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2020-09-26 12:57:09 AM  
I got 20 and now I'm too frustrated...

Lots of things look just barely familiar.
 
2020-09-26 12:59:31 AM  
33/45
 
2020-09-26 2:46:51 AM  
Frustratingly specific for somethings and vague for others. Didn't like 5.25" diskette, wanted floppy disk (for example)
 
2020-09-26 2:53:16 AM  
Tomogachee... tamogatchee... tomigotchi is hard to spell.
 
2020-09-26 3:02:43 AM  
Got 33/45.
 
2020-09-26 3:07:26 AM  
23/45.   Things from the mid-70s onwards were OK, but I am not a big console gamer so I missed some of those.   But I knew about the punch tape and the mouse because I've seen that prototype in person at SRI in Palo Alto, and at least sat in the same room as Englebart.  Could not figure out some of the mainframes or mainframe terminals.  Was hoping one would be a PDP-11.

Also the list is extremely apple-centric and console-centric.   They did put a C=64 in so that was nice.    An Amiga of any model and an Apple IIe would have been appropriate as both were very notable for gaming in very different ways.   An Atari 400 or 800 would have been appropriate as well, without trying to be too complete-ist.

The Trash-80 has no business being there.   Piece of junk that most people only ever saw in a school computer lab, playing Oregon Trail.  I suppose for that one reason perhaps it has earned its place, as a "I remember that from school" meme.
 
2020-09-26 3:31:20 AM  
Got 34 out of 45. I recognized the calculator but couldn't remember a name it would accept.
 
2020-09-26 3:31:57 AM  
a Moog IIIP would have been a nice wrench to throw in with the old computers

old microfiche viewers as well, since they look like primitive alien medical technology
 
2020-09-26 3:42:16 AM  
Cleared another one. Way too specific for a generic looking TV set
 
2020-09-26 3:52:36 AM  
24/45. That Trash-80 pic left a lot to be desired, IMHO.
 
2020-09-26 4:06:03 AM  

zimbach: Cleared another one. Way too specific for a generic looking TV set


I figured it out from your comment. There are about 6 pixels which make it identifiable, but come on.
 
2020-09-26 4:07:58 AM  
22.  Odd how precise you had to be on some of the spelling.
Punchcard was unacceptable, but punch card was fine.
 
2020-09-26 4:10:33 AM  
32
 
2020-09-26 4:24:30 AM  
40/45.

/ almost got to flex
// but damn, I'm old.
/// and a geek.
 
2020-09-26 4:37:26 AM  
about par, I see. some expected inputs are just too bothersome to guess.
 
2020-09-26 5:19:52 AM  
41/45 - With heavy Google assistance on a few
 
2020-09-26 5:25:45 AM  
23 but damn some look way too generic even for Google to help me cheat.
 
2020-09-26 7:24:38 AM  
42/45

Couldn't figure out the red chair thing with the yellow buttons on the blue control panel, the L-bracket doohickey with the two squiggly lines, or the green desk thing all the way at the bottom.
 
2020-09-26 8:15:39 AM  
35/45 with no outside help.

I haven't found the right names for the VCR, the long portable phone, the calculator, or the tube color television. Then there's that... abacus-looking thing in the 7th row, four out of five items in the bottom row (I knew the black game console) and the white console with the red seat and yellow buttons do not look familiar to me.
 
2020-09-26 8:28:43 AM  
20

I feel ashamed
 
2020-09-26 8:52:20 AM  

unbelver: 40/45.

/ almost got to flex
// but damn, I'm old.
/// and a geek.


That's still truly impressive. I gave up after about 30, as I got tired of fighting four more I recognized that would not take any sane inputs, nor was I going to go look up how to spell tomigotchi/whatever

/Anyone know what the hell the angle bracket with the squigglies was?
 
2020-09-26 9:29:45 AM  
31/45

The TV / VCR is evidently wanting a brand name or something?

Also, I couldn't identify a lot of the pre-PC computers.
 
2020-09-26 9:53:06 AM  

bloobeary: 42/45

Couldn't figure out the red chair thing with the yellow buttons on the blue control panel, the L-bracket doohickey with the two squiggly lines, or the green desk thing all the way at the bottom.


1947 for the squiggly line thing.

1962 for the red chair thing.  It might have been the 1st computer generated smell thing.  Google images don't have any color photos on the 1st few pages and I don't remember the red.
 
2020-09-26 9:55:46 AM  

Thosw: The TV / VCR is evidently wanting a brand name or something?


The TV (both of them) and VCR want a brand/inventor name.
 
2020-09-26 10:20:15 AM  
First object:

Smart phone ---no
Smartphone -- no
Phone  --- no

fark this was of time
 
2020-09-26 10:31:00 AM  
The original text based games from the 80's were more tolerant of different names for things.
 
2020-09-26 10:46:07 AM  

Russ1642: The original text based games from the 80's were more tolerant of different names for things.


It does appear to use a Soundex like algorithm. It insist on iphone for one but will take nokia or 3210 for the other.  It wants the current company name for the 1st portable calculator.

Most older things are the 1st example of a product. Later stuff is just crazy like Zune? They should have used something like the Rio PMP300 from 6 years earlier.

/1st calculator was based on the 4004 processor.  It was the 1st time someone dumped Intel because they couldn't get their processor bugs fixed and they took their design to Mostek.  The 4004 > 4040 -> 8080 -> 8088 -> 286 -> 386 -> ... -> i9
//the 1st CPU was built at the request of a Japanese company.
 
