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Whenever you buy a piece of technology it should be in the knowledge that it will be superseded very quickly, either by a new and improved model or a new and improved technology. At this point it’s up to you to decide whether to stick with what you have or to upgrade to the shiny new gadget tempting you.

Most of us have decided to stick with what we already have at least once in our lives, and this is the avenue we hope to explore in this week’s We Ask You column.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What’s The Oldest Gadget You Still Use Regularly?Gadgets” is, on this occasion, a catch-all term for any piece of electronic hardware, including (but not limited to) televisions, computers, audio equipment, tablets, smartphones, cameras, video games consoles, and white goods.

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Take a look around you and determine what the oldest piece of technology is that you own and still use on a regular basis. Do you have an old TV in a bedroom? Or an ancient computer which you’ve found some use for in its later years? Do you still use a record player or watch VHS videos? Do you prefer a CD Walkman to an MP3 player? Have you eschewed successive generations of video games consoles and stuck with a retro machine?

Let us know what gadgets you’ve kept around, and why you’ve held onto them for so long.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us.One reader will even win Comment Of The Weekwhich will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Sachin
    March 8, 2015 at 6:12 am

    25 inch Sharp CRT TV. Bought in 1996. Still going strong.

  2. Daniel Davies
    June 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    hello again, i'm not sure if it really counts but I use it almost everyday and its kinda old, its a 1983 Gibson sonex custom in matt black finish. picture here: it has been through many owners before me and still works perfectly. it does have a few scratches and the paint is wearing a bit in places but it sounds great and i love it. I also bought a hard carry case with it and use that regularly aswell

  3. Sharjeel Larik
    June 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    iPod classic 160GB

  4. Camille Nykerk
    June 5, 2013 at 3:32 am

    HP iPAQ 214
    Great device which i won't give up. to me it still is a a small computer which does most of my needs, right, it is not a phone, doesn't have a simcard but has programs which i use on a daily basis, like orginizing my cash flow, music player, keeping my important documents, all of my codes are on it with my SPB wallet program and much more.

  5. suzanne williams
    June 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I have got a black and white TV which is there since i don't know when probably before i was i born....but the fact is watching movies in my old Black and White TV is sometimes fun...

  6. rena
    June 4, 2013 at 4:19 am

    I have an ancient dell that only (barely) works when plugged in, but I use a cassette player regularly to listen to harry potter on tape. It sounds so much better that way despite the speakers being terrible.

  7. Rich C
    June 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Really, can't the younger generation keep useful stuff around for more than ten minutes? In white goods, we still have teh electric stove we bought with the house in 1964 (it's a late-50s to of the line Moffat and yes, was used to cook dinner tonight) I still have two functional film cameras, a 1960 Pentax S3 and slightly older Fujica ST-705, but the TTL meter is unusable since I lost the battery compartment cap in the tall grass of the Manassas Battlefield while on a visit to Washington. My 1983 Adam computer is still up and running, called on for things like envelope addressing (it can have the job finished before Windows even boots), labels (the printer tractor feed does them well). I use my VHS tape recorder through the racing season, and if I had time to watch the tapes would have my Betamax recorder set up too. I do have a couple of Commodore 1702 monitors that will work with its output, as will my wife's Amiga monitor. But the Rondo 2000 hi-fi record player needs a new needle at the moment. My wife still uses the Mixmaster mixer that she inherited after her mother died at age 100, along with her classic pressure cooker. The cellphone is a Nokia 6013 which I regard as fairly new.
    Yes, there's much more, but you get the point. Fundamentally I've lasted fine well past80 years and see no reason why more recent stuff can't last too.
    "Si fractum non sit, noli id repere" - to use an old language still with current utility.

  8. Jason S
    June 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I use four old and outdated gadgets on a regular basis. I have an old iPod Touch 2nd generation (yes it bothers me that there are very few apps I can install) and an old Motorola Droid. I also use the old JVC CRT TV in my basement with my PlayStation 2.

  9. terri
    June 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Pen and paper

  10. Jeremiah
    June 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    A Sony Smart Engine SLV-SX600E VCR player - it dates from 1997. Works just fine. Video cassettes recorded on French late-night movie programmes over 20 years ago still run on this VCR. My copy of Avanti (1972, Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills), once in beautiful Technicolor and recorded eons ago on another video cassette recorder, has been put through the Smart Engine so many times that it's now a black-and-white movie. But other than that the films still look great. The Smart Engine is connected to a 42" Phillips plasma screen - the old Sony portable TV bit the dust about 6 years ago. I will admit to preferring watching movies on something larger than 14". :)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Oh God, watching movies on 14" televisions really was no fun at all lol.

  11. Colin
    June 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Still using my Quad 22 preamp and pair of MK 11 power amps. I've had several dozen tranny amps over the past 40 years and NONE sounds as good as those tubes. ;-)

  12. Jonathan Alvarez
    June 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    My almost 4 year old Blackberry Bold 9700 :(

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Don't be sad... if it still does the job!

      • Jonathan Alvarez
        June 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        That's the thing, it's dying on my. It freezes, lags, restarts on it own and with 2 batteries (one on and a spare) it only last about 8 hours on me. That's why Im sad. I need to get a new phone but I have bigger issues that are taking up more money....

  13. Trenzalore Who?
    June 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    My Aiwa stereo system. It would have been during my 98 -99 high school years. I was working at target. It was the best stereo we sold. Surround sound 5.1 system. I have it hooked up to my computer minus the sub woofer. I destroyed it in a a overclocking process. But I will be damned if it doesn't sound better then the day i got it. That makes it somewhere between 14 to 15 years old.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I'm sure I have a similar system at my parents' house, and it still sounds great. It has a 5-CD disc changer, which was a godsend at the time but now feels ancient thanks to MP3 players and streaming music services.

      • Trenzalore Who?
        June 4, 2013 at 3:29 am

        well with that said.... I owned a rio mp3 player when it first came out. Literally the first commercial mp3 player on the market. and I went through several others... But this stereo system, while it doesn't get used every day like when i was younger, still holds it's own. It was like aiwa's farewell present as they exited the american audio industry. I don't know if they still make audio equipment here or only back in their country or not at all. Just guessing. Anyways, point is I swear i am not behind on my tech. I got my 680 sli rig on a 3770k z77 mobo. its crankin that bass and pumping out data through ssd. But the stereo.... yeah its old.

  14. auditor
    June 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Though my desktop system is about a year and a half old, the fridge my house came with is a Hotpoint from the 70's (strange autumn yellow color) makes death rattles when cycling on and off but works fine. (the house was built in 1874, how's that for ancient?) Co-worker was going to toss an old 2003 single core Dell laptop crawling slow with windows xp, I took it, wiped the 40 gb hdd and installed Puppy Precise 5.5 and is fine for streaming audio during 3a-5a dead hours at work (graveyard auditor @ national chain hotel). My car? 91' explorer, quarter million miles....not a gearhead so am assuming vehicles should get 500,000 miles before replacing? Oh, and my super-cheap vcr recorder (Daewoo cost 50$) from 2003 that has run 24-7 for more than 10 yrs as part of home security running analog cameras on property is still functioning.....though it's starting to make strange death squeal sounds, maybe I should have cleaned the heads more than once the past decade? So, that will be replaced with new 8 channel dvr on the way. The desk I use for computer stuff at home is from the 70's, is 3'x6' has an L shape, the L part is 2' x 6', newer computer specific desks are tiny. (inherited desk from Dad's office)
    Love the new tech (run dual monitors 20" & 21.5" lcd's on desktop), installed firewire card to run 1999 Sony TRV820 cam (that works beautifully still), but why toss old tech if it still functions or can be repurposed like the ancient laptop? Have an old (maybe 20-30 yr old) analog radio alarm clock that is a lifesaver when power cuts from storms during day when I clocks reset to 12:00, analog only lose the amount of time power was out and will still go off at time set for wakeup. Used to have a 1910 victrola which rocked during long-term power outages, but that's another story.......

