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..... I had to walk 20 miles barefoot in snow to school and it was steeply uphill both ways.

Well my memory may be a little fuzzy on that but I do know I paid a lot more for basic necessities like big screen TVs and PCs.

Was going thru old files and came across receipts for the the first big screen I ever bought (34 years ago) and last PC I ever bought (31 years ago, built them all after that).

50" Mitsubishi analog:



Last PC, but not the most expensive. I bought the first PC-AT (with EGA display) sold to the public in AZ 10 years earlier in '84 (I believe) for $4500 plus tax.

 

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........... and in 1965 a Chevelle SS 327/350, 4-speed, posi, "transistor ignition", P/S delete, A/C delete, optional tires/wheels, tinted glass, radio, performance suspension, camel interior, Emerald Green metallic, HD brakes, viscous fan clutch, other stuff - was $2288 out the door, special ordered by me. Chevy Chase Chevrolet, Bethesda, Maryland.

In the early 50s Major Armstrong's "FM broadcasting system" went on-air. Middle 50s saw 33 1/3 vinyl go to "stereo".

In '64 a HewlettPackard handheld calculator with digital feedback buttons was over $300 !!! $4.98 now. ("Digital feedback" - your fingers felt the button click, signaling an entry)

Back then we manually programmed navigation computers using binary math code - one BIT at a time, set with a long row of on/off switches.
 

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I remember raising funds for our town soccer team. I forget what we sold, but if you sold enough you got a sweet lettermans type jacket, which I got.

The next year I decided to get the other option, a pocket calculator. They were worth the same in '83...
 

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Back when I was a teen, in the 90's, cell phone plans were by the minute, average $.50 per minute. Plus the subscription to have an account. There was no internet or, omg, TEXTING?!?!? There was no texting?!?!? But there was a hashtag. #crazy

One was lucky to have a tape deck in the car, forget about a CD player. Nowadays, neither are in there again. Yet the radio, I mean "audio system" is more expensive now than then.


Internet access was way more expensive per Mb per second speed than it is now. And capped off at a time, rather than data usage.

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Two years ago I could buy a brick of .22 ammo for $15.00 ! Heh...Heh
 

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Two years ago I could buy a brick of .22 ammo for $15.00 ! Heh...Heh
Last ones I bought were $5. Still have one or two.

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Back when I was a teen, in the 90's.... One was lucky to have a tape deck in the car, forget about a CD player. Nowadays, neither are in there again.
Whadayamean? My '78 Trans Am has an in-dash Pioneer AM/FM/8-track/CB I put in when new. Or is there another kind of tape than 8-track? And yes I do have an 8-track recorder.

In the Cadillac all I listen too is music on an SD card in the console or blue-tooth from the phone. No tapes, no CDs and can't recall listening to radio, even the free satellite trial that came with the car.
 

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I remember when I was paying dear money on car audio, my Clarion had navigation capabilities. You plugged in an address, it gave you turn by turn directions. You just had to hit the forward button once you made a turn. There was no GPS...
 

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I remember when I was paying dear money on car audio, my Clarion had navigation capabilities. You plugged in an address, it gave you turn by turn directions. You just had to hit the forward button once you made a turn. There was no GPS...
That's interesting. Never knew there was something like that. Did anyone ever end up in San Diego instead of Bangor because they forgot to confirm some turn?

I wonder if there was something between that and GPS? I have a G-Analyst (what Mike Valentine built and sold during his gardening leave from the Radar Detector game). I could plot a track based on calculations using time and g-force recordings, so the same accelerometer components in a pre-GPS nav could have eliminated the need to manually confirm a turn.
 

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Or is there another kind of tape than 8-track?
My late model run 2002 STS has a 6-CD changer in the console, a single CD and Cassette tape in the head unit.
 

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That's interesting. Never knew there was something like that. Did anyone ever end up in San Diego instead of Bangor because they forgot to confirm some turn?

I wonder if there was something between that and GPS? I have a G-Analyst (what Mike Valentine built and sold during his gardening leave from the Radar Detector game). I could plot a track based on calculations using time and g-force recordings, so the same accelerometer components in a pre-GPS nav could have eliminated the need to manually confirm a turn.
I'm trying to find some old documents or videos on what I had. But check what came out a couple years later...

http://news.cnet.com/Clarion-to-build-AutoPC-using-MS-software/2100-1001_3-206922.html
 

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Back when I was a teen, in the 90's, cell phone plans were by the minute, average $.50 per minute. Plus the subscription to have an account. There was no internet or, omg, TEXTING?!?!? There was no texting?!?!? But there was a hashtag. #crazy

One was lucky to have a tape deck in the car, forget about a CD player. Nowadays, neither are in there again. Yet the radio, I mean "audio system" is more expensive now than then.


