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    I have a Barcode Battler around the house somewhere !

    Still have my acorn electron at my parents house too !

    Also I had and managed to offload - Minidisc player x2

    First proper PC was an AST Advantage 613E with cirrus logic graphics !

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    I have the complete set of all colours, plus a flash ring, a green lantern lantern, a blue lantern of hope, and a domino mask of the green lantern (not strictly what they have to protect their identity, but yeh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I have the white & black ones

    Not got the flash one though *jealous*
    I also have a full set of the badges from Walking Dead 100.

    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I have the complete set of all colours, plus a flash ring, a green lantern lantern, a blue lantern of hope, and a domino mask of the green lantern (not strictly what they have to protect their identity, but yeh)
    I didn't get the tie-ins. Just the main ones.

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    It'll be 20 years next year since I had my first home pc - a 486 with a 14" crt monitor, 8mb ram & a 850 mb hdd.

    It took me 3 years to fill up the hdd!

    I went online with that machine in the early days of the internet. It was fine as long as the webpage didnt have any pictures in it - if it did the browser crashed (an early incarnation of netscape was my favoured browser way back then)

    I upgraded the ram to 24mb at enormous expense at one point.

    That base unit sat around for years until it turfed out into a scrap bin up at the local tip.

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    Childhood gadgets sure ain't what they used to be.
    Give me a Tamagochi and I would've been the happiest kid for miles! I remember I went through a few of them in my youth.

    There was one, I don't remember what it was called, but the outer chassis was rectangular (cuboid, technically) and it had a pattern engraved onto it to look like rugged bricks. The screen was on the left, buttons on the right. Definitely my favourite out of the lot of them I tried (on account of I still remember it pretty vividly)
    One of the monsters it would 'evolve' into was t-rex ish. Another kind of looked like a poo (which happened if you didn't care for it too well.. I accidentally left mine in my mum's car over the weekend and it became a poo minion.. I actually preferred it to the t-rex. It had eyes on tentacles, kind of like you'd expect on a cartoon slug (Ooh, I know, think Gary from Spongebob.. except it was a poo-like-thing)

    Oh, those were certainly the days. There were no iPod's for me, and I was happy with that.

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    I loved my minidisc player! They were pretty robust and handy discs to carry around.

    I had the Creative DAP when it came out, 6Gb 3.5" drive inside a Discman sized shell, one of the early digital music player (I think)

    About 8 years ago I was driving a VW Golf MKIV and installed a carpc, with molded dash touch screen and the hardware all hidden in panels in the boot (leaving a fully usable boot space)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan View Post
    Realmagic Hollywood Plus DVD decoder card that saw sterling service playing back dvd's on an early celeron (the ones without L2 cache) without it I'd have been lucky to get 4 pixels that occasionally changed colour. Completely obsolete as soon as CPU's started to get reasonably powerful.
    werent they the hardware card that had a 4" vga loopback cable so to plug the monitor into my pc at one point i had vga card-loopbackcable--3dfx card-loopback cable-dvdcard- screen lol

    best bit of tech probably my kindle it just works and works very well

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Exact spec from 2004, hurray for hotmail storing ancient emails!

    Nvidia 8800GTX
    But...but...the 8800 line was released in 2006 (as it was DX10, along with Vista). That is some serious purchasing power!

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    ZX Spectrum and Atari ST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    werent they the hardware card that had a 4" vga loopback cable
    Yes I think it did, seem to remember that as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    But...but...the 8800 line was released in 2006 (as it was DX10, along with Vista). That is some serious purchasing power!
    It was a mistype, Should have been 6800GT not 8800GTX. I had that in my head because it was a separate purchase. My bad!

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    Ah, the 6800GT. That and the 6600GT were so ubiquitous, Nvidia had that generation dominated sales wise (it was up against the X*** series). The 8800GTX was a beast though, in more ways than one!

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    Does an old Dell Desktop PC count ?

    It lasted 8 years and cost me £600-£700, still worked well before I gave it to a mate. And who says PCs don't last! Only had to rebuild it once and that was only because I wanted a refresh!. Never failed, never bluescreen but it was Windows 2000

    What about an old Motorola 2000 I think it was, a Brick and lived up to it. Could play football, throw it, take a swim in the bath (and toilet...) still worked. Still did that worse sound than a Mac when you turn it on.
    I think it was built on NT Technology

    Even when I replaced it, it was only for something more "in fashion".

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    I got the 8800GTX about a month after release as Watford Electronics had a sale on it (got it with 25% off). Punkbuster hated the card for ages and I was banned from many gaming servers which used it as the screenshots came up black - americas army, BF2, BF2142, was just a horrible experience. lol

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    My favourite is probably still my car stereos, boring as they are! I have a JVC AVX2 and a JVC AVX33, they can play DVD films on the dinky screen built in or more usefully on an external screen for passengers, they can connect to older iPods (I have a Classic with 32GB CompactFlash in place of the original HDD for this), they can play DVDs filled with MP3s, and the AVX33 has Bluetooth. They're both years old now, but never found any unit I like more.

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