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      If a house counted as a gadget you'd definitely have the oldest mentioned in this thread.

      I love your way of thinking. Yes, you like the new stuff, but that doesn't mean you automatically throw anything it replaces away. If only more of us adopted such an approach.

  15. Fred
    June 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Would you believe.... until about a year ago I used an old Commodore 128 to run a MIDI sequencer program for three synths and a Yamaha Clavinova. It did the job!
    I played and arranged most of Jelly Roll Morton's published works and even did an album of Bach and all of Handel's Messiah. It was a challenge, but the equipment was no problem! (PS Here's one of the numbers - a Scott Joplin Rag arranged using the C128 at

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Blimey, I'm amazed it did the job!

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      June 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Wow the memories! I cut my personal computer teeth in the 1980's on first a Timex Sinclair 1000, then a Commodore 64, and finally a Commodore 128 before moving to pc clones. People would be as amazed today as they were back then at the pure quality of the Commodore MIDI hardware! Among the other personal computers back then there really was no musical competition.
      Sadly, my wife at some point got rid of all the "junk". Why am I still married to her????

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      June 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Wow the memories! I cut my personal computer teeth in the 1980's on first a Timex Sinclair 1000, then a Commodore 64, and finally a Commodore 128 before moving to pc clones. People would be as amazed today as they were back then at the pure quality of the Commodore MIDI hardware! Among the other personal computers back then there really was no musical competition.
      Sadly, my wife at some point got rid of all the "junk". Why am I still married to her????

  16. onemouse
    June 2, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I have a Macintosh Classic at school that I roll out for new classes as we begin graphic design units - to demo the heady-heights of a monochrome graphic engine; still works fine tho' the keyboards missing one key. On occaisions I'll also boot-up my 1994 original Newton MessagePad to demo a pen driven OS - few students believe handwriting recognition is more than a few years old.
    I'll also spend a nostalgic evening (once or twice a year) thrashing Tetris for a couple of hours on my old monochrome Gameboy.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      That's a couple of classics you have there, very evocative of a time gone by. I have flashes of nostalgia and get the ol' Commodore 64 out once every couple of years.

  17. David Dee
    June 2, 2013 at 3:22 am

    If every six months means, "You Still Use Regularly?" then this qualifies. Maybe I'm just proud every time the screen turns on! It's a Compaq Portable from 1983, I believe it cost me over $3500.00. Weight 28 pounds, now that's a portable. CPU: Intel 8088, 4.77MHz., RAM:128K, 640K max, Display:9" monochrome monitor built-in 80 X 25 text, Storage:Two 320K 5-1/4" disk drives, Ports:1 parallel (expansion card), OS: MS-DOS.
    I use to lug this on-board the plane twice a month for business, the portable was so big it wouldn't fit under the seat in front of me.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      That counts :)

      Wow, that is quite the machine. What on earth can you do with 128k RAM these days?

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      June 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

      I can remember ads in Newsweek back then showing your Compaq as doodled on the restaurant napkin it was brainstormed on by its two inventors. I can't remember any specifics but I remembered thinking it would be awesome to carry your computer with you lol. 128k back then was top of the line maximum capacity. Wow!

  18. KRS
    June 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I use a 78-rpm record player regularly and play acoustic records from as early as 1902. I have transcribed most of them to reel-to-reel tape, though.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Wow, I haven't seen a 78 record for a long time, though my Dad did/does have some. He also had reel-to-reel but that's also old tech. Is there any possibility of transferring them into a digital format?

  19. Daniel Davies
    June 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I still use my 32GB 2nd gen iPod touch from Christmas 2008 and only recently filled it up. I'm stuck with IOS 4 so it doesn't support many apps anymore but i still managed to completely fill the storage about a month ago, i also use the original earphones that came with it but the front plate of the microphone thingy is falling of lol.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      I've never got on with the iPad earphones. That would be the first thing I'd replace!

      • Daniel Davies
        June 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        really?! personally I think the original iPod earphones are way nicer than any other earphones I've tried, My sister has got an iPhone five recently and I tried her new earphones but I still don't like them as much.

  20. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:25 am


  21. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    my psp

  22. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    my xbox

  23. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    my pc

  24. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    ha ah

  25. Adly Asraf
    June 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My phone, Sony Ericsson W205. Not really old, I guess.

  26. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 7:35 am

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ps1 xbox270

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      What the hell is an Xbox270 when its at home?

  27. TheUnknownCommenter
    June 1, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Let me see the oldest gadget I own is my parents TV (Sony 21 inch). Dad brought it in 1992 :) & believe me or not its still going strong :)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      They don't make televisions like that any more. The only thing that would annoy me is the depth of the old TVs.

  28. Kelsey Tidwell
    June 1, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Up until October 2012 I was very dependent on a Palm Zire 31 PDA my dad gave me for Christmas in 2010. He had actually bought it used on Ebay a few years ago, and had moved up to a more powerful Palm product, and thought I might have a use for it.
    An avid reader, I stored hundreds of ebooks on it, and it actually had many useful apps I dredged up in dark alleys of the internet. Finally getting my first smartphone last October, an LG P870 Escape, I've relegated the old Palm to a drawer. I started to donate it to a thrift shop because I do have all the manuals and software, and I had even soldered in a new bigger battery for longer use between charges, but I just don't have the heart. I really don't believe anyone nowadays will take the time I did to learn the Palm way of doing things, and it'll probably end up in the trash.
    Using it compared to a modern phone can be likened to printing on an old dot matrix black and white can do what you need to do, but it ain't pretty.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      That's a good analogy. Keep it, savour it, think of it as a reminder of a previous age in the world of mobile devices. You're right, I can't see anyone else cherishing it in the same way.

  29. bobby lasley
    May 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    i still use my 1st comp. a dell desktop using a windows xp/sp3,and i still use my boost incognito cell.and i get strange looks from some folks when i use it!!! lol.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      They're just jealous that they've spent serious cash on newer computers since, while yours still does the job :)

  30. Ian
    May 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Newton Messagepad 130

  31. G rice
    May 31, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I have a Nokia N8000 - Mint style tablet I have had it since 2007. Not a phone, can only use with wireless, can access email, the web, read PDF documents, take photos, access Skype and flash and a lot of other things. Handy to carry, a little slow, but not take a lot of room when traveling and works just fine. Has 2 SD cards and works with my Windows PC. Display 3.7"

  32. Michael Delehanty
    May 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Still using my Palm Tungsten e2 all the time.

  33. Avish Kansakar
    May 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Still using an ipod nano first gen

  34. Eric Gay
    May 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    My Timex DataLink watch, Model 150, circa 1994. Also necessary for this lovely NASA shuttle mission-certified gem is a PC with no later than WIndows XP installed (preferably Win 95/98 ) and a CRT monitor with adjustable scan rates to send data to the watch.

  35. Aaron Barwick
    May 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I still use the PalmOne Zire 31 PDA, for keeping track of my email addresses passwords, contact list, reminder of birthdays, photos etc. I've had it since 2001 and it still working thanks to recharging everyday.

