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Old 06-11-2012, 01:24 PM
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Camcorder? My father bought one of the early betas in the early 80's.......to date I still don't own one

Cassette player? 1970s

CD player? 1990s

MP3/digital audio player? dedicated...never bought one have the ability to play MP3 via iPhone

VCR? early 1980s

LaserDisc player? never, skipped that fad

DVD player? 2005 ish

DVR? see above, it was a combined unit

Blu-Ray? not yet, may skip it like I skipped laserdisk

GPS? 2000

Shortwave radio? 1990s for portable shortwave radio. We had old tube ones that dated back to he 1940s I remember listening to as a child. Wish my father had hung on to them.

Police Scanner? 1970s, need to update/upgrade, use app. currently on iPhone

Cell phone? bag phone early 1980s

High definition TV? not yet since 25 yr. old Mitsubishi TVs still work

Strobe light? never, though I have a flashlight app that includes strobing.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:16 PM
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Camcorder? - 1995
Cassette player? - I think with the first car stereo in 1976
CD player? - Sometime in the late 1980s.
MP3/digital audio player? - Never had one
VCR? - In the mid 1980s.
LaserDisc player?
DVD player? - Late 1990s
Blu-Ray? - Will be getting one soon.
GPS? - Don't have one, but I use it in aviation
Shortwave radio? - Never had one
Police Scanner? - Ditto
Cell phone? - 1998
High definition TV? - 2003
Strobe light? - Never had one
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:03 PM
Location: White House, TN
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Camcorder? 1993 or so?

Cassette player? before my time

CD player? 1995. Huge thing too.

MP3/digital audio player? December 25, 2004...

VCR? before my time

LaserDisc player? nope

DVD player? about 2002

DVR? nope

Blu-Ray? December 25, 2006 - a PS3

GPS? 2006

Shortwave radio? Nope

Police Scanner? Nope

Cell phone? December 25, 2004

High definition TV? July 7, 2007

Strobe light? Nope
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:25 AM
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Camcorder? - I dont have or want one

Cassette player? - Back in the 70s i got my first one,i still have some

CD player? - I have one built into my radio but dont use it.. (I dont really like CDs)

MP3/digital audio player? - Dont have or want one

VCR? - Back in the 80s .. I love my VCR

LaserDisc player? - Dont have or want one

DVD player? - I have one i got a few years ago but i dont hardily use it..... (Dont like CDs)

DVR? - Dont have or want one

Blu-Ray? - Dont have or want one

GPS? - Dont have or want one

Shortwave radio? - I got my first one in the 80s..... (It doesnt work anymore but the scanner i have covers that range)

Police Scanner? - I got my first scanner in the 80s and although i dont have the same one,i have one... (AOR-8200 (3rd release))

Cell phone? - Dont have or want one

High definition TV? - Dont have or want one

Strobe light? - I used to have one,dont anymore though.... (I think it broke)

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:56 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Camcorder? Never had one

Cassette player? 1969, Sony Super-scoop, greatest device ever made

CD player? Bought wife one, about 1988. I don't have one now. I think I had a car with one, but I don't know if it worked or not.

MP3/digital audio player? Never even seen one.

VCR? Used one, about 1987

LaserDisc player? Never saw one

DVD player? About 2006, when they went down to $20

DVR? Is that the same as DVD?

Blu-Ray? Never saw one

GPS? Never saw one in use

Shortwave radio? Before 1945, the family entertainment console, many years before TV, had SW band.

Police Scanner? Never needed one.

Cell phone? About 2007, I'e made about 5 calls on and received none.

High definition TV? How do I know if mine is high def or not?

Strobe light? Never had one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:34 PM
Location: HoCo, MD
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Camcorder? mid-80's? It was just a camera, it had to be connected it to our VCR (the VCR was in two pieces, one piece could be split and be made portable for the camera).

Cassette player? no clue - had always remembered them laying around. Either the cheap portable ones, or the nice ones with the Pioneer system my parents had.

CD player? mid-80s.... part of a boom box actually.

MP3/digital audio player? We were playing them on the computer in the early-mid 90s. But the first actual portable player was a iPod nano that I won at a golf tournament.

VCR? early 80s

LaserDisc player? early 80's.... I recall two formats. The one's in the early 80's came in a case/cartridge - you fed the entire cartridge into the machine. I think my parents had like two movies/concernts with that. It came back again in the early 90's... and those looked like LP sized CD/DVDs.... mom got it specifically for Karaoke.

DVD player? Early 90's? The laserdisc player actually played DVDs. Not sure if that was the first....

DVR? Never actually had one.

Blu-Ray? When I got a PS3.... 2006?

GPS? 1999 - in my 2000 Acura TL

Shortwave radio? never had one

Police Scanner? never had one

Cell phone? mid 90s. A sprint PCS.... Sanyo I believe. Bigger than my current cordless at home.

High definition TV? ~2000... sony rear projection TV. Could support 1080i via component.... althought I don't think it was ever connected.

Strobe light? never had one
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:37 PM
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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CAMCORDER: My parents bought one in the mid 90s. It was a hand held Sony with the mini cassette that required an adapter to play in a VCR.

CASSETTE PLAYER: Other than in cars, I remember having one when I was a kid (late 80s early 90's) to listen to bed time stories/ music. My parents also had an all in one stereo with a record player, cassette player/ recorder, 8-track, AM/FM.

CD PLAYER: Late 90s maybe. We bought my mom a Sony stereo with CD and cassette. I got a boom box a few years later with one, and a Sony portable CD player

MPC/DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER: I don't think any one in my family has one other than a few songs/ videos on their cell phones

VCR? First VCR was in the late 80s

LaserDisc player?

DVD PLAYER: around 2000 I think

DVR: with in the past 5 years

Blu-Ray? not yet

GPS? with in the past 5 years

Shortwave radio? nope

Police Scanner? my grand parents got one in the mid 90s

Cell phone? My dad got one around 2000, back when Nex-tel two way phones were big. Then when I started really driving and working later hours my mother and I got some bone basic Alltell phones.

High definition TV? with in the past 5 years, a Mitsubishi projection T.V., I think like 57''-60"

Strobe light? no?
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