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Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby m00npie » January 2nd, 2018, 9:01 am

Title: Those Kids Just Don’t Know
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 02:22:28 +0000
Link: http://throwbackreviews.com/those-kids-just-dont-know/

Description: We’re back!!! On this episode Sean & Rob talk about some of the things that their kids will never understand, some technology, commercials, Christmas traditions and they briefly touch on the Star Wars film The Last Jedi (no spoilers). Please consider using our Amazon affiliate link when making those last minute holiday purchases or any time […]
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby k8track » January 7th, 2018, 10:28 am

I enjoyed the heck out of this episode. It really resonated with me and I can completely identify with it.

I should probably go back and listen to it again and take notes (I listened to it in my car so I couldn't do that) because it seemed like there were several things I wanted to comment on. One thing that stood out is that you used the term "boombox." I am not sure if that term existed back then; was it applied retroactively? I can only speak from my own experience; I never heard that term until years later. At the time, we always called them "ghetto blasters." I always wanted one of those. I had a lesser version, but I wanted a really huge one. I remember going to Sears in our local mall and drooling over his massively huge one with three huge speakers (and only a single cassette deck). I would still love to have one today, but I think the authentic vintage ones would cost a ton.
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby Flack » January 8th, 2018, 11:39 pm

We always called them ghetto blasters too. Like other terms from our childhood (see: sitting "Indian-style"), I believe the term "ghetto blaster" was deemed non-PC (there being some implication in regards to the ghetto) and so "boombox" was deemed a more-PC term. I am always torn on these things; I don't like retroactively altering history, but I also don't want to offend people who live in the ghetto. So, "boombox" it is, although I still let "ghetto blaster" slip from time to time.

I too thought it would be neat to own a vintage boombox again. I have bought three so far and none of them have had working cassette decks. Two flat out didn't work and the third was very warbly. I am told this is due to the rubber bands and belts inside that drive the mechanisms. I am sure there are some survivors out there, but so far I haven't had good luck.

I just spent a few minutes going through Google images and found the ghet... boombox I had growing up.

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This is a Sony CFS-45. If this isn't the exact model, it's very close.
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby Flack » January 8th, 2018, 11:58 pm

Actually, I found it. It was a Sony CFS-43.

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Here's a screen grab from an old home movie of me and my radio.

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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby k8track » January 9th, 2018, 12:12 am

Passed out on the floor. You were hardcore.
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby obliterator918 » January 9th, 2018, 9:11 am

Flack wrote: I am told this is due to the rubber bands and belts inside that drive the mechanisms.


This concerns me about all of the floppy drives I keep in my attic. I don't have anywhere else to store them, and the swing from 0 degrees to 120 degrees can't be good on those things.

I had a really cool CD changer. (remember how awesome it was to be able to put all 20 of your favorite CDs in the player at once, and spend five minutes selecting the one you want?) It was probably 10-12 years old when I threw it out -- one of the bands inside of it broke so it wouldn't load discs any more. And to be honest, it was always more trouble than it was worth.

When I worked at RadioShack, we had a catalog of those rubber bands (I believe the official term is "belt") so they could be ordered for DIY customers fixing stuff that used them...
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby Flack » January 9th, 2018, 12:03 pm

k8track wrote:Passed out on the floor. You were hardcore.


This was from the end of a music video a friend of mine and I recorded. I wanted the audio to stop at the end of the video and I could tell he wasn't going to kill the video on time so at the end I dove out of camera range and reached for the pause button. Then he followed me with the camera and I didn't know what to do so I played dead. A cinematic ending for our version of "Mr. Roboto."
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby Flack » January 9th, 2018, 12:08 pm

obliterator918 wrote:This concerns me about all of the floppy drives I keep in my attic. I don't have anywhere else to store them, and the swing from 0 degrees to 120 degrees can't be good on those things.

I know you know this, but yeah, that's about the worst place for them. Those hot summers can turn those belts to goo, or make them brittle so that they snap the first time they're engaged. I used to think the main issue with carrying vintage hardware into the future was simply saving it from the dump. Now, parts of it are literally disintegrating before my eyes.

obliterator918 wrote:I had a really cool CD changer. (remember how awesome it was to be able to put all 20 of your favorite CDs in the player at once, and spend five minutes selecting the one you want?) It was probably 10-12 years old when I threw it out -- one of the bands inside of it broke so it wouldn't load discs any more. And to be honest, it was always more trouble than it was worth.

The first CD changer I had was one of those "tray" models that connected to a component stereo system. I see them all the time in thrift stores for $5-$10 but I think I paid $300 for mine, haha. The five trays were arranged in a star pattern, so if the unit was playing disc 1 and you hit eject, you could access trays 3 and 4, and then you could rotate it to access trays 2 and 3, or 4 and 5. This allowed you to load 4 CDs while playing the fifth. You could use the display on the front to program tracks from each CD, or there was also a random/shuffle mode. The only time I really used that thing to its full potential was during our wedding reception, which I also DJ'ed. And by DJ'ed I mean, played music on that CD changer. I would load up five CDs, go dance and mingle while those five songs played, and then run back to the table and put in five more to keep the party grooving!
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby obliterator918 » January 9th, 2018, 6:48 pm

Flack wrote: yeah, that's about the worst place for them.


Yes, and I feel terrible about it. :-) I do keep the most important stuff in interior closets.

This reminded me of a funny thing. I bought a SX-64 off eBay and the dude who sent it to me did the absolute worst job ever of packaging it. And when I opened it, it was as if someone spilled urine and tobacco all over my carpet or something. You know that aweful smell chain smokers leave in their cars-- it was like that. It was so bad I couldn't keep it inside the house.

It also had a bad PLA chip. It survived a "turn it on" test, which is enough for eBay, but didn't really work.

It really, really smelled BAD. It was a piece of hardware, not cloth, but somehow the smell absolutely PERMEATED the whole thing. I took it apart and I tried to clean it with alcohol and stuff. I couldn't get that nasty smell out. I gave up.

So I stuck it in the attic and figured I could maybe pull a chip out of it if I needed to some day. No way I was keeping that rotting stench inside my house.

And you know what? A couple of years later, after a couple of Oklahoma Summers in the attic (it gets over 120f in there every year)... the smell was gone. Completely gone.

I took it out and replaced the bad PLA and it was perfect after that.

So at least for this SX-64, the attic was the best place to keep it for a couple of years.
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby obliterator918 » January 9th, 2018, 6:55 pm

I found a picture somebody posted of the cd changer model I first bought-- an Optimus Pro 25 CD changer. In fact, this was the first and only non-portable compact disc player I owned, I think. The best thing about it was that it wasn't a cartridge-based changer. And it looked awesome in the rack. 25 discs, baby. (Of course, it was totally up to you how you could figure out which disc was which out of the 25, LOL! But it could shuffle-play between all of them...)

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I am pretty sure this was a re-badged Pioneer. My first surround-sound receiver which we used for nearly 15 years was also an Optimus (got it about the same time as this CD changer) and it was also a re-branded Pioneer piece.
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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby obliterator918 » January 9th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Yuep! Same one!

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Re: Those Kids Just Don’t Know

Postby Flack » January 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm

I always wanted one of those high-capacity changers! My friend Jeff has one of those 100 DVD changers. I think you could even daisy chain them multiple units together, if I remember correctly.

Anyway, here's a picture of my old CD changer. I took a picture before I donated it.

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