    • Dmitriy Tverdov
      May 31, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      You memory must be fooling you, if your's is Zire _31_ then it at least from mid 2004 :)
      It was neat budget device at the time, though screen screamed "entry level" much louder than anything else.

  36. William Earl
    May 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I have an ancient Garmin Nuvi Street GPS that I'm still using. I upgraded the maps once and it's still OK. I'll probably replace it in a year or so because newer Street GPS' have free map updates and the maps definitely change.

    The cost of upgrading maps is almost as much as buying a new unit with free upgrades, go figure!!

  37. Nez
    May 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Ha, wow, I own way too many old gadgets to even name them all. But the ones that still work and I actually use at times? If we're counting video games, I still have my very first Atari 2600 with more than 85 games, along with NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy and others that I hook up and play when I get a nostalgia kick going(despite the fact I can do it with ROMS).

    I also own a few old CB radios and will hop on for a bit, mainly just to listen and see what's going on.

    And yes, they all still work, very well too.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      ROMs just don't cut it. That's not proper retro gaming ;)

      • Nez
        May 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Agreed 100%

  38. Phil Marsh
    May 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I still have an Atari 520STFM (upgraded to a whole 2 megs or RAM). I do still switch it on occasionally for a nostalgia fest but the hard drive I had to go with it is now sadly dead. Rest of it works ok though (although the dedicated colour monitor I bought for it has such a poor refresh rate by today's standards its no wonder I had to start wearing spectacles... :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      2 MBs of RAM? Don't overdo it now ;)

      • Phil Marsh
        May 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        Well, it was 512k out of the box, so 2 meg was flying. :) These things ran music studios back then (Steinberg's Pro 24 was the pro's choice). And the 250 quid (at the time) hard disk has a whole 50 megs capacity! And only when I got into sampling for my music did it even get close to full. Less demanding times. :)

  39. David Cook
    May 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Zune 120gb. It's still the best way to play all of my music at high quality without needing an internet connection. Plus with Microsoft rebranding the Zune Marketplace as Xbox Music, it ensures I will continue to receive new music for quite a while to come.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      If it works for you then there's clearly no need to upgrade :)

  40. Diana
    May 31, 2013 at 6:51 am

    i'm currently using my good old thinkpad t61,4gb ram,500gb hard drive and running windows 8,works great and is a solid laptop,not the prettiest one though,people tend to think is waay older than it actually is ;) I gues I only one complain,the fan is #cking noisy.
    i also have a nokia 5310 which I use as my main music player when i'm travelling,fuuny how this little phone has been with me since 2008 and its battery still last more than my six month old android.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      The battery life on smartphones is a joke. They should be able to go at least a whole day, but no, most last 18 hours if you're lucky.

  41. Junil Maharjan
    May 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

    i would say my psp2000 which i use a few times and keep it in my drawer for quite sometime. then again i get this itch to use it. I use it a few days then it goes in the same drawer again. i once tried to sell it but at the last moment changed my mind.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I'm the same with my Nintendo DS. I can't quite bring myself to sell it.

    • Phil Marsh
      June 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I guess I'm so old and non-game machine oriented these days that I never considered my PSP 2000 old! But I guess it is now. It's now joined the original Gameboy and Gameboy Advance in the "play occasionally" cupboard and been replaced by my phone and iPad on the commuter run...

      • Dave Parrack
        June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        With video gaming anything older than the current-gen is old, and we're always looking to the next-gen as well. You've found your iOS devices have replaced the need for a dedicated games console then?

  42. Garry Worger
    May 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    the oldest gadget I still use is ME. Old, decrepit, wonky... yet I still am happy to MAKEUSE of it.

  43. Art S
    May 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I currently use my AlphaSmart Dana (a Palm OS portable keyboard) every day. I use it as a better keyboard than the one my work provides, and I use it to write when I'm away from my computer. As a PDA or anything else, it's pretty useless to me, as it won't sync with the online services I need and use. However, as a place to write, it's fantastic. Why? Becuase it's NOT connected. No internet, no Facebook, no e-mail, no games, no distractions! I can focus on just writing, then when I'm done, I just plug it into my computer and send what I've written. Honestly, when it dies, I will likely have to replace it (or get the newer Neo2). I use it every day. Of course, even though it's retro and old, I still get people asking me about it when I'm writing in coffee shops or somewhere else in public. Some of the curious questioners even inquire about how to purchase one for themselves!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:05 am

      I've never thought of the advantage an older gadget can have in not being a distraction... not connecting to the Web would certainly help me focus.

      • Ben
        June 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        I have my PC directly hooked up to the router for faster speeds, and should probably start unplugging it when I find myself getting distracted on websites such as this one!

        Nicholas Carr wrote a book entitled The Shallows. It's all about how the Internet is rewiring our brains and creates an inability to focus for long periods of time. I suppose I'm lucky I can read entire books still...

        • Dave Parrack
          June 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

          I definitely think there is something in that, as I find it hard to focus on one thing for long periods of time. I've never blamed the Internet, but now that I think about it...

  44. Judith
    May 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    The oldest tech gadget would probably be the 8 year old laptop I am currently using to type this and post it on the internet. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, or toss it because it is not the fastest sleekest thing on the market. It serves me well every single day and I hope to keep using it for a couple more years.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:03 am

      If it ain't broke don't fix it... I agree. I think we're far too eager to throw gadgets away when something supposedly better comes along these days.

  45. Lisa
    May 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I have an old iPod 4th Gen? I think? What ever they had before the "touch" and the half pint ones came out, but nano's had already come out... - Still works great so no reason to replace it.

  46. dragonmouth
    May 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    @Garey B:
    I have a few 5.25 diskettes but I don't use them. I also have couple 3.5" floppy drives for the Apple along with hundreds of diskettes. I just keep using those.

    @Dave Parrack:
    I don't think the Apple II+, although in very good condition and working, is yet worth as much as I paid for it ($2500). There are still too many out there in attics, garages and basements.

    I addition to the Apple I have few other "older" gadgets. A Hallicrafter's S-40 shortwave receiver, a 27 year old microwave that we use constantly, a treadle-powered Singer sawing machine I inherited from my mother, 1950s Atlas drill press and table saw, a 1950s Frejus racing bicycle, Exacta VX SLR, Rolleiflex TLR, Speed Graphic press camera.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:02 am

      Wow, some of those things are antiques! Is the microwave safe to use after 27 years? Hold onto the Apple II+... perhaps your grandkids will be able to sell it for a small fortune.

      • dragonmouth
        May 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

        "Is the microwave safe to use after 27 years?"
        Well, chocolate doesn't melt on the counter next to the nuke box. None of us are sporting any tumors and the nearest Army installation is not complaining about interference to their equipment.

        "perhaps your grandkids will be able to sell it for a small fortune."
        If someone doesn't make them get rid of the "junk" like my mother forced me. I had hundreds of comic books and baseball cards from the 1960s. A typical case of "I coulda been a millionaire if my mother didn’t make me get rid of the comics and baseball cards."

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

          LOL. Well, if any of those things do start happening we'll have learned how long microwaves last before they start cooking everything within a 10-foot radius. Which is always useful.

          Ugh, that sucks. One person's junk is another person's fortune. Some of the comic books from that era are worth an absolute fortune now.

        • dragonmouth
          May 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          When anybody here starts growing extra appendages, I'll let you know.

  47. null
    May 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Orginal 30gb brown brick zune, with zune srvc (10 free song per month). Main music source while driving.

