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  # 1777533 8-May-2017 09:29
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A few things.


A National portable stereo thing (Tape decker, equalizer, detachable speakers) from the 80's


A Casio boxing calculator


A 80's spacies game, with box.


A 90's VCR


All stilling in working order.

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  # 1777544 8-May-2017 09:52
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This is definitely stretching the OP's topic but it uses electricity! We have got a kitchen "gadget" that is till running fine after 52 years! A Kenwood Mixer! 


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  # 1777557 8-May-2017 10:15
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I've got a Goldair alarm clock that dates back to the early 80s, still works fine.  Also have an Amiga 500 which is trucking along nicely, along with a 1084S monitor.  But if we're including computers then there are bound to be others with much older examples in working condition.  

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  # 1777562 8-May-2017 10:22
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Sony Clock radio - bought it at least 20 years ago. Still works fine (Snooze button doesn't work actually - but I never use Snooze).


About the same time I bought the clock radio, I bought a 'C' grade F&P ED56 sensor dryer - it's still going strong too. (B and C grade appliances were from F&P and usually were slightly used or had cabinet damage - I worked for a retailer that was an F&P dealer back then - bought a B grade fridge, C grade dryer and a real cheap intuitive washer when they first came out too).



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  # 1777566 8-May-2017 10:33
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When I was in the 6th form in 2002, we had just upgraded from dialup to "jetstart" (128k ADSL). My brother had a school laptop, so he unplugged the family desktop from the router whenever he needed to do "school work". I went out and bought an 8-port 10/100 switch to solve this issue. Cost around $100, which was a lot of money for a high school student. Anyway, it's been running 24/7 since then in my parents' house. I'm quite impressed that it is still going strong after 15 years! Especially since it was consumer level, not enterprise. I'm also glad I didn't cheap out and get a 10 Mbit hub, otherwise my parents would likely still be using it...

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  # 1777580 8-May-2017 10:56
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My Dad has a Bell and Howell 16mm projector that his Dad bought second hand in 1954. 


It still works, and has the most enormous transformer box I've ever seen.

Life is too short to remove USB safely.

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  # 1777590 8-May-2017 11:13
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The 1st "computer" I bought was a Casio PB-100. That was in 1986/7 I think. My father still uses it and it works. But does look worn nowadays. 


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  # 1777674 8-May-2017 12:41
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This is definitely stretching the OP's topic but it uses electricity! We have got a kitchen "gadget" that is till running fine after 52 years! A Kenwood Mixer! 





You must watch this, recommended with a cup of tea. 
 (James May The Reassembler s02e02 Food Mixer)

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  # 1777792 8-May-2017 14:01
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I have a pong/tennis/squash TV games console from the early 80's/late 70's however before I can make a claim here I'll need to find my analogue tuning RF cable & check it is still going as I haven't tried it in a couple of years.


I am surprised by the number of clock-radio's in the this thread. These must from before the ship sailed on clock/radio quality. I have never found one that I would recommend to anybody else to buy. On all of my early ones the volume Pots wore out and went all crunchy & randomly loud/quite. Even tried buying name brands (Sony, Panasonic), but they went in the bin almost right away with unstable radio tuners and/or blindingly bright screens.



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  # 1777797 8-May-2017 14:06
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I have a JVC VCR that's about 18 years old.  Used it not so long ago with a PVR150 tuner to digitise a bunch of our old home video tapes.  

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