Sunday, 4 March 2012

I found a gadget from the olden days

The trouble with having a marvellous camera like my Canon Powershot S95, is that I end up taking pictures of bloody everything. Which in turn means that I end up with a hard drive full of images that need sorting out.

Anyway, I was looking through some pictures that I took last time Izzy and I visited Sarah in Leeds. Whilst I was there, I helped Sarah to sort out her junk room and turn it into an office.

Halfway through the task in hand, I found an old laptop bag.

"What's this?" I hollered at Sarah whilst holding up the bag for her to see, "and do you need it?"

"That's my old laptop," Sarah said, "all it needs is a new power cable and it will be in perfect working order."

I was instantly suspicious. Firstly, because I have never seen Sarah use any laptop other than her Dell, and secondly because she is a hoarder doesn't like throwing things away.

Ummmm ..... just where had this mystery laptop come from? I decided to investigate. 

I tentatively slid my hand into the bag and felt something hard. I got a good grip and I heaved, and pulled, and eventually (it was like birthing a calf) ........ a big, heavy, off-white box landed on my lap.

OM-Bloody-G. It was Sarah's old laptop, and I have never seen anything like it. It was more like a murder weapon than a piece of technology.

Pic.No.1 If I didn't know better, I would have sworn that it had been recovered from a melted glacier

As I was rolling around the floor laughing, Izzy looked up from her Nintendo, observed the 'laptop' perplexedly and said, "Mummy, what's that?"

Meanwhile, Sarah was observing from afar; "I don't know what you are laughing at," she said, "that's a perfectly good laptop that is."

"This laptop was probably being used around the same kinda time that mobile phones had batteries in separate suitcases," I guffawed, "and it's that old that it would probably fail an emissions test."

Sarah looked a bit hurt, "so you think that maybe I don't need it any more?"

"Crikey, I wouldn't throw it away just yet," I said.

Sarah perked up, "really?"

"Yep," I said, "you might need something to stand on to reach that top shelf over there," I laughed.

"Git," Sarah muttered under her breath.

Pic.No.2 Ahhh, Compaq laptops and Paris Hilton have a lot in common. Both thick and white. The only difference is that a Compaq is hard to pick up

Pic.No.3 My oh my. I have never seen a computer with vintage chic before. How times change eh? But witnessing the Tyrannersaurus Rex of laptops firsthand, definitely added some merriment to my day

So dahlink, do you have any retro-gadgets at home? Pray, do tell! And how is your weekend going?

20 comments:

  1. Please Jane, don't tell me that your cell phone is older than the Compaq? You're gonna lose your street cred!



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  2. Circa 1995?! Jeez that is ancient in terms of computers. Please don't tell me that people are still using those things?!



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  3. Bloody good point. In fact it's almost an oxymoron!



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  4. LOL! That is well funny ;-)



    I always look at children in awe and think blimey they don't know what VHS is. They don't understand that in the olden days, phones couldn't text. And music used to play on CDs!



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  5. You've got one of those huge TVs?! Blimey Jim, you are gonna ruin your street cred! Go on a gadget shopping spree and splash out on the new ones you want!



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  6. I actually think it was mechancial



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  7. That thing was a total beast! I haven't seen anything like it. But even weirder, she wanted to keep it because 'it still worked fine'

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  8. I don't know about network, but it had a drawer for a...... get this ....... floppy disk!



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  9. ha ha ha ha - a 20MB disk drive? How things change eh?



    And floppy disks - OMG - do you remember them. Things have changed so quickly!



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  10. Hi Alex - I know, it is frightening isn't it?!



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  11. It's at least 7 years old.  A Nokia.  And it does everything I need it to do.   ;)

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  12. But why on earth did your mum get rid of her cooker only to replace with a Baby Belling? That is crazy stuff!



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  13. You are soooo blooming right. It is unbelievable how quickly things become obsolete. If you just think how much technology has come on in the last ten years alone .... it's scary!



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  14. You are having a laugh?! You techno-geek, and you are using a breeze block to run a piece of software. Dare I ask what the software is?!!



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  15. I can't, I am using it to reach the top shelves in my living room!



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  16. Is it so secret that you would have to kill me if you told me?!



    Isn't it totally unbelievable how gadgets looked just 12 years ago - scary shit!



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  17. Aaaah, she's a damned fine role model that Paris Hilton!



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  18. LOL you daft git! I have got an image of a turf-wrangler fixing a Toshiba. What the bloody hell is a turf-wrangler anyway?



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  19. Crikey Jayne, 7 years old? Can you pick it up without assistance?!



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  20. Smart ass. ;)  It's actually quite tiny. 

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