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Old 11-10-2018, 08:41 AM
 
Location: USA
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How about those early 80's cable boxes.




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Old 11-10-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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We do need a means to recycle the old sets though
Google electronics recycling. Where I used to live, the county had a free e-cycling event twice a year, and a private company recycled free on Saturdays. The rest of the week, they charged 45 cents per pound.

I just helped my brother recycle a tv near Phoenix; they charged $1 per diagonal inch, so $40. Yikes, I would have shopped that out a little more.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I bought an external zip drive. 100 meg disks. I think it plugged into the parallel port (printer port?)




which did you choose?
I chose VHS and it ended up being the major format. BETA went away.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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This thread is funny to me because I recently spent time and effort trying to have one of these huge heavy monster TVs removed from my 80 year old friend's house. Her kids bought her a 43" flat screen so the monster set had to go. She could not give it away or get anyone to haul it away. It took 2 men to move it and they almost busted a gut.
I can move my 32" TV by myself. Thank goodness for thin flat screen advancements. We do need a means to recycle the old sets though
Leave it behind Best Buy. LOL!

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/service...at149900050025
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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Progress. My microwave and dishwasher have faster processors and more memory than a first generation IBM PC from 1981. The most memory you could put in the original PC was 256K. 64K on the motherboard and expansion slots for three 64K memory modules. A 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 is laughably slow.
Our first "real" computer. And I put more than 256k in mine using add in boards and some finicky-as-the-dickens software. 512k when I was done. No hard drive, but I eventually added a Seagate 20MB. 20MB! I was in heaven.

Taught myself Basic by creating a library program to track our books. It kept us from buying doubles. Taught myself Assembler, Fortran, Pascal, Lisp (AutoCAD), C, Cobol, etc.

Ended up managing over 200 computers world wide and setting up the first network at the company where I worked.

Then I started a one man computer consulting company and made a lot more money.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:44 PM
 
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Remember these? Captain Kangaroo had things you could color over on these. About the only thing it was worth having for.

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Old 11-10-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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If you are in or near a large-ish town check their recycling facilities. Many now have a place where you can bring your electronics.

We have got rid of multiple VCR's, DVR's, phones, TV's, and all other stuff like that. No questions asked. Of course, you have to be able to heft them up and get them there.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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If you are in or near a large-ish town check their recycling facilities. Many now have a place where you can bring your electronics.

We have got rid of multiple VCR's, DVR's, phones, TV's, and all other stuff like that. No questions asked. Of course, you have to be able to heft them up and get them there.
Where we used to live you could be charged as much as $50 depending on what the item was.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I have a large VCR tapes collection and play them on my new 50" TV. Works good, great on that big screen.
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:12 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Where we used to live you could be charged as much as $50 depending on what the item was.
Wow! Ours was free - and so it should have been; they got money for all that stuff, sold it to some foreign country or something who yanked all the goodies out of them and got rid of the rest.
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