could show up at the airport 30 minutes before departure and still have enough time to get a cup of coffee.
 
2014-08-19 01:13:03 PM  
See, kids, that's why it's important that your company achieves oligopoly size. If you're not too big to fail, someday you will. Just hope Congress doesn't decide to take the reigns like Parliament did to the East India company. There went 250 years of true corporate raiding down the loo.
 
2014-08-19 01:14:51 PM  
I have a great fondness for Micron PC's.  In 1998-2001 they were some of the best desktops around.

You paid for it though.
 
2014-08-19 01:32:12 PM  

wingnut396: jayhawk88: worked at CompUSSR during the late 90's. A time when Compaq was churning out stuff like this:

Their desktop sucked.  Their servers and top end business PCs were pretty nice.


Were is the key word here. They got bought out and the whole line pretty much too a nosedive.
 
2014-08-19 01:37:15 PM  
What's that you're saying, Mrs. Robinson? Compaq / Eastern / Tower's left and gone away...hey
hey hey.....hey hey hey.....
 
2014-08-19 01:39:49 PM  

Free Radical: No mention of Blockbuster?


If Schlockbuster was hated in life....who cares if they're dead?  (Then again, who loved Elvis,
Jim Morrison, or John Lennon before they died?  Afterwards, they became saints.)
 
2014-08-19 01:41:16 PM  
Lionel? WTF? They're still in business. How can I miss something that I can buy on Amazon in less than a minute?

Random list is random.
 
2014-08-19 01:42:50 PM  

wildcardjack: See, kids, that's why it's important that your company achieves oligopoly size. If you're not too big to fail, someday you will. Just hope Congress doesn't decide to take the reigns like Parliament did to the East India company. There went 250 years of true corporate raiding down the loo.


What if Parliament takes the reigns of the Hudson's Bay Company?  Most of Canada's big department
store chains crapped out around the year 2000 - Eaton's croaked, Sears is running on its own fumes,
Walmart is making chopped liver out of Canadian retail - the Bay has existed since 1670, but that
doesn't mean they're immortal.
 
2014-08-19 01:53:43 PM  

akula: wingnut396: jayhawk88: worked at CompUSSR during the late 90's. A time when Compaq was churning out stuff like this:

Their desktop sucked.  Their servers and top end business PCs were pretty nice.

Yeah, most computer companies had very different lines for consumer and business use.

Compaq's business line was just fine. Their consumer line, yeah, in the late 90s it sucked. So did most other consumer grade PCs then... Packard Bell by then had gone from making competent clones to outright garbage. There just weren't many consumer grade machines then that were worth squat- they were all trying to do funky things with the enclosures... that usually meant proprietary parts that were expensive to replace and poor heat management that killed them that much faster.


atariage.com

What do you mean that doesn't look very practical?
 
2014-08-19 02:10:26 PM  

mcreadyblue: RCA was purchased by GE. It's sorta still around.


I have a 42" RCA TV that was a floor demo at KMart that they were trying to get rid of around 2010ish.

They wanted something like $450, I dickered them down to $350, and it's been one of the best purchases of my lifetime.  The Vizio I owned before that crapped out within 3 years, and cost double for similar size.

RCA TVs are actually made by Korean company using the RCA brand, I believe.

/I honestly can't tell the difference between 720p and 1020p on anything smaller than 60"
 
2014-08-19 02:19:29 PM  

eagles95: I miss Tower Records and Virgin Music stores.


Stop paying TOWERING prices!
 
2014-08-19 02:23:46 PM  
what about Western Airlines......"The Only Way to Fly"   ????
 
2014-08-19 02:24:17 PM  

ImpendingCynic: mainsail: Scary to think I'm old enough that I've flown on Eastern, TWA *and* Pan-Am.
I have a pair of plastic TWA wings but the funny thing is I can't remember flying them. I know my first flight was on American in 1983 (I still have the ticket). I don't think I ever flew Eastern or Pan Am, though I did fly Northwest Orient before it changed its name.

I'm not sure there's a lot of nostalgia for those airlines; more likely it's nostalgia for the era they represented. I'm old enough to remember when smoking was allowed on airplanes - I don't miss that. But I also remember when you could show up at the airport 30 minutes before departure and still have enough time to get a cup of coffee.


I agree: but the flights were less cattle-car than they are now. So there's that.
 
2014-08-19 02:27:12 PM  

Trance750: Sony and Panosonic has pretty much cornered the TV market


Not even close. Samsung, LG, Sharp...and a whole ton of others.

You must have meant the overpriced TV market.
 
2014-08-19 02:37:24 PM  

Argyle82: mcreadyblue: RCA was purchased by GE. It's sorta still around.

I have a 42" RCA TV that was a floor demo at KMart that they were trying to get rid of around 2010ish.

They wanted something like $450, I dickered them down to $350, and it's been one of the best purchases of my lifetime.  The Vizio I owned before that crapped out within 3 years, and cost double for similar size.

RCA TVs are actually made by Korean company using the RCA brand, I believe.

/I honestly can't tell the difference between 720p and 1020p on anything smaller than 60"


I think all TVs are made in China now. I don't think any electronics are made in the US anymore.

Kinda sad.
 
2014-08-19 02:38:38 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: what about Western Airlines......"The Only Way to Fly"   ????


c2.staticflickr.com
 
2014-08-19 02:50:03 PM  

Li'l Robbie: wildcardjack: See, kids, that's why it's important that your company achieves oligopoly size. If you're not too big to fail, someday you will. Just hope Congress doesn't decide to take the reigns like Parliament did to the East India company. There went 250 years of true corporate raiding down the loo.

What if Parliament takes the reigns of the Hudson's Bay Company?  Most of Canada's big department
store chains crapped out around the year 2000 - Eaton's croaked, Sears is running on its own fumes,
Walmart is making chopped liver out of Canadian retail - the Bay has existed since 1670, but that
doesn't mean they're immortal.


From the Wiki:
In July 2008, the company, after a series of change of ownership, was eventually acquired by the American private equity firm, NRDC Equity Partners, which also owned department store chain Lord & Taylor.[10] From 2008 to 2012, the HBC was run through a holding company of NRDC, Hudson's Bay Trading Company, which was dissolved on 23 January 2012.[11] Since 2012, The HBC directly oversees the operations of Lord & Taylor in the United States in addition to its Canadian subsidiaries Hudson's Bay (formerly The Bay) and Home Outfitters.[11] On 29 July 2013, the HBC announced a friendly takeover of Saks, Inc., operator of the Saks Fifth Avenue department store chain, which was completed on November 3, 2013.

Not really the same company. Although I now understand why my wallet from Saks was made in Canada.
 
2014-08-19 03:13:13 PM  
I hate hp for buying Compaq, the effect on the economy of the area where the Compaq campus was created mini ghettos in suburbia
 
2014-08-19 03:38:36 PM  

deeproy: Lionel? WTF? They're still in business. How can I miss something that I can buy on Amazon in less than a minute?

Random list is random.


The blogger managed to screw up a potentially great topic. From Wiki:

"In 1969, Lionel Corp. sales had declined to just over $1 million per year. Lionel Corp. sold the product die tooling for its struggling train line and the rights to the Lionel brand name to the cereal company General Mills. The Lionel brand name continues today, owned by Lionel, LLC, yet most Lionel train enthusiasts consider 1969 the end of the 'true Lionel trains,' because the design and manufacture changed, sometimes for the worse, under Lionel's new owners."
 
2014-08-19 03:57:03 PM  
I have worked for two of them:  Comapaq and Texaco.  Loved 'em both ;)
 
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