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July 16, 2024 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

Berries Lake Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Parade Restaurant Carnival Ship Flowers Stream Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Abandoned building Danbo playing in tree stump Danbo looking at flower Danbo behind curtain Danbo playing FDS Danbo selfie


June 30, 2024 - Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON

Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON box front Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON box back Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON LED display Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON game pieces Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON bottom Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON manual Coleco AMAZE-A-TRON manual

A handheld electronic maze game released in 1978 by Coleco. There are 8 game modes; 6 of them are 2 player only. An LED display shows the program then when start is pressed shows the start and end squares. A red and green LED which players turn it is. The main idea is to get through an invisible maze from the start to end square before the other player does. I really like that there is a built in compartment to store the game pieces. The game makes a big deal about the wrong move buzzer sound effect "Raspberry". They must have just invented it or something because it's listed as a main feature and always explained in detail and in bold.

VHS footage of the single player game 5 "solitare maze". Most of the mazes have been easy, I only messed this one once where the "Raspberry" can be heard.


June 20, 2024 - NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone

NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone front NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone back NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone open NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone keyboard

This Japanese cell phone was released in 2008. It was made for older people or someone who wants a simple to use phone. It has a nice easy to read screen (240x320) with large fonts and a simple UI. The small screen (64x64) on the outside is always on and has different types of clocks with the press of a side button. There is a special switch on the bottom that sounds a loud alarm in an emergency when activated.

NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone main menu NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone camera NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone brain game

Some build in features include a camera with a max resolution of 640x480, Barcode reader, Infrared communication, GPS, Pedometer. There is a flash game that's very similar to the Nintendo DS game Brain Age.

NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone text message NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone text message NTT docomo F883iESS Cell Phone text message

There are text messages still saved on it.

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Some of the previous owners pictures from 2009 to 2011. I think that guy might have been the owner. I love the places they went!

Pathway Bike Contruction of building Boardwalk Flower Boardwalk Wall Lake Tunnel River Steps River Flower Frog Slug Flowers Lake Building Boardwalk over lake Lake Parking lot Behind building Flower Log Log River Bridge Flowers Flower Tadpoles Beach Tree Lake Beach

Pictures I took from May to June 2024. The camera has noisey images and is bad at low light areas. I took the pictures at the highest setting.


June 6, 2024 - WAO!! by ORESKABAND

WAO!! by ORESKABAND front WAO!! by ORESKABAND back WAO!! by ORESKABAND CD WAO!! by ORESKABAND DVD WAO!! by ORESKABAND booklet

Released on May 23, 2007; this is their 1st album. This is the limited edition version so it includes a CD and DVD. It's a great upbeat and happy album! I found out about this group because of the song 爪先 (Tsumasaki) as the 11th ending of the anime BLEACH. They are still around with three original members and their newer stuff is good too.

WAO!! by ORESKABAND DVD screenshot WAO!! by ORESKABAND DVD screenshot

The DVD includes a documentary of live performances from 2003 to 2007 and seven music videos.

Two of my favorite songs included on the DVD: 爪先 (Tsumasaki) and 忘れもの (Wasuremono). I can't find their old music videos anywhere on the internet and that's a big reason why I bought this album.


May 21, 2024 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD7

Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 front Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 back

The earliest Mavica I own, FD7 was released in 1997. It's a bit different from the others because it uses a TV camera sensor to record the image. You can select whether to record the field or the frame, depends if you will have a lot of movement in your picture. It also has a slow 1x speed floppy drive. The good is the 10x optical zoom, manual and auto focus modes.

User's Manual

Flower Building Lake Trees Lake Lake Lake River River Flower Flower Flower Flower Flower Flower Ant Flower Flower Grass Flowers Slug Moss Flower Flowers Flowers Posted sign Fungus Flower Flowers Waterfall Road closed sign Building Flowers Waterfall Owl

It's not bad. The manual focus is hard to see on the screen, it's a little less resolution then the other models.


May 5, 2024 - no place that feels like by ellis NEW RELEASE!

no place that feels like by ellis front no place that feels like by ellis back no place that feels like by ellis insert no place that feels like by ellis insert no place that feels like by ellis insert no place that feels like by ellis record no place that feels like by ellis signed

no place that feels like by ellis was released on April 26, 2024. This is her second full album following the 2020 album born again. It's a great album and has a different feel than the previous. This was signed and came with a nice note. My favorite tracks are "forever", "it'll be alright", and "home".

