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So I had my propane camping lantern out and fired it up. It needed a replacement wick, but I found one in the bottom of my camping box. Took off the lid, the glass cover, the broken wick, tied on the new one, reassembled, connected the propane, lit a match, held it and turned on the gas, and voila!; a nice warm yellow camping light. Plus I love the sound it gives off too. But it gets dangerously hot in mere seconds, so hot it takes a good 15 minutes to cool off. Dangerously hot with kids around. Anyway, I think it’s going into the dump.
Save for the zombie apocolypse. I have one of those. I rarely use it though as I recently bought a battery powered lamp of about the same size with three settings. But I keep the propane light because “just in case”.
This was my Apple eMate. It ran Newton and I think I bought in 1996 or so from the NCSU bookstore. It had a PCMCIA slot; type II I think. I finally had to say goodbye when I purged my office closet in September that contained many computer relics (10ft external SCSI cable anyone?) It didn’t function after my nasty 1998 car wreck, but I could not bear to part with it until now. My wife, “You still have that?!”
I had an MP3 player called iRiver. It didn’t have much space (this was probably around year 2000 or something), but you could just stick a normal audio jack into any other music device and press record, and it would save that song as a new mp3. It made copying songs from radio or friends cds the easiest thing in the world. That feature was removed pretty quick.
(I have NO idea what that market looks like now, so maybe that exists again, but there was a brief time when everyone where jealous of my little pirate device.)