Nostalgia, your and my first gadgets, look and remember


I was looking at a photo of the first ever iPod the other day and thought back to the days when that particular design and technology was cutting edge.

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It was released in 2001, boasted an impressive 5GB storage and had a mechanical scroll wheel with a design that still looks good to this day. The nostalgia quickly took hold and I proceeded to then take a look at the first ever MP3 player in general.

Nostalgia, the first ever laptop.

The earliest PCs were large and unwieldy, and not at all portable. That all changed in 1981 when Adam Osborne released the first-ever laptop computer, the Osborne 1. Nostalgia

Weighing in at a whopping 24 pounds, this “luggable” computer was state-of-the-art in its day, with a built-in monitor, 64KB of memory, and a price tag of $1795. Not bad for 1981!

The processor was a Zilog Z80 @ 4.0 MHz and it had 64K of memory. The display was a built-in 5″ monitor and it had ports for 53 X 24 text, Parallel / IEEE-488, and modem / serial port.

It also had storage for dual 5-1/4 inch, 91K drives.

The operating system was CP/M. Even though it was expensive and heavy, it was popular because it was portable and could be used for business purposes.

Ipod  2001…


Nostalgia, MP3 Player 1998.

The first MP3 player to hit the market was the MPMan F10, pictured above. Looking much like a set of bathroom scales and released in March of 1998, the F10 came with 32MB on board.

Hhowever owners of this newfangled device were able to upgrade to 64MB simply by sending the thing back to Eiger Labs along with a cheque for approx $80.

The public were slow to take to the invention.


Digital Camera 1975.

Amazingly, the first ever attempt to build a digital camera occurred back in 1975 when a Kodak engineer by the name of Steven Sasson hacked together the prototype in the above photo.

Using a CCD image sensor, the machine boasted a resolution of 10’000 pixels (0.01 Megapixels) and took 23 seconds to capture the black and white image and record it to cassette tape.



Nostalgia, Cellular Phone 1983.

Motorola’s DynaTAC 8000X became the world’s first commercial handheld cellular phone back in 1983 after gaining approval from the FCC.

Upon release, the phone cost an impressive $3,995 but despite the whopping price tag thousands of people joined waiting lists to get their hands on one. Its dimensions in inches were 13 x 1.75 x 3.5, it had an 8hr standby time and could store 30 numbers.


Nostalgia, Games Console 1972.

In 1972, a whole 3 years before Atari released their extremely successful Pong console, a company by the name of Magnavox released the Odyssey, the world’s first video games console.

The console used a cartridge system and was unable to produce any sound but still, it was impressive hardware for its time. Apparently the marketing department at Magnavox didn’t capitalise on the machine’s potential though, and sales of the gadget dwindled.

NostalgiaI’m not that old, but I have my moments of nostalgia. My video cameras and camera are getting old at an incredible rate. They are now on the memory shelf. What to do as time passes and everything changes.


Understand that various scenes have been shot with these cameras and good memories have been saved on YouTube!

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