A conversation about 'old stuff'.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Abstract, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    This board is full of people who talk endlessly about how much they want the newest stuff. There are people who update to the newest Mac every single year, people who upgrade mobile phones every six months, and even those people who don't think that an octo-core Mac is fast enough for porning.

    What about old stuff? Do you still regularly use something that's really old, something that you should have thrown out ages ago, but have kept around due to sentimental reasons, or the coolness factor of owning something truly retro? This may include clothes, shoes, computers, and anything that you use ON A REGULAR BASIS. Don't just list things that you own, or stuff that's supposed to be old (eg: wine), or used for many years (eg: a ring, nice watch, wife/husband, bad jokes). What do you still use or wear that has lasted well beyond your normal tolerance for age or rattiness/grunginess?

    I own this organic striped t-shirt that I still wear. I don't know what it's made from exactly since all the labels have worn out. It's made from organic cotton and a material that allows it to stretch. However, the collar isn't very elastic anymore, so it feels loose and looks awkward. I bought it at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in Canada 7 years ago. I'm only 27 years old, and so this is probably the oldest shirt I own. I don't exactly come from a generation that keeps their stuff for long. :eek:

    I'll show you something else. The Pumas in the photo are fantastically old, and I wear them every day. I've had them for 5 years, which is an eternity for casual shoes. I have actually bought several pairs of shoes to replace them, but nothing was as comfortable. My Onitsuka Tigers are uncomfortable, and my other pairs fails miserably. These Pumas were originally a white + creme colour, and made completely of suede. You can see bald "leather" patches developing, and the grey/dark grey colour they've become.
     

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  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I've got old t-shirts that I still wear. Some are nearly 20 years old. I still use my Canon A-1 which my dad gave me years back. He bought it brand new just after they had been released.
    My main Macs are 7 and 4 years old.
    I don't need the latest and greatest stuff to do what I need...
     
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I had a really great Packard Bell computer from 2001, most people would say "eww Packard Bell" but it truly was a great computer. I eventually maxed out the RAM to 512mb, put in a big hard drive, bought a new PSU for it which mad it near silent, and a nice case. Had it running as a Linux Fileserver. It really had great sentimental value to me believe it or not, until one day whilst trying to repair the OS, I dropped a PCI bracket into the PCI slot and shorted the board :rolleyes:

    I still have the case, RAM, PSU, etc. but had to chuck the board and CPU. Managed to get some important stuff off the hard drive by slinging into a caddy luckily.

    Ah it was great, 1.3ghz athlon which would totally rape any P4 on the market at the time (rofl williamette). I even took the heatsink off and it was still running at 30ish celsius.

    I intend on putting together a cheap £200 computer together for its purpose, and see if I can learn to love again :p (I love my Macbook, but not as much since I've only had it a few months, I'm sure I will love it way more in a few years but still).
     
  4. BBS macrumors newbie

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    I still use my portable CD player that my dad bought for me in 2004. Same with my laptop - Powerbook G4 - (now running on leopard and still works great. Although it's with my dad for now...) I also have several shoes and clothes that I use. The oldest ones I think is at least 7 years old...
     
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    That is very good going, my "used beyond tatty" item that I use everyday are my trainers also. They are 13 months old Dunlops which for the trainer is very impressive. I can't bring myself to buy a new pair of trainers because these are so comfortable.

    The only thing hold them together is some reinforced black tape.

    There are several other things that are old that I use on a semi-regular basis however I just can't be doing without these.
     

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  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I use a shovel inherited from my pops that he used to shovel coal mix mortar with in the 50's. Just used it to mulch my plant beds last weekend.

    I also have some very religious socks and underwear over five years old.

    Some tees over ten.
     
  7. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    My old vinyl LP's. I don't even have a player for them any more but I just can't part with them. I thought about getting one of those USB turntables and ripping them but I don't think it's worth the trouble but those large album covers just take me back. (I had no problem chucking my old 8-track tapes).

    A few years back I had a wind-up alarm clock I was fond of. Power dips in my apartment caused my electric alarm clock to blink "12:00" and I would be late to work too many times. The "tick-tock" was kinda soothing, after a few years it wore out. Now I use my cell phone alarm.
     
  8. Xfujinon macrumors 6502

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    I have several old backpacks that I use for rock and fossil collecting.