  48. Bill Parrott
    May 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Palm VII

  49. David
    May 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    On a weekly basis I play with my Tomytronic 3-D Sky Attack toy from Tomy. The binocular video game from 1974 still has plenty of fun left on those circuits.

    • David
      June 2, 2013 at 2:59 am

      I have to edit my own post. The receipt in the box says 1980, sorry for the confusion, chemo brain!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      I find it amazing that you still play it. Imagine how many hours of entertainment you've got out of that!

  50. macwitty
    May 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    A small Sandisk MP3 player. Old enough that no one want to steal it. It has been left on a lot of places but always been there when we come back to ask for it. Oldest is a a Beocenter from 1990 - the only player around where we can play tapes

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:00 am

      Putting people off stealing something is one hell of a good reason for holding on to old gadgets, I must say :)

      • Pooky Joralyn
        May 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

        Seems like my ol' ThinkPad is the same thing. Have to type 3 different passwords just to start Windows, and another password to unlock the encrypted partition LOL

  51. Jimmy
    May 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    My feet and mouth and hands as I walk the town paying my bills and doing my shopping. Never had to change batteries once, everlifes :)

  52. Dee Wheat
    May 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Actually, my brain is the oldest gadget I own LOL! I also have an Acer that is at least 12 years old that still works, a $%&(*(*& Vaio that is only a year younger (although, since it spent its first year old life back at Sony because they just could NOT get it right!), an Acer netbook, an old Mac Mini that will still get me online...sort of....I'm not sure how old my TV is, but it weighs about a hundred pounds LOL, so you know it's old, one of the original GPS for Dummies units that doesn't hold a charge any more but does a fine job as long as you have it plugged into the cigarette lighter, and we won't even talk about my cell phone. When did Samsung come out with the slider keyboard units? I bought mine about a year after the first one came out LOL.

    Oh, and my car is a 1987 Ford Econoline half ton custom series van with two factory installed fuel tanks and it cranks first time every time and runs like, as my father used to say, like a scalded dog.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:00 am

      Old television sets were extremely heavy... and a bugger to move. Are you a bit of a hoarder perchance? If so, I don't blame you... I get attached to gadgets rather too easily.

      • Dee Wheat
        May 31, 2013 at 4:51 am

        Not a hoarder, just too cheap to dump something that may be outdated but still absolutely usable, plus I do a lot of disability advocacy and pass along discarded computers and other electronics to kids where a family member or the kid themselves has a disability and the family can't afford electronics.

        And yes, this RCA is huge and weighs a ton, but it has a crystal clear pic and I only use TV as background noise 99% of the time anyway LOL so I just can't make myself dump it just yet.

        The van is of course the biggie, but it's almost impossible to find a vehicle that I can load my wheelchair into and this one really does run well, so as long as it is dependable, I'm not getting rid of it. The surprising thing is that I normally get around 17-18 mpg. If I drive like a maniac, of course, that drops quickly LOL!

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

          I wouldn't say that's cheap, just responsible. If only more people took your stance that if it works, why replace it, there wouldn't be the debt problems in the world.

        • Dee Wheat
          May 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

          Well, that's how I feel too, but my kids think I'm just cheap LOL. I keep telling them, cheap is not always bad.

  53. Doug Dieckmann
    May 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    IBM t-42 laptop - that I bought from a former employer. I replaced the display 3 yrs ago and right now the fan makes a noise like a food processor sometimes but it is used everyday. It is a very sturdy workhorse and Lenovo still supports it.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:58 am

      As someone whose laptop also has a noisy fan, I appreciate the analogy :)

  54. Steve
    May 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I have a Sony LW/MW/FM/SW radio that I bought when I started travelling the world on business in 1982 and that I still use every night when I wake up thanks to insomnia.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:57 am

      Radios are extremely long-lasting, and the technology doesn't really change much. I bet it works just the same as the day you got it.

  55. Laurie
    May 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I still have my old GB Color, GBA, and my 1996 cassette tape/CD player that I went to college with. Our tv is a 26" lead weight from 2001. My parents still have our old Atari 400 with the keyboard attachment and a cassette tape drive. Runs well, and dad still attempts to key in Basic text games from books he finds at flea markets and garage sales. Some work, most don't.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:56 am

      That takes me back to the days when my dad would key in the code for games on the Commodore 64. A 26" CRT must be extremely heavy.

      • Laurie
        May 31, 2013 at 3:41 am

        Yeah, the old set weighs a ton, but the caveat is that it's too heavy to tip easily when the toddler decides to give Elmo a sticky high five. Meanwhile, while not a computer/tech object, I still sew on a 1948 Singer 15-89 treadle. I've had several newer machines that bit the dust, while that one just takes a little light machine oil and lithium grease and zips right along.

        • Dee Wheat
          May 31, 2013 at 4:57 am

          Laurie, I feel the same way about my old works, why replace it? And those old Singers aren't fancy, but they really are amazing, aren't they? They weigh a ton, and even with minimal care they last forever!

        • Dmitriy Tverdov
          May 31, 2013 at 5:35 am

          Donated pre-WWI Singer to my friend, she really likes it, esp. 'cos there's frequent brown-outs at her country house. Btw, as sewing machine itself is easely detachable from her mount, it easily fit in ordinary sedan trunk. These thing were really made to last...i inherited 3 of those, all in working condition, though original golden painting flaked - all gone to people who really use them.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

          There's at least one positive to it then! Just don't ever move house or that will take a whole afternoon to shift.

  56. deepak
    May 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Wrist watch and a 28 years old sewing are used by my mom till this date

  57. Sandra S
    May 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Vinyl is NOT dead! My husband has a collection of probably over 7500 albums (not to mention the 45's) They don't get played much anymore, though. I bought him a "gadget" (turntable-to-computer) to turn them into electronic files, but he's never touched it. As well as the photo/slide/negative-to-computer converter I bought him for Christmas 2 yrs ago. Oh well, if he gets the bug, he's got the technology to do it.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:55 am

      You have prepared him for the digital revolution, you just have to wait until he's ready to join in ;)

  58. Natalie
    May 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Still have the record player we use regularly with our collection. Theres nothing like the sound with all the jumps and skips thrown in!

    • Paul Simpson
      May 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      I really love some of the frying bacon background noises. Time Life left some of that in for the Jazz Collection especially for the original recordings back in the 20s and 30s. How I miss that.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:54 am

      There is something intoxicating about vinyl, which is why it'll probably never die completely.

  59. David Albee
    May 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    a pencil...

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:53 am

      This is where I draw the line on what constitutes a gadget!

      • Grant Allen
        May 31, 2013 at 3:05 am

        i'm sure he meant a "mechanical" pencil. LOL

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          Possibly. Even then I'm not sure it counts as a gadget :)

      • David Albee
        May 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        "draw the line": yuk, yuk... I get it!

        • Dave Parrack
          June 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

          I didn't even mean that intentionally, but I'll take credit for the pun ;)

  60. Paul Simpson
    May 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Let's see, how about my Sansui M-Series stereo (bought in Japan in 1983) (dual cassette, dual sided turntable, tuner and equilizer) that I am still using to convert some of my old vinyl to mp3s. Not to mention the Kenwood 9G that is waiting for speakers in my library. I bought that in 1978 and it still works. BTW, my NAV-Tech Celestial Calculator (for determining your position from the sun and stars) that I bought in 1978 still works. I don't use it as I don't fly any more. Still have it as well as the wooden box it came with. I still have a bunch of old calculators stored away dating back to the HP-67. Wife says I should open a calculator museum.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:53 am

      You sound like a bit of a hoarder... not that that is a bad thing when it comes to gadgets :)

      An online calculator museum could work.

