Video: Music is always better when there's a story attached to it. And streaming songs onto a Bluetooth speaker doesn't tell as good of a story as playing songs on an old jukebox. So let's revel in the life of Perry Rosen, one of the last vintage jukebox repairmen around. Just hearing him tell his story about fixing jukeboxes is already fun, but getting to see the guts of these old music machines — the vacuum tubes, the arm, the turntables — makes it even better.
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Moritz Waldemeyer, London-based shiny, spangly design person, has designed what must be the most expensive pair of spoke lights evah. Auctioned off at the ICA Gala Fundraiser in London last week, the Joyrider LEDs, which put a smile on the wheels of your bike, went for almost US$4,000. Perhaps that's because they came attached to a couple of vintage-style bikes that Waldemeyer has designed.
This week's retromodo installation kicks old-skool ass, and it is not because we have found a follow up the Death Ray Machine, or found the father of the first cupholder, oh no. It is mainly because we have left the hard work up to the guys at Wired, and they really have out done themselves. They were not settling for just one seriously retro gadget—they found them all.
There's little doubt that the Mac Classic is an iconic piece of computing history, but this SattaMac mod is truly, inarguably an icon. Even the most hardened PC users need to grit their teeth and admit, yes, the Mac Classic is an icon. Damn that modder! Damn him!!
From what we can tell, the SattaMac is made from nothing but a Mac Classic and some well-placed black and off-white paint. Granted, it's not exactly ready for operation. But were you really doing anything with that old machine before? Seriously, we're coming by and cleaning out your basement. And kicking you out per your mom's request*.
The Nintendo DS TV Tuner was released yesterday in Japan for about $60 and the people from Impress have got their hands on one. The device will let you watch digital terrestrial television on the DS top screen while giving all sorts of controls on the bottom part. The surprise: it includes the all-time-classic Game&Watch Fire game in the package. Can't remember Fire or even the Game&Watch? Check the retro godness after the jump.
As any hardcore fan of the Trek series will tell you, the smallest adjustments made to the originals are bound to undergo a tremendous amount of scrutiny. That having been said, the first reviews of the new HD DVD release of Star Trek have become available—and by the looks of things there is a lot to like, and a few things that will surely piss off more than a few fanboys—namely redesigned visual effects involving the show intro and the Enterprise.
WTF? It's a $39.95 PC. Could this be the machine to beat the $200 OLPC at its own game? It's billed as a "cheap desktop computer," and then gets worse from there. First of all, it's a refurbished IBM PC from the late 20th century, probably occupying many a junk heap by now and maybe even some museums. Its shipping and handling costs $24.95. It has a Pentium III running at 933MHz. Oh, and it doesn't include an operating system, just a Windows 2000 COA (Certificate Of Authenticity). We can go on, but let's don't. Our conclusion? It's way overpriced at $64.90. So line up, suckas.
The contents of the Xbox 360's fall update have been revealed to the world. Great! So do we get IPTV now? Uhh, no. Maybe the new Zunes are doing something cool with the console? Not that we've heard. How about downloading old games? Yes!
When the update hits December 4th, current Xbox 360 owners will be able to download original Xbox games for $15. Initial titles will include Halo, Fahrenheit, Fable, Crimson Skies, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex and Burnout 3. There's not a bad game on that list...hopefully those of us with 20GB hard drives can find the room.
Also, Europe will finally get Video Marketplace downloads, though we're not certain how localised the content will be (we're guessing there will be some difference in what's offered). But in the interest of full disclosure to our fine European readers, we have no sympathy that it's taken this long considering the endless piles of great tech you get before we do. And no, we are so not even now so don't even play that card.