    I keep shoes because I have a tendency to get them filthy, so I have dozens of pairs of crappy, beat-to-death shoes in case I go hiking, wading in the river, etc.

    I keep shirts long after they have ceased being presentable; I use them when I throw pottery at the studio.

    Old stuff = interesting.

    New stuff = paranoia that it will get prematurely damaged.
     
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I've still got my very first computer running.

    AMD Duron 800Mhz, 128mb Ram, 64mb graphics and 20gb harddrive running Windows 95.

    It's since had it's RAM upped to 512 and an extra 40gb hard drive put into it, and is now running Windows XP. Oh and I think the graphics card has been changed for a 128mb cheap thing.

    I gave it to my younger brother who uses it every day.

    It has to be going on 7 years old by now, and is slowly dying on me (some USB ports are no longer working) but who cares, it's lasted a damn side longer than I expected it to.
     
  10. Mord macrumors G4

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    I have a WW2 canvas bag that I still use every day, it's awesome.
     
  11. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    I still have my classic three-stripes Adidas tracksuit top that's about 15 years old. I bought it when it was de rigour uniform for us Indie kids.

    I wore it once when I went shopping in Cardiff about five years ago and a sales rep in Westworld Clothing offered to buy it from me - I told him to bugger off!

    It's now part of my football kit and I do believe that I'll probably still be wearing it in another 15 years.
     
  12. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    That reminded me - I still use my 1975 Navy issue duffle AND my pops '56 Army one! Those things last forever.
     
  13. Abstract thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    Run DMC really did have a big hand in helping them get so big, really.

    And that jumper doesn't look out of place today at all. I'm surprised anyone was able to tell that it was old, and offered to buy it off you. They really haven't strayed very far from their basic design, have they.
     
  14. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    The jeans that I'm wearing while typing this, are 20 years old. I only wear them on the weekends, so they do last longer. ;)
     
  15. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I likes old stuff. Old clothes mostly, my newest shoes are 2 years old (but never worn in rain, ossom condition). Doubt I'll be updating my 2 year old iMac for a while too! Something clicked a year or so ago when I realised I don't need the biggest and fastest computer for my needs. Yea it'll be great for gaming and for graphics work but I still... don't... need it. :)

    Pics to follow.
     
  16. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    I would have to say the Zenith TV in our living room is old. It was bought in 1999 and is one of those that has a wooden enclosure around it that were kinda popular in the 80s, I don't even think they make them anymore :D But believe it or not it plays just as good if not better than any other TV in the house.
     
  17. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    They last longer if you don't wash them much either.:p

    I have some clothes from the 40s and 50s that were passed down to my from my mom. My daughter, who is 16, has recently begun getting them out and wearing them because they are back in style. I believe her comment was, "Omg, these rock!"
     
  18. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Well, there's teh shirt™...

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    ...a Hull City shirt from the 1992-93 season, so that's 15-years oldish . Worn as my first choice shirt while attending matches this year, it's brought us a fair bit of luck as well as admiring glances from fellow supporters. :)
     
  19. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    True that, but this was before Adidas released their 'Original' range at vastly inflated prices. Who'd have thought, I was once fashionable! :D ;)
     
  20. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816

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    I got old t-shirts that I still wear. Some are nearly 20 years old. I still use my Canon AE-1 which my dad tried to pawn on me a few years back. I bought it brand new just after they had been released.
    My main Macs are 1 and .5 years old.
    I need the latest and greatest stuff, always. :)
     
  21. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    The Sony Trinitron 32" TV we have in our basement is from 1991 and hasn't skipped a beat. I've got my Wii hooked up to it.

    We have a clothes dryer in our basement that's used daily for laundry that was bought in the 80's. We've gone through 3 new washing machines (currently on a Bosch) since 2000 yet this thing still keeps on chugging.

    Old things last longer.
     
  22. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    That is so invariably true.

    All the latest and greatest technology seems to break within a few years. The old technology just keeps going.
     
  23. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    My dad has an old southern bell rotary telephone hanging on his wall in the kitchen. I know it's at least 45 years old. He still uses it, daily! I guess if you're used to be tethered, you don't even realize your freedom is being compromised!
     
  24. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I still have my old Sony Walkman, complete with dial-tuner. Egads!
     
  25. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Err that has to be the worst logic ever. Especially seeing as everything that is now old was once new. Meaning that at least some new things last :).
     

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