    • Grant Allen
      May 31, 2013 at 3:04 am

      those old HP's are worth money on ebay, especially if you have boxes and manuals.

  61. Daniel Sibisan
    May 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I am using my CANON EOS 400D DSLR camera (in US it was Digital Rebel XTi).
    The model was launched in 2006!
    It does not have live-view, you have to look through the eye-viewer... But it takes great pictures!

    • Dee Wheat
      May 31, 2013 at 5:02 am

      That was my starter DSLR and I absolutely LOVED it! I actually prefer using the viewfinder rather than using live-view. I have found I get much better pics that way.

  62. Grant Allen
    May 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    man! this is easy! I still regularly use my Ti-83+ from high school (i'm a couple years out of college now). I love how it just keeps the whole problem right on the screen and you can go back and correct any typos before you hit enter. Somebody needs to (if they haven't already) make a graphing calculator app for smartphones (ios, android, bb, and windows), that allows you the same freedom. Enter the whole problem before ever hitting enter for the answer. It could do order of operations and everything! I want to go get it right now...not because of the ease adding long lists of numbers like in a budget, but because it has "pecs" and "block dude" (many hours of free time in class were spent with these games on that calculator). TI-83+ forever!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:51 am

      You're the second person to have mentioned a calculator so far. I think we may have found something smartphones cannot easily replace!

      • Grant Allen
        May 31, 2013 at 3:03 am

        not just any calculater, because there are some awesome ones on phones that you can even write on the problem with your hand. It's the fact that the old graphing calculators let you write out an entire problem before calculating anything. they even wrap the numbers when it gets too long for one line. It's just really great because you can go back and fix the one number or symbol you messed up, without having to re-enter everything. if there isn't an app like that out there...i just found how to make my millions.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          I've never seen an app that fits the bill... do your research and make your millions!

  63. Richard Dreger
    May 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    3rd gen iPod that I use at work and can no longer access it through my computer so I am stuck with the music that is on it.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:50 am

      You should keep that forever as a kind of musical time capsule for future generations.

  64. Andrew Rossaak
    May 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I was using regularly - until 2 weeks ago when it died, my Canon IXUS V 2,1 megapixel camera. The stainless body was great for carrying around site - and the small picture size made editing reports fast and easy to email.

    I also have a 160GB ipod classic.
    A ausus eee 2G surf
    An old canon inkjet printer pixima iP3000 which I use regularly to print on CD's and DVD's.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Are you buying a new camera to replace the one that died?

    • Dee Wheat
      May 31, 2013 at 5:10 am

      You know, most people don't realize that you can take perfectly good pics with a low resolution camera so they spend big bucks for a high res one and are then disappointed when the quality of their pics is not improved nearly enough to justify the cost. After you hit about eight or nine megapixels, and depending on the camera, sometimes less than that, the real advantage to having the added resolution is that you can take pics and blow them up to the size of a billboard without pixelating them.

      The key to good pics is having a good eye for composition and a good post-processing program LOL.

      • Dave Parrack
        June 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        There is certainly a lot more to it than the number of megapixels, but sadly we got fixated on them for a while. It's still happening to a degree with smartphone cameras.

  65. Shawn
    May 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Nokia 6110 About 9 years old now. Back cover now taped on as cannot find new back cover easily and clip broken. On to 2nd battery which I had to get from Hong Kong!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:49 am

      That thing has to be quite weighty, no? Does it even fit in your pocket?

  66. Steven W
    May 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    30 Gb Zune

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:48 am

      So you're the one person who bought a Zune ;)

  67. Kay Fritz
    May 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    My mobile, Blackberry Torch. I never found a phone with a keyboard as good as that one, so I hang onto it.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:47 am

      That's a solid choice you've made. If you can't find a better alternative then stick with what works for you!

  68. calexico88
    May 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    My old Iriver IFP 180 mp3 player!

  69. Min Xuan X
    May 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    My dad has a set of Creative 2.1ch speakers (not sure whether the subwoofer still works) that he bought in 2003, which still works till this day playing sounds from his desktop.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:46 am

      I'd totally forgotten about speakers... I still have some that have to be at least 20 years old. Geez.

  70. Min Xuan X
    May 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Nokia 3120. That was my main phone since 2007 until I changed to the Nokia 3120 Classic (notice the subtle but important difference) in 2009, then to the Asha 303 in 2012.
    I still use the 3120 (NOT the 3120c, that's already dead) at times but I will use it more often in the near future because of *cough* military training *cough*.

  71. Patrick Saunders
    May 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Palm M125 with Nokia 6234 because they can communicate via infrared

  72. Ben Klaas
    May 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    My 10+ year-old Squeezebox Classic gets daily use in the living room. I was on the development team that brought the next generation of squeezeboxes online (SB Radio, SB Touch), and I have the newer ones scattered across other rooms in the house, but the old school VFD display on the Classic is still rocking the living room in style. The beauty of the Squeezebox product line is that the central server continues to support all of the products, going even two generations back from the Classic.

    Squeezebox is now a completely discontinued product line, with its technology living on in an intentionally limited and intentionally not backward-compatible "smart radio" product. Horrible wrong turn. 'Tis a pity, but I intend for Squeezeboxes to be powering my multi-room music system for as long as they keep working, and they show no signs of age. More than I can say for any computer or mobile device I've owned. Heck, I've gone through a few waffle irons in the last 10 years.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Is it just nostalgia for a product you helped develop that keeps you using it? Or would you find it useful regardless?

      • Ben Klaas
        May 31, 2013 at 3:22 am

        Wildly useful. Look up in the comments, I'm not the only one mentioning squeezebox. Music from my central server, internet music services and radio, podcasts, all over my house including multi-room sync, all from a decade old product and open source server software.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          I spotted someone else had mentioned it. I can't say it was something I was particularly aware of but I am definitely am now.

  73. Ryan Grassfield
    May 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I have my Super Nintendo! I love my Zelda!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Those were the days. Proper games you could lose yourself in for hours, and no online rubbish distracting you.

  74. Marcelo Velazquez
    May 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Does a Palm Pre Plus from AT&T count as -garbage?.
    I also have a Philips cassette player, stil working (No way to find cassetes now tough, hahaha)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

      That definitely counts, but not as garbage. I must admit I don't miss cassette tapes in the slightest!

  75. null
    May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    A Sony World Band Radio bought in 1983...!!! Everyday use...!! Its still awesome...!!

    Also own a Intel 386 (runs MS-DOS)... Still have it but not using sine last 2-3 years...!!! Still love DOS...!!

    • null
      May 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Also own a Nokia 3310/3315...!! Not using since 2 yrs..!!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Radios can last for decades without needing to be upgraded, though I did recently buy a DAB radio to replace mine.

  76. Raazan Malla
    May 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Still using Nokia symbian phone when Android and iOS is the current trend.

  77. Goldie Douglas
    May 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    All three of my desktops are about 10 years old and still have single core processors in them.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:40 am

      What operating systems do they run on?

  78. Lou S.
    May 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Core memory. Not really using it because I can't find anything to connect it to. :-) Copper wires are still there. Maybe there is hope? I could use a little extra memory on my phone.

    • Rob H
      May 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      I've got a chunk of that too, 512 bytes the size of a small but thick hardback book. I only "use" it as a visual aid to how computer memory has changed since it was made in 1957! That's just about twice as much memory as is needed to store this paragraph!

