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    A memory of the 1980s



    …it wasn’t all bad .

    OK, the calculator dates from 1984-5 but I was still using it in 1989… & still use it today.

    The Oysterquartz dates from 1987 - but initially sold in Jan 1989.

    The album was released in 1989.

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    Last edited by zelig; 31st July 2021 at 13:33. Reason: Date corrections

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    A memory of the 1980s

    Crummy iPhone picture: Dieter Rams calculator for Braun, Aldo Rossi Momento for Alessi and Sony SW transistor.





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    For some reason, I thought the calculator would say 'BOOBS'.

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    A bit like Zelig?


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    Quote Originally Posted by barneygumble View Post
    For some reason, I thought the calculator would say 'BOOBS'.
    Why didn't I think of that ???

    ...I would have in the 1980s

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    A bit like Zelig?
    Excellent - That would never have occurred to me - I missed an opportunity there!

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    Bee Gees was another word you could create.

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    ....and BOOBIES

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    Bee Gees was another word you could create.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    ....and BOOBIES
    For some reason in my school it was always BOOBLESS

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    Quote Originally Posted by enndriz View Post
    For some reason in my school it was always BOOBLESS
    Yep, ours too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    Crummy iPhone picture: Dieter Rams calculator for Braun, Aldo Rossi Momento for Alessi and Sony SW transistor.
    I absolutely loved my Sony ICF-SW1. A real James Bond piece of kit.

    Can’t for the life of me think what happened to mine. I did look on eBay a while ago and complete good condition ones are well north of £100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post
    I absolutely loved my Sony ICF-SW1. A real James Bond piece of kit.

    Can’t for the life of me think what happened to mine. I did look on eBay a while ago and complete good condition ones are well north of £100.
    That doesn't strike me as too bad, they were pretty expensive 30 odd years ago. Capacitors dry out, so mine replaced recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    That doesn't strike me as too bad, they were pretty expensive 30 odd years ago. Capacitors dry out, so mine replaced recently.
    Yes, decent value. Who changed your capacitors? Just looked on eBay and some are sold with a loudspeaker issue which I think might be caused by that. Might be tempted to get one for old time’s sake!

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    An eBay seller called dextermogg. Cost £46, but I love the radio so it was worth it to me.


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    A memory of the 1980s

    The telltale sign of a capacitor problem is the sound, referred to as a rough motor boat noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    An eBay seller called dextermogg. Cost £46, but I love the radio so it was worth it to me.
    Thanks. I might just see if I can find a nice one and get it fixed if necessary.

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    I was hoping someone might post one of those calculator watches with the game where you have to press the numbers as they appear on the screen to delete them. Sounds boring but I'm fairly sure I found it preferable to Maths.

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    I had a Texas Instruments TI-59 LED programmable calculator that featured some sort of mathematical game that the user played against the machine. If the computer won it displayed: 55178, if it lost: 3507.1
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    Excellent!

    Bliss and I lose.

    A lot of midnight oil was burnt coming up with those. Love the attention to detail.

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    I'll see your calculator, and raise you a TI99/4A and a 1980 G10 Fatboy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetlee View Post
    I'll see your calculator, and raise you a TI99/4A and a 1980 G10 Fatboy.

    Excellent - that’s what I was hoping for.
    …we have he beginnings of a thread.

    Maybe time to dust off the BBC Model B ?

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    I spent yesterday afternoon clearing out my office and found an old box of commodore 64 books and games. If the prices on e-bay are to be believed I could get myself a nice Tudor for what they seem to be worth.

    I had both a calculator and a watch with the 'matching numbers' game on them when younger, I remember my dad and mates loved playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian2002 View Post
    I spent yesterday afternoon clearing out my office and found an old box of commodore 64 books and games. If the prices on e-bay are to be believed I could get myself a nice Tudor for what they seem to be worth.

    I had both a calculator and a watch with the 'matching numbers' game on them when younger, I remember my dad and mates loved playing.
    Commodore 64 now selling for money? God I remember having one the games taking forever to load. One of my friends had a ZX Spectrum he was like king of the hill with that.

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    Bought my only keeper in 1984, lots of memories . . .





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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    The Oysterquartz dates from 1987 - but initially sold in Jan 1989.
    Still a 1977 design with development starting in the early 70s though - and all the better for it!

    The Americans is great for catching that early 80s vibe, and for further nostalgia, Physical on Apple TV is great at catching the transition from the 70s to the 80s where both decades were happening at the same time, a really good show.

