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Posted on 02-05-18 02:02:06 PM (last edited by Sponty at 02-05-18 02:03:10 PM) Link | Quote
My computer's gonna need an entire rebuild at some point in the near future, which my wallet's not looking forward to.

I'm still on AM3+, so regardless of whether I went Ryzen or Intel I'd need a new processor+RAM+motherboard, and I'm surprised my video card has held out as long as it has. Buuut all of this is kind of moot since miners are making video card prices skyrocket, and I'd kinda like to wait until prices come back down (not to mention RAM prices are high too).

I'm kinda considering going with a prebuilt from Newegg, just because that will realistically work out to be a better value.
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Posted on 02-08-18 12:47:33 AM (last edited by Gabu at 02-08-18 12:56:23 AM) Link | Quote
I've been on a really strange, very strong kick to go thrifting for an old computer, preferably a laptop. Preferably with its adapter. I honestly don't know. I just... really want to own a piece of older technology for the sake of poking around in.









And, I guess, an older video game system that I never owned before that I want. The top two contenders are the Dreamcast and, oddly, the Saturn. That system, for whatever reason, has always at least been low-key fascinating to me ever since I was a small child, and I'd like to explore a system not many people are too aware about (though not without leaving too big of a dent on my wallet unless I choose to rehab a broken system)

Also some Gameboy games to flesh out my collection for my Color.
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Posted on 02-08-18 10:17:00 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Gabu
I've been on a really strange, very strong kick to go thrifting for an old computer, preferably a laptop. Preferably with its adapter. I honestly don't know. I just... really want to own a piece of older technology for the sake of poking around in.

if you want a DOS gaming laptop the Toshiba Satellite line is really good

i have a 420CDT, it has TFT (opposed to TN) 800x600, Pentium I 100MHz with 40MB ram (32MB EDO RAM expansion), SB Pro compatible sound including OPL3 on DOS, and it has no power brick, the PSU is internal, you just use a figure-8 power cord straight into it
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Posted on 02-08-18 10:22:27 PM Link | Quote
I kinda want one of those surface/ultra-thin tablet or laptop things, but I really can't justify the money for them for what I'd use it for.

I basically want it so I can read RPG pdfs at a gaming table/lightly browse the internet on the couch with an actual keyboard, but yeah.
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Posted on 02-14-18 02:33:23 PM Link | Quote
I really want a Fujifilm Natura Classica, a film camera from 2006. it's really good for taking photos in low light without flash (even though the camera has a built in popup flash) because of its NP (Natural Photo) mode which automatically compensates exposure. i really love the sleep japanese styling of mid 2000s tech products, and this is one of them. there's also a limited edition white version. they used to be only around $300 but demand is super high so i'm probably gonna have to pay closer to double that for one, but i think it just may be worth it.


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Posted on 02-15-18 12:25:08 PM (last edited by prism at 02-15-18 12:54:03 PM) Link | Quote
I just recently ordered a Thinkpad x61.

I'm really disappointed that the 4:3 aspect ratio went out of style. It's what I use for most of my desktop monitors at home. 6:10 is alright, but I like having as much vertical screen space as possible.
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Posted on 02-15-18 01:38:21 PM Link | Quote
I want a stack of late 80s/early 90s computer audio and synth products. An MT-32 and an SC-88 Pro are at the top of my list. I'd also love a Gravis Ultrasound MAX, and, uh, I guess a working PC old enough to slot it into. I've got nothing left with ISA slots.
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Posted on 02-15-18 03:19:43 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by 605



sick, but what about the Natura S, which has a f/1.9 lens?



cheaper, but honestly i don’t rly like 24mm so i personally would never get one.

i’m into mid-2000s Japanese product design as well. right now, i rly want a first or second generation Tamagotchi Connection:


sadly they’re in really high demand right now somehow, even more so than the originals.
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Posted on 02-15-18 03:36:46 PM Link | Quote
I kind of want some weather monitoring stuff. I've thought about getting a few of, say, these things and putting them around the house to monitor how it heats up and cools off (so we can adjust the vents accordingly, as BMF's room always seems to get unnaturally warm), but I'd really like an actual weather station ... unfortunately, most of them require some clearance or at least space, and you don't get that with an apartment :/ I just like monitoring and charting things, like I do with my Nest thermostat ...

(Not that there's much weather to monitor here in the first place. "It's hot and dry" every day is boring...)


