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Date: 01/25/12 01:26 PM

60 Responses to Top Electronic Gadgets From The 1980s [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of eugenius
    eugenius Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    Link: Top Electronic Gadgets From The 1980s - Anyone here know what a Walkman is?
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    I had all of those and I wasn`t even born in the 80`s does that make me awesome or just poor?
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6163 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Walkman: Best electronic I had as a kid.
    Commodore 64: After hours of entering BASIC, I could make a graphic of a green cannon shooting a square ball accross the screen.
    Microwave Oven: Never did like how they cook hotdogs.
    Compact disc player: Did get one till the 90`s.
    VHS: Preferred Betamax
    Nintendo NES: Good memories.
    Fax? Never needed one.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
    3889 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    My microwave is so old it has a dial to set the temperature.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    January 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Best inventions EVER.

    Except for VHS... Betamax should have one that war.
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    nikkypickles Female 30-39
    184 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    I was born in 1980. They`ve missed out the Spectrum ZX81, which was the first computer we ever owned (in 1986 I believe, when the price finally fell to affordable levels). All those happy memories, and now I feel old!
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    I remember this stuff but I wasn`t even born until 1986. We were still using 90% of these things until like 1995.
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    g3n3r1k Male 18-29
    250 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    why is everything so square!!!
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    I still have my walkman. It still works. It still has Steve Miller loaded.
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    anarchsoul Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    I loved my C64 and NES :)
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    And a VHS cost like two grand. And that was back then.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    forgot the Beta-max,,,played in stereo
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    born in the mid 70s and remember all of these! great time to be alive!
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    Immanio Male 18-29
    86 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Born in `84, and yes, I do remember those. Well, I don`t think I`ve ever actually used a fax machine... Hell, while at work, I listen to an internet radio station playing nothing but C64 remixes.
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    Werthers Male 30-39
    60 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    ahhh the good old days. miss my C64
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    FAIL!!! Nes was 85.....
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    wikawaka Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Walkmans are still being made..just in mp3 form. I have one :)
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm
    Lol, Still have an old Walkman in a box in the closet.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    I was born in 88 but I STILL have my Walkman, and all my old tapes. Yeaaahh buddy. Hit List Volume 2!
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    razbitom Male 40-49
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    January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    we got our amana touchmatic radar range (top-mounted on an avocado stove/oven) in 1977 and our original VTR (a sony betamax) around the same time. don`t recall when vhs came out, but i do recall the quality was much reduced in a side-by-side comparison.
    never had an nes, but had an omni and a colecovision. trs 80s models I, II, III and the coco 1000, several commodores (64, 128, amiga)... gods know what else.

    but the dates on all these things seem to be 5 or 6 years later than they were actually available. except he cd player.
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    r66tramp Male 40-49
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    January 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    The VHS player was rockin full tilt in 1982! I guess "they" say 1985 cause Beta format had to die first?
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    r66tramp Male 40-49
    674 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm
    VIC20 came before the 64! I had both...
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    I used to call my portable cd player a walkman o,o
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    botfly Male 50-59
    616 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    I still have a working Sony Watchman TV manufacture date Dec. 1986
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    C64... Computer full of win!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    As a living witness to the `80s, I can tell you it was a racial thing.
    White people had walkmans. - Black people had boomboxes.


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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    January 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    Had all of them (or a generic knock of in the case of the Walkman), except the desktop fax machine.

    My friend had a VHS machine that had a remote control. It was a big advantage, but it was so primitive that it had to be plugged in via a 20 foot cord!
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    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    Yes, a Walkman is the brand of mp4 players made by Sony.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    Ah the 80`s! A magical time that was WAY better than the 70`s!
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    Just imagine when the PS VITA will be an ancient artifact
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    revwar Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    jeez... I preferred beta and didn`t own a cd player til the 90`s... but Ghostbusters on the C64 was AWESOME
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    pacman83 Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    i like ham and i like baloney but what i like best is my first sony
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
    930 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    "Just imagine when the PS VITA will be an ancient artifact"

    I thought it already was one prior to it`s launch. I mean every "new" feature it offers is decade old technology tossed into a handheld device. Think about it. Touch and motion controls have been around nothing new there and adding a second stick big deal. I don`t see the vita as being worth half what a 3ds is. At least the 3ds did something no other handheld has done before and I don`t think any other consoles have done 3d either. PC had some 3d games though. Still the vita is already an unimpressive glob of old technology.
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    studioso Male 18-29
    58 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    ah, I had the commodore, it was a piece of poo.
    you had to type this commands in basic to load crappy games on this separate floppy disk reade which would take 20-25 minutes to load.