      • Lou S.
        May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        :-) These are on a printer module I got from a Control Data technician. The cores on these are the larger of the two boards I have. The cores are about 1/16" (in diameter) and one can see the three copper wires threaded through each core, in rows, and banks on the board. The cores on the other board looking like they might be 1/64" in diameter. They are arranged in rows 18 of these what looks to be 8 bit longer rows. I don't know how many are in the long rows. Kinda cool. As did you, I use if for education.

  79. Theresa Sutton
    May 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    An Pentax K1000 film camera cant give up film

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Not swayed by digital photography yet then?

  80. Vipul Jain
    May 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I bought a 512MB MP3 player in around late 2006.
    And surprisingly I found an image too -

    The buttons are pretty screwed now, but I do keep it with me on trips since it runs on the good 'ol AAA batteries easily accessible. So if I run out of juice, I still don't run out on music :D
    Though 512MB makes it tough to choose only the best songs!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:39 am

      That can't hold more than 10 albums, I'm guessing. That definitely makes it tough!

  81. Aais Plex
    May 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I have a Technics SU-V300 amplifier and a pair of big 3 way speakers. They sound way better than any home cinema system or entry-level studio monitors.

  82. Garey B
    May 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Well today I fell of my dinosaur when I read this article and my choices were easy I have a Coloecovision via 1982 but my favorite by far and definitely used more but still in fantastic shape is my hand held Mattel Electronics Hockey from 1978. I guess I've kept the Colecovision because it was the first game console ever owned in my family and remember everyone including mom and dad played for hours. The hockey game is still around for pretty much the same reasons the memories and the nostalgia the hand held led-lit hockey game is used more often because when my computer is tied up from encoding my movie collection or one of the kids are doing homework it's a great way to kill time. Just like I tell my kids they don't make stuff like they used to.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 2:38 am

      A Colecovision? Even I'm not old enough to remember those! Nostalgia is a great reason for hanging on to this stuff. Whenever I get an old computer of games console out of the loft the memories flood back.

    • Phil Marsh
      June 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

      That IS amazing - I remember a shop in my home town having an Atari 2600, a Colecovision AND a Mattel Intellivision on display in the same window and just thinking they were like something out of science fiction... How times change. :)

      • Dave Parrack
        June 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        And now they're considered absolute classics. It just shows how fast the pace of technology is.

  83. Sebas
    May 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I have the exact same creative zen touch. And plays everyday for an easy 12 hours. Playing right now actually

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Those things are indestructible. I know as I also have one!

  84. Kundan Kumar
    May 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am still using my old Nokia black and white phone 2300 and beside it i also have a television which is about 10 years old and still we are using it.

  85. null
    May 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    My Atari 2600.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      An absolute classic, and the first games console I ever played. Do you still use it regularly?

  86. Catherine M
    May 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    my parents old stereo (in cabinet) with their old records

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Hipster! I'm kidding ;)

      • Catherine M
        May 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        just a lot of memories about a Mom who loved music - and sometimes I can see her face as she became lost into the music - peaceful moments - the calm before the storm

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          You should hold on to these forever. Music is a powerful medium for powering up the memory banks.

  87. George
    May 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    A portable cassette recorder that I bought when my WalkMan died around 1980 or so.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Do you still use it? I can't even recall getting rid of my cassettes as it was so long ago.

      • Dmitriy Tverdov
        May 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        You've get rid of all the tapes? :(:(:(
        Recently found few of my music and ZX Spectrum tapes from early '90s - oh boy, it was nostalgic moment. My tape player ( special 2-speed 4-track audiobook player) still works, but i do not use it with any regularity - as finding 4-track (2 per side) audiobooks is just impossible...

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

          I have, and it was a long time ago too. I found it very easy to switch to CDs, and I've since pretty much switched exclusively to digital, especially with Spotify.

          Does that dampen my geek credentials?

        • Dmitriy Tverdov
          May 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

          Keyword was "ALL" - _several_ tapes i keep, though best recent use for 'em was being decorations and sound for thematic "early 90s" party.
          But you're console boy iirc, while for us, ZX Spectrum crowd, sacred physical manifestation of game is casette, not cartridge :P

  88. Kenice N
    May 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    The oldest gadgets I'm holding on to is my PSone (pal) and Nokia 3595.

  89. Christine Satchell
    May 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Inspired by this Question of the Week i just resurrected my iMac G4. The one with the half grapefruit base with the monitor attached to a silver pole like a desk lamp. A total design classic!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2013 at 3:11 am

      That is a design classic. I'm glad the question inspired you to boot it up again :)

  90. Christine Satchell
    May 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I still play the odd game of Simon, the UFO shaped memory game from the 80's. Obviously, this kitch walk down memory lane does little to adress the greater issue of electronic waste and our failure to re-appropriate objects for other uses. Where we could really collectively step up though is in the 'fix it' department.

    Genrally, Western culture is pretty clueless about how to deal with a broken artefact. Getting a new one is often the easiest solution. What puts this into perspective is the fact that Human Computer Interaction researchers have found that in African countries, mobile phone shops are very different to their Western counterparts. This is because they rarely sell handsets. The booming business for them is batteries. This is because with limited resources, people have got savvy about fixing their mobile devices themselves.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Simon was present in my childhood. I kinda wish I still had one!

      I'm not sure if it's cluelessness or laziness, to be honest. If you can't afford to replace then you repair instead. I certainly wish we were all less wasteful though.

  91. John
    May 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Sony Clie. Because the DateBk app is still the best.

  92. Chuck
    May 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hewlett Packard LaserJer 4L printer--In use for over 20 years and still running perfectly. Needed a conversion cable to change the printer port to USB.

  93. Roger Fitch
    May 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Sony portable mini disc player :)

  94. dragonmouth
    May 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Apple II+ with a 5.25" floppy and a green/black Zenith monitor. Yes, it works.

    • Garey B
      May 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Is it hard to find blank media for that?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      That's certainly the oldest computer mentioned so far. Is it worth any serious money?

  95. Devlin Kennedy
    May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    An old NES. I use almost every weekend, if I am not playing minecraft on my laptop.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      What games do you still play on it?

  96. Jeff Schallenberg
    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My Squeezebox SB3 ("Classic"), circa 2006:

    You just can't buy its functionality anymore, unless you can afford a SONOS.

  97. berberine
    May 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    My husband uses his Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra several times a week, though it is dying and we're getting a Samsung Galaxy 5 player. Still, it was used 3-5 times a week since he bought it around 2003 or 2004. I use my Creative ZEN Nano Plus every day. I've gone through a few sets of headphones, but the player itself holds up really well.

    • berberine
      May 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I also forgot to mention that I had a Sony Vaio laptop that we bought in 2002. While it got to the point that it was just too slow for what I do, I gave it to the young man I mentor, who promptly installed Linux and is using it every day.

      I also have a a Creative Nomad MuVo 128MB that I bought in 2002. I only use it in the summer when I'm riding my bike, so it's in semi-regular use. The case is banged up a bit because it's fallen out of my pocket many times while riding, but it works great and I won't get anything else until it actually dies.

      • Dave Parrack
        May 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Old laptops with Linux installed on them are perfect starter computers :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      I still have a Creative Zen. They were awesome little PMPs back in the day.

  98. Lambros
    May 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I use my psp (the old fat version too) almost everyday

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      No interest in the PS Vita though? Oh Sony, how you messed up with that one.

      • Lambros
        May 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        To my eyes the vita is not as cool both hardware and software wise. I'm a bit old school when it come to gaming though. Touch on a portable gaming device? I'm not having that.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

          You're clearly not alone in that as the Vita seems to be doing about as well as the Wii U.

