Twenty-five years ago, three grand could buy you a sweet desktop computer, complete with 8MB (not GB) of RAM.
In 2017, Gilbert Arciniega posted this home movie from June 1995 of his family opening that $3,000 computer, with the caption:
This is a computer my brother decided to buy back in 1995. As he had always wanted one. VERY EXPENSIVE back in this day! It was a Compaq Presario CDS. He went to Good Guys to buy it. I think it had 75 mhz and 8 mb ram. And a CD rom drive. I do remember he said he paid about $250 for the printer! And $500 for the monitor.
Talk about a time capsule!
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Bakersfield, California. That's where you'll find the last Woolworth's Luncheonette in America — and it's still serving food!
Eater Los Angeles:
Step into the Five & Dime Antique Mall in Bakersfield, California, and that rarity becomes reality. There, in the back corner at the ground-floor level of the four-story building, is a fully functioning former Woolworth luncheonette counter, complete with 22 counter seats, Formica tables ringing the room, and an open kitchen for griddling burgers and making milkshakes. But this well-protected bit of ephemera isn’t cordoned off with Do Not Touch signs — it’s still a real, thriving luncheonette counter called the Woolworth Diner, serving police officers, antiquers, and locals daily.
Head over to Eater Los Angeles to see lots of photos of this fifties time capsule.
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According to time traveler Michael Phillips who will be born in the year 2043, another time traveler named Titor from 2038 prevented a civil war in the US by uniting the country around 9/11. What else does Michael have to report?
“I do want to tell you about North Korea because they do attempt to launch a nuclear weapon at the United States – that happens later on this year in late 2018. Hopefully we can change the timeline so it doesn’t happen. That’s a partial reason for creating this video.”
Also, SpaceX will bring humans to Mars in 2025 with the establishment of Martian bases in 2032.
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These four videos were shot --on a giant VHS camcorder, no less-- at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the summer of 1987 for a cable TV show called Nightlife. They are as marvelously outdated as you'd hope. You'll see just how much technology has changed in 30 years.
Personally, I've got my eye on that sweet, sweet Vidphone. I mean, it "actually sends live video through the telephone line."
Other things that happened in 1987: Bud Light's party dog Spuds Mackenzie debuted, Dirty Dancing became a hit movie, and Max Headroom got a TV show.
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