2020-09-26 10:53:56 AM  

edmo: First object:

Smart phone ---no
Smartphone -- no
Phone  --- no

fark this was of time


iPhone
 
2020-09-26 11:07:56 AM  
Couldn't remember the name of the big brick phone.   Disappointed that "Zack Morris Phone" is insufficient.
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2020-09-26 11:11:32 AM  
37/45.

I'm totally stumped by:

Whatever brand the modem is (#8)
Calculator
Sit-in Arcade Machine
Purple Keychain
The flat black panel with a keyboard next to the purple keychain
Seismometer looking thing in the 3rd to last row
And the two big desk-sized consoles in the last two rows.

A few took some stabs (i.e. wasn't sure if it was a Sony Betamax or JVC VHS).  The Trinitron is the most iconic tube TV so that was pretty easy once i realized it was looking for brands.
 
2020-09-26 11:39:44 AM  
All of the answers: (third post down)
 
2020-09-26 12:35:17 PM  

Biledriver: Couldn't remember the name of the big brick phone.   Disappointed that "Zack Morris Phone" is insufficient.
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Dynatach!
 
2020-09-26 12:50:48 PM  

DON.MAC: Thosw: The TV / VCR is evidently wanting a brand name or something?

The TV (both of them) and VCR want a brand/inventor name.


TV is a Sony Trinitron - note the RGB icon.
VCR is JVC Vidstar - first commercial VHS machine
 
2020-09-26 1:01:55 PM  

Dryad: unbelver: 40/45.

/ almost got to flex
// but damn, I'm old.
/// and a geek.

That's still truly impressive. I gave up after about 30, as I got tired of fighting four more I recognized that would not take any sane inputs, nor was I going to go look up how to spell tomigotchi/whatever

/Anyone know what the hell the angle bracket with the squigglies was?


That was Shockley, Bardeen, and Brattain's first-ever Transistor.
 
2020-09-26 1:04:45 PM  
23/45

I don't know the console games.
The VCR stumped me.
The luggable computer (not Kaypro, not Osborne, not Compaq).
Also the not-an-abacus and not-core-memory.
Couldn't get the final early computer.
 
2020-09-26 1:05:33 PM  
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2020-09-26 1:06:47 PM  

Izunbacol: 37/45.

I'm totally stumped by:

Whatever brand the modem is (#8)
Calculator
Sit-in Arcade Machine
Purple Keychain
The flat black panel with a keyboard next to the purple keychain
Seismometer looking thing in the 3rd to last row
And the two big desk-sized consoles in the last two rows.

A few took some stabs (i.e. wasn't sure if it was a Sony Betamax or JVC VHS).  The Trinitron is the most iconic tube TV so that was pretty easy once i realized it was looking for brands.


That is a Sinclair ZX-81 home computer.  Which everyone in the world, it seems, insists on dissing Sir Clive Sinclair and identifying it as the creation of his marketing partner - i.e., a 'Timex Sinclair 1000'.

But don't mind me - I also start twitching when people call Heathkit computers 'Zenith'.
 
2020-09-26 1:08:40 PM  

jaytkay: The luggable computer (not Kaypro, not Osborne, not Compaq).


Oh, wait. I got it. Trash 80. We had one in our high school.
 
2020-09-26 1:09:36 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: That is a Sinclair ZX-81 home computer. Which everyone in the world, it seems, insists on dissing Sir Clive Sinclair and identifying it as the creation of his marketing partner - i.e., a 'Timex Sinclair 1000'.

But don't mind me - I also start twitching when people call Heathkit computers 'Zenith'.


I see it called Sinclair in UK stories and Timex in American ones.
 
2020-09-26 1:59:56 PM  
What, no lukket Fark 111/5586 home mainframe?

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2020-09-26 3:25:27 PM  

Ganon D. Mire: Tomogachee... tamogatchee... tomigotchi is hard to spell.


I spelled it "gigapet" and still got it. My original thought was tamagotchi but couldnt get the spelling either so then I'm like maybe it's weirdly specific and tried what I believe was the cheap knock off.
 
2020-09-26 4:34:11 PM  
Seems like too poorly designed of a "game" to be worth the time, judging by the comments.
 
2020-09-26 4:35:40 PM  

jaytkay: 23/45

I don't know the console games.
The VCR stumped me.
The luggable computer (not Kaypro, not Osborne, not Compaq).
Also the not-an-abacus and not-core-memory.
Couldn't get the final early computer.


My programming teacher back in high school (BASIC days, no hard drive, no OS, etc) had one of those Compaqs, and at the time, it was the most mind blowing thing I'd seen...
 
2020-09-26 6:20:52 PM  
What? No Intellivision? I loved those weird calculator controllers with the disc pad.
 
2020-09-26 8:36:07 PM  
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2020-09-27 12:04:01 AM  
I got 25 before coming in here. Really, Trinitron??? It's a TV!

And apparently I can't name a cordless phone or the first pocket calculator because.... It's stupid.
And that thing under the calculator looks like an old digital spellchecker.
 
2020-09-27 10:26:39 AM  
Answer Key:

https: //i.imgur.com/irKuxvh.png

Remove the space after the colon...didn't want to spoil it for anyone here.
 
2020-09-27 3:09:46 PM  

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I know I've seen it before, but I still can't remember what it is.
 
2020-09-27 3:10:45 PM  

Catlenfell: 22.  Odd how precise you had to be on some of the spelling.
Punchcard was unacceptable, but punch card was fine.


Really? It took punchcard for me.
 
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