  99. Emlyn Jones
    May 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sega Megadrive, its older than me and is hooked up to a 22in HDTV. lol

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      It's older than you? Did you have it passed down by a parent or older brother?

      • Emlyn Jones
        May 31, 2013 at 7:37 am

        no, i picked it up at a shop about 6/7 years ago it had everything except the power cable and i found one on ebay.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          Oh cool. I must admit to having picked up retro consoles in thrift stores, and they're always exciting finds.

  100. jkendal
    May 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    iPod Shuffle - 512Mb

  101. Rob H
    May 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Maybe you cast the net too wide with the definition of gadget so I thought my answer was going to be something unexciting but functional like microwave (inherited from my mum who died 15 years ago) or radio/alarm clock.

    But no, it's sat in front of me next to the PC and in daily use: "Radio Shack EC 4075 programmers HEX and time calculator". I just Googled it and found one sold recently on Ebay for USD70, billed as "Vintage calculator". I'm sure that's more than I paid 30 years ago! (Mine's NOT for sale!)

    I read somewhere that the life expectancy of LCD displays was 10 years - well my calculator is still just perfect!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      They all count :) If you hold on to something long enough it will likely be worth more than you originally paid for it... I say sell it!

  102. Ania
    May 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    My Acer Laptop. 7 years old and counting. Runs 7 Professional 64 bit, 4 Gig Ram, 17" Display 2 hours Battery life, (still), 128Meg Graphics card; still rocks hard. Severely battered but keeps going, blows the screen inverter about once every two years. Caveats, won't run DC Universe online and The Secret world. Who cares though? Still runs 1m PHP queries into a MySQL database in under an hour, and keeps going as the main work machine when away from home, still got those 20 applications going. Hard disk upgrade to ½TByte 2 years. Dual Boots Ubuntu (for work, I like Mint), and runs multiples VMs. It has been, and continues to be, a pretty hard core machine. Rocks the bloody casbah and then some. Everyone elses Acer machine seems to blow up. Mine keeps on on Rockin'

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      That was a powerful machine 7 years ago, and it sounds like it's still doing a great job for you now :)

    • Catalin Rotariu
      May 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Sounds about right. I can't believe I still have my Acer Aspire 7720ZG after 7 or 8 years. Burned 2 or 3 video cards and once I don't know what part that help recharging the battery. Thankfully while still in service. Soon I hope to buy a computer. I'm through with laptops and I only had this one.

      • Dave Parrack
        June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        What are you going to get next? There are some fantastic all-in-one desktops around.

    • Catalin Rotariu
      May 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Srry, just looked at the bios version and from the end of 2008. So it still has ways to go until the 5 years mark.

    • Phil Marsh
      June 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      I still have an Acer laptop from 2005 - one of their pro ones I think it was. Still works well, apart from the battery not charging. I still have it with XP on and just use it to rip my vinyl (I have an obsolete external soundcard that's XP only for that). Every other Acer I've recommended to others since has been rubbish and already died - this one is tough stuff.

      • Dave Parrack
        June 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        8 years for a laptop is pretty epic. I'm really not surprised about the battery no longer charging. The one in my HP laptop gave up after just 12 months, even though I'd tried to train it.

  103. likefunbutnot
    May 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The only printer in my home is a hulking HP Laserjet IID that's probably 30 years old. I've had it for more than 10 years, having rescued it from being trashed by one of my customers after she received some or other crappy personal laser printer that I'm sure is long gone. The thing refuses to die. I've done no maintenance and I've only changed the toner once in all the time I've had it. I call it Ol' Yeller because at least one of its previous owners was a smoker and the chassis is permanently that stained in that sickly shade that old beige office equipment takes on when it's been in that sort of environment.

    These days it's connected to a Trendnet 802.11 print server and probably serves more time as the warm thing my cat likes to sleep on, but every few weeks when I need a hard copy of something-or-other, it's there for me.

    • Pooky Joralyn
      May 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      LOL, never heard a cat likes to sleep on something warm though (mine doesn't, she only likes cushy stuff)

      • Rob H
        May 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        Well we're getting a bit off-topic here but surely you've noticed how cats seek out anywhere warm? Like hiding under a recently parked car for the warmth from the engine.

        • Pooky Joralyn
          May 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

          I've no idea about this. What I DO notice is that she sleeps next to the bathtub or somewhere with a lot of water.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

          Most cats hate water and love warmth... are you sure it's a cat you have living you? ;)

        • Pooky Joralyn
          May 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

          She hates water BTW, but she likes to sleep near water. And yes, she's mine :)

        • Pooky Joralyn
          June 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          Or maybe because I live in Cambodia, where temperature hardly falls below 30C?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      You know you're a true geek when you start naming gadgets ;)

  104. Laura McIntosh
    May 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

    My GameBoy!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      An original Gameboy? How has the screen held up to decades of playing?

      • Laura McIntosh
        May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        I had two, one of them couldn't stand the test of time but my other one seems to have held out! It's still great quality, too, and I'm in the middle of playing through Pokémon Red for the umpteenth time!

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm

          Oh man, I loved that game, even though I was an adult by the time it came out. I may have to pick up an old GameBoy on eBay now!

      • Danielle
        June 4, 2013 at 2:51 am

        I too still have mine, the screen is fine but the battery life sucks. It has a clear case so you can see all it's components and I have donkey kong, kerbie's dreamland and Tetras on it.

  105. Vlado Gomez
    May 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Nokia 5110
    Sony LBT A 290

  106. Jernara B
    May 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    The 3rd generation iPod nano I received as a gift in 2008

  107. Scott M
    May 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I still use an old Marantz tube amplifier for my music.

  108. Réy Aétar
    May 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

    a 20+ year old thmson tv

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Wow, I'm amazed it's still working.

      • Réy Aétar
        June 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

        yes after many major and minor operations ...though sound doesn't come out of one speaker

        • Dave Parrack
          June 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

          That's still pretty good though. Do you have the capacity to hook up a set of external speakers to it?

        • Réy Aétar
          June 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          yes it has a headphone 3.5 mm jack

  109. MahfoudSAM
    May 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Nokia 1200

  110. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    May 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

    A Sony Ericsson K530i and a PSX, simply because they still work. The phone in particular has been very useful throughout the six years, and since I loaded it with enough applications to suit my needs, I don't think I'll replace it in near future. PSX goes without explanation. You won't throw away your old console when you buy a newer version, right?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      If only more people thought like you did there wouldn't be so much e-waste in the world. I still play original PlayStation games on my PS3 sometimes.

  111. Thomas Milham
    May 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I still use my iRiver T80, which has lasted for years, and has no damage! Really tough little thing!

  112. David Moreira
    May 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    A Nokia 3310! It's a beast. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I loved that phone... and I'm guessing you still do?!

    • calexico88
      May 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      3210 is better! ;-)

  113. Manide
    May 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

    A 9 years old Nokia 2300. And I'm proud of it!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Is the original battery still going strong?

      • Manide
        May 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        No, I gave up to it three years ago, in exchange for a free new one from an IT store which has a Recycling Day among its promo days or whatever...

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          Still lasting for a full 6 years is no mean feat.

  114. Pooky Joralyn
    May 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

    My 9-year-old laptop, ThinkPad R51, along with my Nokia E90.

    • likefunbutnot
      May 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

      I've been buying Thinkpad notebooks since the mid-1990s. I know my 560Z will still boot into Linux and the T20 I bought to replace it loads Windows XP just fine. My T42's hard drive got pulled and given away last year, but it still boots as well. A college-age friend of mine is using my T61 to write printers and play The Sims.

