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Posted by Paul Braren on Jan 7 2018 (updated on Jan 10 2018) in
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    "Paul Braren's nostalgic look back at PC, audio, video, PC, and phone tech from the 1970s to 2000s, including the ThinkPad 701c Butterfly with an expanding keyboard"
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    Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com joins Jim Collison @jcollison for show #340 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network

    For a limited time only, you can pick up the same Home Gadget Geeks shirt I'm styling during this podcast. At any time, you too can become a supporter at Jim's "the average guy" Patreon Page.

    Jim and I looked back at some of the many gadgets my family has held on to, a representative sampling of the tech I've used throughout my life. Most of my useful used stuff was sold on eBay long ago, as I tried valiantly to put a lid on my hoarding tendencies. These items in particular offered some special sentimental value, gladly held on to for posterity.

    Best watched on video, as I hold the various gadgets up to my webcam for YouTubers to see, as we recorded this live. Yes, it's uncut and unedited, so please forgive some slip-ups.

    Headphones & Microphones

    "Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Duro Plus Cloth Cords Sport Earbuds" on Amazon.

    Not sure when these first became available, but got mine for podcast guesting back in May of 2015. In discreet black, they look less conspicuous than Yurbud's signature bright-red Yurbuds Ironman Inspire PRO Performance Fit Sport Earphones with 3-Button Control and Mic, Black/ Red released back in 2013. When on podcasts, I plug my Yurbuds right into my Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone with my NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand, it all seems to work great with my 12 core Supermicro SuperServer Workstation/Datacenter Bundle 1, which was used during this podcast, and is used for TinkerTry content creation.

    "Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone" on Amazon.

    Mowing & Snowblowing

    "BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Cushioned Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling - B76" on Amazon.

    Date first available on Amazon was May 2016, I got mine in December 2016. I've used these a few dozen times already for snow blowing and mowing duties, with no obvious signs of wear. They help me reduce hearing damage from those crazy-loud gasoline powered motors, while allowing me to enjoy podcasts at reasonable volume levels. The (limited) playback controls avoid the need to reach for my phone, using my right-ear multi-purpose single-button control instead, but memorizing the number of presses needed can be difficult. I used a Ziploc snack bag to protect my iPhone 7 Plus (with the case removed), and now my iPhone X, kept in my pocket.


    These are most definitely less goofy looking than TinkerTry’s DIY solution for listening to podcasts while mowing back in 2013, since affordable Bluetooth headphones weren’t a thing yet, see:

    Alternatively, you can get Bluetooth headphones with active noise reduction in an all-pastic design for as little as $50 see Monoprice Noise Cancelling Headphone with Active Noise Reduction Technology.


    "Bose QuietComfort 35 [Series I] Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black" at Amazon.
    • Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black (2016)
      Great for listening to podcasts and music while flying, excellent comfort for long duration use. I notice there is slight less bass when I'm using the Bluetooth connection versus a wired connection, but I believe the difference is probably less than you'll notice with similarly-priced competitors.

    First available on Amazon in June of 2016, I got mine in January 2017, knowing my new job would have me on noisy regional jets like the CRJ-900 much more often. I also use them for phone calls from hotel rooms, and nobody seems to complain about the quality of my voice through that ear-cup mic.
    Here's a newer version than mine that features the new Google Assistant integration (with button), and was first available on Amazon is October 2017


    Image courtesy of tonepublications.com, click image to visit source.

    I told the story of picking up a pair of these in my early teens by haggling the price at one of those Times Square electronics shops. It could explain why I don't like haggling, at all.

    Open air-design meant they weren't exactly ideal for shared environments such as dorm rooms.

    Computers and accessories


    A close look at the innards of the IBM PS/2 Model 50 (1987), which featured a lot of firsts in the PC marketplace including:


    Image screenshot from Donkey Kong [Game & Watch] Longplay on YouTube

    Hand-held 1 and 2 player games of the early 1980s by Nintendo, TOMY, and more.


    "RioVolt SP100 Portable CD/MP3 Player with 120 Second Anti-Shock" at Amazon.

    Cameras & Camcorders

    Image courtesy of kenrockwell.com, click image to visit source article.

    Cell phones & PDAs

    Image courtesy of "MOTOROLA ST7867 Manual" on manualslib.

    IBM ThinkPad 701C Demonstration

    Click the image to jump to the right spot in the video.

    Thank you again Jim, for you being you, and for inviting me again!

    Shownotes & Video

    Detailed shownotes, podcast feeds to subscribe to, and an easy way to leave greatly appreciate podcast reviews, all found right over at Jim's source page:

    "Paul Braren and Vintage Tech, 70s thru 90s Head Phones, Cell Phones, Camcorders and Video Games" on YouTube.

    See also at TinkerTry

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