The other thing I'd like is a more beefy SDR and a real antenna instead of an RTL-SDR and a tiny joke antenna; I'd like to be able to catch more and listen to shortwave radio stuff, but I haven't ever really gotten the chance. Again, an apartment isn't really the place to have a huge antenna around, and I haven't had the energy or motivation to bother getting the required stuff anyway.
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Posted on 02-15-18 04:14:39 PM (last edited by eifie at 02-15-18 05:07:47 PM) Link | Quote
@sofi oooh those tamagotchi connection toys i had the first one shown in that picture and its probably in storage somewhere right now lol. i used to play with my sibling on the school bus

i dont really keep up with new technology and im usually really anxious to have to change from what im already working with :x when we changed phone plans and i couldnt keep my iphone i was so upset just cause i was already so used to it. but now i like my android a lot!

one thing i would maybe make the change to, that in hindsight i had the option to do, would be to upgrade to a 3DS XL instead of just the 3DS i have now. i didnt want the XL when i was shopping for a 3DS because i liked having my handheld devices stay pocket sized, but its a bit harder on my eyes and i dont even wear pants with pockets anymore anyways.

im really satisfied with my wii u still and i dont even want a nintendo switch tbh? but we might get one anyways if our whole family would get use out of it haha.
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Posted on 02-15-18 04:42:39 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by sofi

sick, but what about the Natura S, which has a f/1.9 lens?



cheaper, but honestly i don’t rly like 24mm so i personally would never get one.

-snip-



i really like the natura s, i think it's much prettier (2004 design is better than 2006) but they're harder to get in good shape, plus NP mode only works with 1600+ films, the classica works with 800+ which is better for me. it's a shame because that lens i love wide angle
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Posted on 02-26-18 03:39:57 AM Link | Quote

(+) [written from my perspective but speaking for all] Ooooh. Assuming we had a large enough budget, but had to pick things we'd already been thinking about before now, and assuming we're mainly talking about computer technology and similar consumer electronics:

1. A replacement for the broken 3DS our predecessor left us. Ideally a “new” 3DS, North American edition, not XL because XL is ridiculous and I want a pocket console to be pocket sized. (That's what she preferred, and I agree.)

2. A replacement graphing calculator. Kara I picked up a used TI-89 Titanium to replace the TI-84+ Silver Edition from ages ago that eventually died. The TI-89 isn't bad, but the keypad layout feels awkward, and the latency is really bad: it can take most of a second to get from ON button press to home screen accepting input, and I feel like one of the points of a calculator, as opposed to for instance an Android thing, is not to do that. I've been eyeing the TI-84+ CE, especially since it seems to use an eZ80 and programming that in assembly with the new ADL mode might be neat. HP RPL is intriguing (especially since it does the Forth↔ASM thing!) but the 49g+/50g seem expensive and difficult to find, and I guess the Prime only supports their newer Pascal-like language rather than dropping to assembly.

3. Replacements for (or adjuncts to) both our half-built desktop computers with more expertly chosen components. We want to fix them up, but many of the components are several years old by now, and we're in that weird era where that might be The Bad Case. Also the graphics cards our predecessors picked are solid price-performance choices for the time but also possibly underpowered and we might want to use these for fancier interfaces / gaming / etc. than they were anticipating. (We keep hearing about cryptocurrency-related GPU shortages and it's worrying.)

4. A midrange (well, maaaybe high-end if it's genie-budget time, though we wouldn't want to get used to that and then not be able to get another when it broke) replacement for our Android tablet. The current one is a low-budget Asus MeMO Pad which we got because we remembered one of our predecessors having a tablet in the same line and it being perfectly reasonable. This one wasn't; whether from pure underpowerment, hardware defect, or creeping software bloat we'll probably never know, but either way it is usable but only just.

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Posted on 02-26-18 04:47:30 PM Link | Quote
Just a couple things, really.

• Some sort of mid-late 90s laptop that could handle DOS games well. There's probably a handful of stuff I have floating around that wouldn't play nice with DOSBox.
• A new Android tablet that's actually decent. Everything I've seen around anymore isn't even on the same level as the Nexus 7 from 2013. Shame that line's discontinued, it's a really nice tablet...
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Posted on 02-26-18 06:46:33 PM Link | Quote
A new phone. Probably another Moto E, but more recent. I liked this one, it's just that it doesn't have that much internal memory (dammit stupid built-in apps) and it's sometimes glitchy, like, more than it should be.

For the computer:

- New case. This one isn't bad but the front audio/mic ports don't work.
- Extra HDD in case this one fails, doesn't really need to have a lot of space, it just needs to exist and be a new. Never really tested SSD, but there's one thing I know: they're too costly for me.
- New GPU. This one isn't bad, but its VRAM issues are simply terrible. It doesn't glitch oftenly, but when it does, oh boy it does glitch.
- An USB drive with more space. The 4GB one isn't bad but it's starting to break physically, and the 32GB one flat out doesn't work.