      I can't say that I use the old ones but they're all at least theoretically useable. Quite an improvement on consumer machines that aren't even worth opening to swap a fan assembly.

      • Pooky Joralyn
        May 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        My friend used to have a 240X (don't know if it's still with him now or not though)
        I would have bought another ThinkPad, but I don't have enough money, so I ended up buying another Lenovo instead.

      • Pooky Joralyn
        May 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        My friend used to have a 240X (don't know if it's still with him now though)
        I would have bought another ThinkPad, but money doesn't allow me to, so I ended up buying another Lenovo instead.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Nokias seemingly last forever. What operating system do you have powering your ThinkPad?

      • Pooky Joralyn
        May 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Still ol' school XP (the MCE version though). It will run Vista, but I can't even find its disk in my town, nor a reliable download.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

          If XP works fine on it then just stick with that :)

        • Pooky Joralyn
          May 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Is it a good idea to run it anyway? The processor is Intel Pentium M 725, 768MB of RAM, onboard Intel 855GME (damn!), and 40GB hard drive @4200rpm.
          BTW, I'll get a Lumia 520 pretty soon to replace the E90, although I wouldn't sell it or give it away.

  115. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Our Tvs. The 21" must be around over 15 years now, and I have a small 14" in my room, around 10 years old. :D Our family is not too much of a TV watcher.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Even our refrigerator is now around 10 years old.

      • Md Mukhtar Mohsin
        May 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Like a true Indian our refrigerator is now around 26 years old.You know since mothers marriage.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

          Hahaha, liked the part "True Indian". We really know how to get the last juice out of gadgets and electronics items, till they cry out Help!!!, we are now on our death bed. We also had a Kelvinator Refrigerator 165 litres capacity which was bought in 1969, then disposed to our household help and she got it serviced and it is still functioning till date. :D :P The built quality of older electronics were much stronger and better that today's gadgets. Today's gadgets are more feature rich, but flimsy to handling of us Indians. They surrender to our usage in a few months on a couple of year nowadays. Hahaha!!! :D :P

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      You've never been tempted by a widescreen HD monster television then?

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        May 31, 2013 at 12:45 am

        I have not taken the plunge yet, but would probably take the dip in the coming near future. :)

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

          If you watch a lot of movies then I couldn't recommend it enough. I could never go back to watching new films on anything less than a 40" screen ;)

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          May 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm


          Actually, my Mom is 67 year old and has a eyesight problem, so avoids watching TV. My Papa is 73 years old, and is hooked to only news, the morning newspaper and the news channels mostly only, so the old 21" TV serves his purpose. I personally hardly watch TV, just a programme with airs on saturday and sunday night, and when I feel like watching a movie, I watch it on my desktop computer. It is Hp w1907 Wide LCD Monitor (1440 X 900) and provides a decent viewing experience. Not too high end but serve the purpose admiringly. I plugin my headphones, so it does not also disturb anyone. Being a developing country where the standard of living is not at par with developed nations, we sometimes have to resist the yen for latest gadgets and be practical and stoic. :D

  116. Robert Whiting
    May 30, 2013 at 7:03 am

    SanDisk Sansa e260 -

    + RockBox -

    + 32GB SD Card

    = perfect audio playback device

    • Garey B
      May 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I have an e250 they did not mess around building those love the fact that it has metal on the back of the unit.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      There are several comments extolling the virtues of Rockbox... will have to check it out.

    • Danielle
      June 4, 2013 at 2:48 am

      I too still use mine regularly, It's great for audiobooks.

  117. Dmitriy Tverdov
    May 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I still my Palm IIIXE as outdoor reading device - it's small, with decent battery life and BW screen is readable enough ( eink is better, but too fragile and bulky to keep in the pocket, while my smartphone's 2200 mAH is not enough to keep me connected all the day AND give me decent reading time). Also Palm doubles as backup IR remote)
    And there's still mp3 MPIO player from 2002 i use occasionally, but it developed energy drain...

    Finally, not a gadget per se, but "vintage" thing -manual rotating calendar on my table from '60s is cool thing to use and notice how often i use desktop - which is less and less after i stopped gaming on PC.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      I find it interesting that despite owning a smartphone you've kept hold of two devices that many people imagine have been killed off by the newer form factor.

      • Dmitriy Tverdov
        May 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        I'm not really fond of eInks - somehow their gripping is wrong for me (ideal was Casio PV-S450 pda of 2000) , and IR "remote" port only recently make comeback to some mainstream devices like HTC One.

        PS I remember another device i use regularly - my alarm clock aka backup phone aka Nokia 6630, though i keep it more as personal memento, not 'cos it's superior in something. But sometimes it makes me think that it and other keyboard Nokias were last smartphones where SMART wasn't done at expense of PHONE..

        • Dmitriy Tverdov
          May 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          Smartphone - well, it's used for all PIM functions, GPS, RSS, browsing, IMs , and it's good for if find something like real 4000+ mAh replacement battery maybe i'll switch all my reading to it - keeping .epubs in dropbox beats converting to ztxt and syncing, but as i already said - current battery (on Huawei Honor 2) is not large enough, though MUCH better than on any smartphone i owned.

          As for players...MPIO is ocassionally used at home, at work i use newer mp3 player - but it's all about hardware keys, i tend to FF/REW favorite songs a lot, so touch interface is inconvenient for me.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm

          Oh, definitely. Smartphones are becoming less about the actual phone part and more about how much other stuff can we cram into this small device!

  118. Dave
    May 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Still using my iRiver H120 every day.

    It has its original battery and hard drive though they will be replaced with higher capacity units when I get around to it and can be bothered finding a suitable SD card adaptor. Also been running Rockbox firmware for years.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

      I still have an iRiver H140 which I've Rockbox'd and it's brilliant, though I must admit I don't use it very much at all any more. Still keeping hold of it, also intend to replace the battery and hard drive at some point.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Wow, that's a full decade old now. I cannot believe the battery is still good.

  119. Leland Whitlock
    May 30, 2013 at 5:25 am

    The oldest gadgets I have that I still use are the iPod Classic 160GB and a Palm TX. Both still work great.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      If you use a PDA I'm guessing you don't own a smartphone?

      • Leland Whitlock
        May 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        Actually I have had three smartphones yet the Palm is still useful to me through three different Android phones my latest being the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. That said I use the Palm less than 3 years ago but I still use it daily.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

          I find that very interesting in light of the assumption that smartphones have killed older single-purpose devices.

        • Leland Whitlock
          May 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

          When battery life of smart phones is limited sometimes a single function device is best like the iPod for music. I love my Palm for ebook reading though it is about time for a new battery. Still My Note 2 is picking up in usage and may replace the Palm for some ebook activity but not all.

  120. Christian West
    May 30, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I have two that I use on a regular basis. A 1980 Bang & Olufsen Beocenter 2002 record/cassette player that I use for records. I also have a SNES that I use on a regular basis to play Super Mario Kart and Secret of Mana on (mostly because a lot of my friends are impressed that I still own my SNES and they love battle mode in Super Mario Kart)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Can you remember the last time you played a cassette?

      They are two absolute classics for the SNES. I'm actually rather jealous.

  121. Inderpal Shingari
    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Nokia 5530

    • Jernara B
      May 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

      I have one of those too... and it's still my main phone :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      That's only 4 years old, but in terms of smartphones that makes it positively ancient!

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