    {load "crappy.game" ,8 ,1} or something like that.

    but the NES, WAS AWESOME!
    any person who was lucky enough to be a child when the NES was around will have some fond memories of that jewel...
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    Bah! The C64 was a toy. I actually earned a living with my Kaypro 2. And I got my first microwave in 1975.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm
    Ah.. VHS. Rambo: first blood, Re- Animator, Faces of Death, The Toxic Avenger and of course anything zombie- related. I loved that stuff. Parents thought I was watching Mickey Mouse.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
    3844 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    The VHS player was rockin full tilt in 1982!

    The old r66tramp is absolutely right, we got a VHS player in 1983, with a timer so we could tape late night TV shows ("Friday Night Videos" mostly) but I remember renting videotapes and having to be careful to get VHS instead of Betamax. Of course I was only seven years old at the time.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
    3696 posts
    January 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    This is how we doo it, it`s friday niight and we feel alrighht the party`s here on the wessiddee
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4348 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 12:39 am
    he he he, our first vhs player had a cord with the remote, you had to plug it in. that was in 85. we had pong, that must have been about 82, when I was wearing flouresent clothing and listening to billy idol. so f ucking old.......
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
    4903 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 1:34 am
    "Anyone here know what a Walkman is?"

    Of course I know what a f*cking Walkman is. What kind of f*cking retarded question is that?
    Anywho, I`ve owned everything on this list and I still own a VHS player and I was born in 86 so suck it...
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    Sectsktn Female 30-39
    173 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 2:00 am
    I still have my VHS player and it still gets a fair amount of use! Go 80s!
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3359 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 2:12 am
    We had a VHS player in 1978. of course, the thing was as big as the house, but they were around back then.
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2012 at 4:18 am
    I still have that fax machine, and it works just fine
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 5:50 am
    Hell yes I know what a walkman is. My first tape was the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. The heat is on, b*tch.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 7:06 am
    @jtrebowski

    You sure that wasn`t a Beta Max machine?
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    ddaq89 Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 8:49 am
    They failed to mention that the VHS player also let to a huge in-home porn explosion
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    JDplaysFF Male 30-39
    626 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 8:56 am
    Commodore 64s always put a Weird Al song in my head.
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    raeleigh Female 18-29
    61 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 11:15 am
    This just makes me feel old... Also babies of the 80`s!!!!
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    llama492 Male 30-39
    21 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    what no beta player.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    YES, YES!!! Memories...

    Do you remember these:

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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
    3727 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    These:


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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    Sectsktn
    Female, 30-39, Western US
    99 Posts Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:00:38 AM
    I still have my VHS player and it still gets a fair amount of use! Go 80s!
    ____

    Haha, me too! High Five!
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    Byfield Male 18-29
    464 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    I remember when CD walkmans made their way into the limelight, thus ending Cassette Tape`s glorious reign.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
    2424 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    @Byfield- No you don`t. Cassettes have been dead longer than you`ve been alive.

    Oh wait, you`re from Europe...
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    TenaciousB Male 18-29
    46 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    Why the drat do we still have fax machines?
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    cocacola311 Female 30-39
    19 posts
    January 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    I remember when you could rent vcrs from the video store. It was a big deal when my parents would rent one. Our first one also had a cord with the remote but I thought that was the greatest thing in the world!
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    I just watched snatch on vhs not too long ago.
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    Stormwolf Female 40-49
    74 posts
    January 27, 2012 at 4:03 am
    Holy crap...a complete list of "Things You Needed to Be Cool in Highschool"...just add Hammer pants and/or Cindi Lauper hairbows...

    No...wait...where`s the pager?

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    LastJuggalo Female 18-29
    212 posts
    January 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    Okay, why is it that I thought these things were older than this. The Nintendo really came out a year AFTER me? That means I`m older than Super Mario.

    Wait, where the hell`s MY princess?
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    verbosity Male 30-39
    83 posts
    January 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Amazingly, after all this time, the Microwave is still an awesome electronic gadget! The rest of them, well, they had their time and faded away - but how many people have a better replacement for a microwave?
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