Internet access was way more expensive per Mb per second speed than it is now. And capped off at a time, rather than data usage.

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I'm trying to find some old documents or videos on what I had. But check what came out a couple years later...
Good luck finding things from pre-web. I was surprised I couldn't find a single picture of that big screen I posted the receipt for. There were 3 models. The only differences were the cabinetry. Mine had giant wooden doors that covered the screen when not in use. But anyway, like I said, no pictures anywhere.
 
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Not my pictures, but like this? My boyfriend's father still has one like that it burns my eyes and gives me headaches. :bonkers:
We bought him a new flat screen and he put it in another room and still watches the old t.v.


 

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When I was a kid there was no TV in Fairbanks and only one AM station. People didn't drive their cars in the winter time and all of life's neccessities were delivered after being ordered by phone from the Jot-Em-Down store. The phones had no dial. To make a call you picked up the phone and listened until "Central" came on the line and asked for the number of who you wanted to talk to. The earliest phone number I can recall for the home phone was East 82. We had a four party line and much time was spent listening in on others conversations.
 

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In the late 60's early 70's we had about the same thing in the rural community we lived in.

The one radio station tried to play something for everyone so you would have George and Tammy, followed by The Doors or The Rolling Stones. I think it is one reason my own tastes in music now is so eclectic. At night we could sometimes get WLS out of Chicago.

We had a Party line and one of them was for a bar down the road.
They would leave the phone sitting on the bar if they had a call for a customer, if they weren't there, or didn't take the call, the phone could sit there on the back bar forever. After several attempts to call out, only to hear a Jukebox and pool balls clicking together, dad would have to hop in the car , drive down there and have them hang up their phone !:lol:
 

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Wow! Yeah, that's it! Thanks. Does he get tired of holding the remote over his head to work the VCR with it behind the mirror unit? LoL

Of course he's gonna watch that instead of a new flat screen. That projector TV cost $11,000 new in today's money! Gotta keep the "Jones" in their place.

Not my pictures, but like this? My boyfriend's father still has one like that it burns my eyes and gives me headaches. :bonkers:
We bought him a new flat screen and he put it in another room and still watches the old t.v.


 

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In the late 60's early 70's we had about the same thing in the rural community we lived in.

The one radio station tried to play something for everyone so you would have George and Tammy, followed by The Doors or The Rolling Stones. I think it is one reason my own tastes in music now is so eclectic. At night we could sometimes get WLS out of Chicago.

We had a Party line and one of them was for a bar down the road.
They would leave the phone sitting on the bar if they had a call for a customer, if they weren't there, or didn't take the call, the phone could sit there on the back bar forever. After several attempts to call out, only to hear a Jukebox and pool balls clicking together, dad would have to hop in the car , drive down there and have them hang up their phone !:lol:
When somebody forgot to hang up or hogged the line we had a police whistle we blew into the phone.
 

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basic necessities like big screen TVs
:histeric: Sorry Hoosier, but that made me laugh. I can't help but wonder what either of out parents would have considered "basic necessities". I guess times (and priorities) have changed.

Just an interesting observation. :duck:
 

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I've posted this before .............. Mom or her mother, Bud, would drive the Dodge Brothers Six into the local AMOCO station and ask "May I have a dollar's worth, please ?" That was gas for a week - of course, NO ONE in the city "commuted" in 1946.

Basic necessities ? Rationing stamps, red pennies, and an occasional steak from a cow that "died of unknown disease". The German Army prisoners that worked the farm for Dad (after he was flown home from the Pacific) were fed milk, eggs, vegetables and lard smeared on stale bread. Maybe a chicken every other week.
 

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Good luck finding things from pre-web. I was surprised I couldn't find a single picture of that big screen I posted the receipt for. There were 3 models. The only differences were the cabinetry. Mine had giant wooden doors that covered the screen when not in use. But anyway, like I said, no pictures anywhere.
You'd be surprised how much has been downloaded on teh intrawebz...
 
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