Sweet merciful crap. A seriously obsessive gentleman spent 30 years of his life collecting video game consoles and games, and now he's selling his entire 1,768-piece collection on eBay in one shot, presumably at the command of either the courts or a lady. Just the system list is insane, not to mention the games. Check out these pictures then follow me to after the jump for a sampling of the goods offered.
galleryPost('VintageComputerFestival', 4, '');The 10th Vintage Computer Festival took place this past weekend at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, featuring, among other things, "the largest collection of Radio Shack Pocket Computers I've ever seen," says CNet's Peter Glaskowsky. Highlights in the gallery above include the 1-bit flat-panel Apple IIc—one of just 10,000 ever made—Mac-maker Jef Raskin's Canon Cat, the ConBrio 200R synthesizer built by Cal Tech students in 1980 and a sh'load of Atari PCs. Hungry for more? Check out CNet's nerdishly in-depth coverage.
This isn't new (obviously), but many of you might not know that back at CES 1985, Nintendo demoed an Advanced Video System that was the spiritual design predecessor to the grey and black NES we all grew up with. This consoleputer was supposed to be entirely wireless and tied together via line-of-sight infrared, and contained a keyboard, joystick, light gun, NES controllers, something that looks like a tape deck, a Klingon Bat'leth, the hopes and dreams of one Japanese salaryman designer that has since offed himself, and design features that were slightly too ahead of its time. Still, if we had this instead of the NES, we'd probably be typing 180wpm instead of the 130wpm we do now.
Sure, there have been Apple/Halloween mashups lately, but these Mac-o-Lanterns steal the show as far as I'm concerned. With the creative use of spray paint, some epoxy paste, and a little photoshop work, the guys over at Bad Banana Blog took an old Mac Classic and gave it new life as holiday decor. I'll be expecting Old St. Mac to rear his head when December rolls around. Check out more photos here.
U&J Macs is a small Mac store in Akihabara that's practically a museum to old Apple computers. It's got loads of old iMacs and old G4 towers, as well as tons of old PowerBooks. And if you already have an old Mac that you're trying to keep up to date, there are bins upon bins of "Junk," or spare parts from any number of different models of computer. There's also a bin of cheap PowerBook and MacBook batteries, although for $10 I'm not sure how much juice is left in them. galleryPost('ujmacs', 12, 'Old Mac Warehouse');
One industrious modder decided that the bet use for his newly acquired Mac Classic was to make it into this personal jukebox. After ripping out the CRT monitor, he was able to squeeze in a new LCD display, 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini, extra 750GB drive and power supply. The only external modifications included expanding the disc drive for CDs/DVDs and adding a tiny opening for an IR receiver. OS X was modified to automatically load FrontRow upon booting, completing retro functional sweetness. Bonus pic.
newVideoPlayer("ballmercrazy_gawker.flv", 475, 376);As if we needed more proof that Microsoft exec Steve Ballmer is legitimately insane, here's an ad(?) for Windows 1.0 where he "acts" like a crazy used car salesman, listing off the amazing features of his shiny new OS (it comes with Reversi?!). It's fun to see while we're coming up on the 22nd anniversary of the first Windows, and also interesting to note that this wouldn't work with Vista. I mean, he totally wouldn't be able to yell out the differences between all the versions without having a heart attack.
newVideoPlayer("chinesemagician_gawker.flv", 475, 376);It's not quite Asimo, but this Chinese magician automaton (read: crappy wooden robot) does one thing and one thing only: make other wooden automatons appear and disappear from containers (we don't count sporting a bad arse mustache as a thing). It's going to be auctioned off on October 28 at Skinner in Bolton, MA, if any of you are interested. Illusions, Michael.
This is what you do with your old tapes, I guess, when you move into the digital age: chop 'em up and turn 'em into iPod Nano cases. Lined in neoprene and finished in acrylic, they cost $45 CAD (a touch over $45 US). And although it's aimed at the last-gen Nano, there are, apparently, plans to fit the fat boy version into the cases.
This "X-Y position indicator for a display system" is better known as the world's first computer mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart. With a shell built from wood, two wheels tracked the movements of the device. It's too bad the patent expired in 1987 before the real money came rolling in.
Other interesting factoid: Engelbart's team nicknamed the device a "mouse" and the on-screen cursor a "bug." One term took off while the other died a gruesome, lonely death. Hit the jump for a bonus pic.