    [nerd] Just off to brush up on my 6502 Assembly language, and where did I leave that UK101? [/nerd]

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    Quote Originally Posted by enndriz View Post
    For some reason in my school it was always BOOBLESS
    All Boys School?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enndriz View Post
    For some reason in my school it was always BOOBLESS
    We had SHELL.OIL, so even more dull

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenikjones View Post
    We had SHELL.OIL, so even more dull
    ESSO.OIL too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert75 View Post
    Commodore 64 now selling for money? God I remember having one the games taking forever to load. One of my friends had a ZX Spectrum he was like king of the hill with that.
    Yeah one of the bits of software I have is up on e-bay for £107 and some of the books are a good £30-100. Yeah the standard C64 loading was dog slow but quick loaders became prevalent after a while.
    My C64 had a serial number of iirc 0000109 which would make it worth megabucks (S00007017 is up for £3.5k), sadly I sold off all the hardware I had for a few quid decades ago. Now I can share in the feels of someone who sold their blue nautilus for under rrp a few years ago.

    Anyway to haul this back to horology... I had one of these in the 80's spent one of my first pay cheques on it.
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    Got this for a birthday in the 80s.

    Still have it, still working fine.

    WRT 6502 Assembler. I got a book about it in 1984 but I never even turned a page (I got into COBOL instead). One of my retirement aims is to teach myself Assembler. I have my BBC Micro in the loft, but I'm sure there will be an emulator on the PC for it.

    A great era the 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenikjones View Post
    We had SHELL.OIL, so even more dull
    Haha I had almost forgotten about that one - the calculator bantz was pretty crazy in those days!

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    1980's

    You could also play the odd recognisable tune on touch-tone phones of the era, for instance, 45545, 456-5-4 played the first two bars of 'Strangers in the night'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    ESSO.OIL too!
    FFS I never realised that until now - thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enndriz View Post
    Haha I had almost forgotten about that one - the calculator bantz was pretty crazy in those days!
    2 of my minor regrets in life is not keeping the Timex I had as a child (1970s) and leaving my TI calculator at my old workplace (from ~1985) - nothing special but the designs have stayed with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sish101 View Post
    WRT 6502 Assembler. I got a book about it in 1984 but I never even turned a page (I got into COBOL instead). One of my retirement aims is to teach myself Assembler. I have my BBC Micro in the loft, but I'm sure there will be an emulator on the PC for it.

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    I did COBOL at collage but never used it in anger all I can really remember about it is pic x. Taught myself 6502 assembler but aside from a few abandoned projects never went anywhere with it. Fell in love with 68000 assembler though, just so easy to write for and had many games published written in 68k assembler before I moved on to C.
    Thinking about it I did have a couple of games published on the SNES which was a 65816 (a 6502 with some 16 bit op codes tacked on) so there was that...

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    My contribution....... The BRAUN still running original SONY batteries.

    Maybe ignore this post, I just checked the HEUER's papers, seems it was born in 1991 ..............



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    Quote Originally Posted by BEZELBOY View Post
    You could also play the odd recognisable tune on touch-tone phones of the era, for instance, 45545, 456-5-4 played the first two bars of 'Strangers in the night'....

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    It was a happy day when I discovered that my Commodore 64 disk drive could do this.

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    Nice idea. All acquired new by myself in the '80s. A Fender Stratocaster guitar (1982), a Pentax Program A with 50mm lens (1987), a Rolex GMT (1986) and a Casio fx451 (1985).


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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Nice idea. All acquired new by myself in the '80s. A Fender Stratocaster guitar (1982), a Pentax Program A with 50mm lens (1987), a Rolex GMT (1986) and a Casio fx451 (1985).

    I had forgotten about the FX451. My first scientific calculator. Brings back memories of primary school.

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    ^ classics - all 3 of them ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Nice idea. All acquired new by myself in the '80s. A Fender Stratocaster guitar (1982), a Pentax Program A with 50mm lens (1987), a Rolex GMT (1986) and a Casio fx451 (1985).

    Loved my FX451, so much so that my OH found me a mint replacement one a few years ago so i could keep the magic alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Mr Curta, those Seiko A829's are by far the coolest digital watches ever.
    If I could pick up a good one I think my collecting days will be over.

    Lovely watch

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    Not so cool… but a very ‘80s Tissot Stylist …



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    Saturday nights are retro night for me these days.

    Plenty of 80's here for you.


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