Archive for Nostalgia

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 20 – 25

Have you been enjoying this vintage electronics advent wishlist, along with the chocolates you’ve been snacking on in your boxed advent calendars? Five more days to go. Make sure you go back and start reading these wishlists from the beginning if you haven’t done so already! Day 21: Simon! (1978) I don’t think there is […]

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 16 – 20

We’re past the halfway point on this Wishlist series. I know it’s bringing back a flood of memories for me. How about you? Do you now suddenly feel the urge to hit up eBay for any of the old electronic devices you always wanted, so you can buy back your childhood? Don’t forget to go […]

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 11 – 15

Ten days in this series so far. Did any of the things I have posted ever show up on your former wishlists, or even better, show up as a gift during the holidays? Don’t forget to start at the beginning of this series if you haven’t done so already. Day 11: The TRS-80 Computer (1977) […]

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 1 – 5

I’ve always wanted to do a “countdown” style series on social media. I just never thought of, or settled on a suitable countdown theme to do so. This year, while perusing some old catalogs I have in my collection, I decided on a theme of items I remember wishing I would get for Christmas when […]

Retrochallenge R̶C̶2̶0̶1̶8̶/̶0̶9̶ RC2019/10

Update – 12 SEP 2019: I’m back at it, again, to continue with another Retrochallenge. But, instead of picking something new to not eventually finish, I’ll rehash an old one which means a great deal to me. The only thing is, I will use the incentive of Retrochallenge to focus more of my limited free […]

3D Graphics – Amiga Style!

A long, long time ago, in an era so far away, an Amiga was all that I had… My early computing days were Commodore centric. I had a VIC-20 for my first computer while in high school. Then in my first years in the military, I bought a Commodore 64. A few years later, I […]

Damark – The “Great Deal” Catalog

On the lines of Fingerhut catalogs that are still being sent to millions of houses today, well known as a recognizable source for borderline useful tchotchkes for the home, the Damark catalog generally provided similar product offerings in the form of electronic devices. Apparently, Damark (up until the year 2000) ran a number of shopper’s […]

Radio Shack: A Personal Perspective

Here it is… February 5, 2015, and the once powerful Radio Shack stores has declared bankruptcy. It’s a bit surreal, but I suppose after the past decade or two, I’m not totally surprised. However, I can’t help but think back in retrospect as to how the chain of stores impacted me directly, and also my […]

Throwback Thursday – The Rotary Dial Telephone

A recently discovered YouTube video, subsequently shared on the Vintage Volts Facebook feed, got me thinking about the quaint beginnings of a technology we all seem to take for granted. That technology is called the “telephone.” Today, we most grab our smartphones and tap a name in a contact list or text thread to call […]

Christmas Demos – VIC-20 Style

This Christmas day, I had a chance to look back and reflect on some of my earlier days as a computer programmer, working on simple, yet festive graphic demos on my Commodore VIC-20. It was 1981. I received my very first computer in October of that year. By the time Christmas was approaching, I had […]

The way ELECTRONICS used to be!

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