Other misc things: new keyboard and mouse. Current ones aren't bad, but I could do with some slightly higher quality ones.

Some other people at home want to buy a new computer for them (E8400 processor + 500GB HDD) except they wanted a 1TB HDD, so I thought I'd make a deal by swapping CPUs (mine is an E7500) and grabbing the 500GB HDD for me and buying them the 1TB one. So, that's probably the next upgrade that I'm going to be having...whenever it happens.
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Posted on 03-30-18 02:05:40 PM Link | Quote
i've been getting really into keyboards lately, but i really want one that embodies my Japanese mid-2000s home and office aesthetic. my specific requirements are, in descending order of importance:
  1. white or light grey

  2. full-sized, full key caps

  3. reduced number of keys but retains numpad

  4. PS/2 input (USB is acceptable)

  5. multimedia keys

  6. Japanese layout (US layout okay, most European layouts not okay)


currently i'm using a Mitsumi KFK-EA4XT, which looks okay but doesn't have a particularly exciting feel to it. it, in fact, feels sort of gummy. previously, i used a Fujitsu FKB1420, a really beautiful reduced size 104-key keyboard that was unfortunately too small and started hurting my hands to use (see below for an image, this a later non-PS/2 revision with the same layout and size called the monica FC; i had the grey version from the late 90s).



the strongest candidate right now is the Fujitsu FKB8811, which i'm about to snatch on eBay maybe, but haven't made the leap yet. i can't decide how i feel about the bezel at the top and bottom.



Fujitsu also produces the FKB8769, which lacks a numpad, violating rule 3, but it makes good use of space.



Sanwa also makes a good candidate with the Sanwa KB-KG3W. the design is so compact, looks distinctly mid-2000s and bonus points for the white cord. it also comes with a PS/2 adapter!



finally, Leopold produces some gorgeous mechanical keyboards, such as the FC750R in all white below:



and an even smaller one, the FC660M:



as gorgeous and undoubtedly satisfying as the Leopolds probably are, they are expensive. in fact, i found a Sanwa KB-KG3W listing just as i wrote this and ended up ordering one. hopefully i can say goodbye to the Mitsumi and hello to the Sanwa when it arrives from Japan next month!

also trying to get my hands on one of those Lenovo mini media keyboards with trackballs (below) for my bedroom TV, a tiny wall-mounted Action ACN5104 10.4" TFT LCD Color TV/Monitor with a unique SVGA resolution—looks super cute running Windows 7 on my bedroom wall in my loft.



now, if only i could find a trackball i like better than the Microsoft Intellimouse Trackball for my desktop...



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Posted on 03-30-18 03:34:37 PM Link | Quote
My dream retro computer to own is a Sharp X68000 (doesn't matter the model as long as it takes 5.25" disks) complete with a MIDI card.

Otherwise, I want a Power Mac G3 or G4 with the "oven door" and a ThinkPad T60.

As far as upgrades to my current PC and peripherals go, I could use a bigger SSD and a better microphone. A mechanical keyboard would be nice as well but I'm fine with my Natural Keyboard 4000 right now.

Also, a Sega Dreamcast would be nice.
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Posted on 04-01-18 01:37:27 PM Link | Quote
more monitors, more space for more monitors and a video card that can handle more monitors

Originally posted by Tarale
I want an 8ban player! (link to Techmoan video)

Look at it! LOOK AT IT! It's so fucking cute!!


this is super cool
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Posted on 05-08-18 07:38:28 AM Link | Quote
How things have worked out so far:

- Not buying a new case for the computer because in the end this one works fine and I actually quite like its design.
- I'm buying a new HDD today. This one is starting to show signs of failure. It should arrive sometime this week.
- New GPU this month or the next one. I had to remove the old GeForce GT610 because it was crashing too oftenly. Using the onboard video for now. My father wanted to see if he could fix the card by replacing its VRAM chip and using it on his computer.
- I bought two new USB drives, one 16GB and one 32GB, and they both work perfectly.

Something else that I wasn't expecting was getting a new CPU, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400. The benchmarks have been giving great results, but I can't really notice it because Windows is not working full speed right now, understandably so.
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Posted on 05-08-18 12:31:11 PM Link | Quote
I've been looking at arcade sticks, but I can't justify the price. Even a fightpad like the HORI Fighting Commander is a tad out of my price range.
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Posted on 05-22-18 08:47:36 AM (last edited by Nin★Collin at 05-22-18 08:48:04 AM) Link | Quote
I want a hard drive for my Zenith 286 (at least 20MB) but they are so pricey! The cheapest one I've found is $60, and they only go up from that.
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