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Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest gadget you still use regularly?

By Jos · 77 replies
Nov 15, 2013
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  1. As technology enthusiasts we’re constantly tempted to stay on top of latest and greatest innovations. Whether that’s a next generation smartphone, a high-end gaming rig, a big screen TV or anything else that tickles your fancy. At the pace the...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,862   +1,183

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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,490

  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

  5. Belkin Nostromo N50 Controller - Bought around 2002 and still in use now
  6. My 5 year old cell phone
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Garage door opener.
  8. Pencil.
  9. Remote control

    (if it doesn't use batteries, is is a gadget ?)
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I just got rid of my Linksys router from 2002/3... it was on its last legs.

    So next I guess it would be my Motorola Xoom Tablet. I want something new, but it still works and looks like new!

    Besides buy back prices are laughable considering what I'm still able to do with it, and what they sell it off for once they have taken you to the cleaners..
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
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  11. It's a tie between some old Logitech products all from early 2000's. The MX1000 laser mouse, original Di Novo keyboard set, and the Z-680 Surround sound. They've all really stood the test of time and are still going.
    The mouse amazingly still holds a decent charge. Even while designing circuit boards, a mouse intensive job, the MX1000 can still go 3-4 days till the light even turns red.

    The keyboard still feels great and has a modern design that will never go out of style. I would say one of the best membrane keyboards of all time.

    The surround sound is another good ol' standby. Not the best sounding, but quite good if you consider I paid ~300 bucks for it and I've used everyday for the last ~10 years.

    The longevity of these devices is a testament to good engineering.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    Then the question was reworded to the following.
    "Today we want to know: what’s the oldest piece of technology you own and still use regularly?"

    Besides the definition of gadget never mentioned requiring batteries and the use of the word(its origin) is dated back to 1850.

    Anyone who owns a car possesses a wheel, which is among the oldest of our technological background.
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  13. Still using my old reliable Nokia X2-01 (have a new one for backup)
  14. Trechie

    Trechie TS Member Posts: 18   +14

    I'm still using a Palm Tungsten T5. People with smartphones look at me like I'm a dinosaur.
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  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    My trusty Zippo. 34 years and counting for the tried and true flint and striker technology.

    Got a couple of old PS/2 mechanical keyboards lying around for repairs/reinstalls on old systems that don't like USB, but they are occasional use only.
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +419

    I'll have to think a bit for my actual oldest gadget but since dbz mentioned PS/2 keyboards, I'm still using my first PS/2 keyboard to type this. It's a beige Dell Quietkey that came with my first PC, a Windows 98 machine.
  17. My 1916 Hamilton railroad pocket watch. Still keeps great time!
  18. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    My first android phone the G1 lol and also my iPod classic even tho it is out of date by a ton it is still the best ipod / music playing device invented! A whole 160gb of storage which is enough for me until I get past 500gb of music xD
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  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,507   +2,299

    You should have changed the name for this topic to, "weekend festival of semantics".

    Besides, isn't the term, "gadget", archaic? I thought everything was a "device" these days.

    But, I'll take the bait anyway. How about my opposable thumbs, they're pretty nifty "gadgets".
    Yes, man's first real tool, that doubles as a weapon.

    Just remember the first rule of using a hammer in the field.; "never try to force anything with it, get a bigger hammer".
  20. johnehoffman

    johnehoffman TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +35

    My HP12C financial calculator, which I bought around 1990 as a replacement after my first one was stolen.

    The HP12C was introduced in 1981, and HP is STILL selling them today, more than 30 years later. I do not know of any other electronic device that has been around nearly that long. It is a testament to great design and quality manufacture.

    Mine is so old that is was made where little is made today--in the USA.
  21. PaulH

    PaulH TS Rookie

    My 9800GTX.
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  22. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    Still ticking. Trident TGUI9440 1MB PCI video card, note please Peripheral Component Interconnect no Express. I use this when a fricking mobo comes in that won't boot to POST. It has served me well since 1997.
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  23. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    An iPod 3G.
  24. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    Toy car. Still waiting to own a real one.
    MrAnderson and Mooseinadesert like this.
  25. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    IBM Thinkpad T40, 10 years old but still going strong :)
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