Paul Braren and Vintage Tech, 70s thru 90s Head Phones, Cell Phones, Camcorders and Video Games – HGG340

Paul Braren from joins Jim Collison @jcollison for show #340 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network



Paul Braren from joins Jim Collison @jcollison for show #340 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network


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Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks,, Bose Quiet Comfort, Nintendo, Camcorder, Laptop, Windows ME, ipod, Startac, Motorola, IBM, Palm

We started out with mention of my stylish Home Gadget Geeks shirt, then got into talking all about headphones and earbuds::


Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling – Black

Newest version, with a Google Assistant button.


Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling – Black

Great for listening to podcasts and music while flying.

BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Cushioned Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling – B76

Great for listening to podcasts while mowing and snow blowing.


TinkerTry’s DIY solution for listening to podcasts while mowing, since affordable Bluetooth headphones weren’t a thing yet.

Enjoy tangle-free listening to music and podcasts instead of your mower, protecting your hearing for just 60 dollars

Sennheiser HD 424

Sounded great for music and had some real bass, but open air design means others around you hear you too, which doesn’t go over well with my college roommate.

Now for the non-headphone portion of the podcast, a nostalgic look back at 1970s-2000s tech.

Computers and accessories

A close look at the innards of the IBM PS/2 Model 50, which feature a lot of firsts in the PC marketplace including:

Various tape backup devices and hard drives featuring clumsy SCSI connectors.

USRobotics Sportster 56K modem (backstory on my modem helpdesk days in college here)


Hand-held 1 and 2 player games of the early 1980s by Nintendo, TOMY, and more.


RioVolt SP100 (1999)

iPod Classic 40GB (2004)

Neo ProLink was among the CD Changer to iPod interfaces featured at TinkerTry back in 2014,

Sturdy ProClip USA dashboard mounts for iPhone 6/7/8 Plus or iPhone X allow one handed dock-and-go


Nikon FE2 SLR camera (1983)

My Dad’s analog Super8 and my Hi8 analog camcorder

My Digital Digital8 + FireWire equipped Sony camcorder, for digital transfer to PC
(each 2 hour tape became a ~24GB AVI file!)

Cell phones & PDAs

Motorola StarTAC (1996), Razr (2003) & Krzr (2006)

IBM WorkPad c3 (1999)

Palm Trio 650 (2004)

IBM ThinkPad 701C Demonstration

We concluded the podcast with the beloved and memorable IBM ThinkPad 701C (1995). Live demo featuring the magical “butterfly” fold-out keyboard, and the much-maligned Windows Millenium Edition!


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