VHS footage of the record playing.


April 27, 2024 - Pandigital Scanner

Pandigital Scanner box front Pandigital Scanner box back Pandigital Scanner Photos

This is a quick and easy document and photo scanner released in 2010. It was cheap at the thrift store and I needed one. It's nice that it doesn't need a computer, only pluged in and with an SD card and it's ready. It has selectable 300 and 600 dpi resolutions. But sometimes it puts lines in the scan and refuses to suck in some photos.

Dog

Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas Near Grand Canyon I think Grand Canyon

Photos I took of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in 2004.

Garage Kitchen Living room Dog Dog

Photos I took from around the mid 2000's.

Car in river Scary Dirty Lake

Bronco Bronco Beer Engine Bronco Karate Guitar Broncos

Old family photos.


April 19, 2024 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD92

Sony Mavica MVC-FD92 front Sony Mavica MVC-FD92 back Sony Mavica MVC-FD92 screen

Another one of the too many models of Mavica. Released in 2001, the model number is one digit off my favorite model but is very different. It supports floppy disks and Sony's Memory stick. Max image size up to 1472x1104 and video is 320x240. The 8x zoom is great since many later Mavicas only do 3x. It also has a cool mode that creates 160x120 animated GIFs up to 10 frames long. Battery life is good since the backlight can be off while outside.

User's Manual

Flower Flower Abandoned building Tree Graffiti City zoom Graffiti Landscape Gatorade bottle

These GIFs were taken with this camera in June 2022.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4WD 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4WD key and pen

Also in June 2022, the pictures of my old car were taken with it.

Abandoned building Wiring Abandoned building Trees Trees Bench on hill Trees Farm Building Fish Pathway Well Well Well Well Cistern Graffiti Cistern Graffiti Cistern Graffiti Harbor Lake Harbor Harbor Building Flowers Fallen tree Merry go round Chalk drawing Building Stream Pond Lake Trees Rock Trash Can Trees Lake Lake Tire stuck in ground Rocks in water Marsh Tree near lake

I shot most pictures in the lowest resolution to fit more in the floppy. It's still early spring, everything is gray. I took it with me on my first two bicycle rides of the year.


April 3, 2024 - SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW

SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW front SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW back SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW inside SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW booklet SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW lyrics SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW lyrics SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~ / PULSE by FLOW booklet

This is FLOW's 17th single released on December 10, 2008. This is a double A-side single with three tracks. Track 1 "SNOW FLAKE ~記憶の固執~" is a ballad and is well done, vocals and instruments are great. Track 2 "PULSE" is much more upbeat, it's not too bad but nothing too special. Track 3 "Phantom" is my favorate, the vocalists voices work well together. Overall it's a very impressive single.


March 24, 2024 - Majesco Wireless Messenger

Majesco Wireless Messenger boxed front Majesco Wireless Messenger box back Majesco Wireless Messenger in GBA Majesco Wireless Messenger in GBA Majesco Wireless Messenger in GBA Majesco Wireless Messenger in GBA Majesco Wireless Messenger in GBA
Majesco Wireless Messenger Majesco Wireless Messenger Majesco Wireless Messenger Majesco Wireless Messenger Majesco Wireless Messenger

Released in 2004 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, It's an accessory for texting messages to people nearby. At first I thought this was a worse version of the DS's Pictochat and maybe it is but it has some interesting features. The 3 mile wireless range and receiving messages while off are surprising. It has a rechargeable battery and uses the GBA SP charger to charge. It's cool and still works but you need to know someone nearby with one to be useful.

Majesco Wireless Messenger charging Majesco Wireless Messenger inside

The top green light is on when charging and off when complete. The bottom red light is on when a message is received in standby mode. The batteries are old and only hold a charge for a short time. Looks like the battery is replacable if someone really wanted to.

Majesco Wireless Messenger inbox message Majesco Wireless Messenger unread messages Majesco Wireless Messenger reading message

Testing long range messaging, I was around 1100 FT (335 M) away from a unit powered down in standby mode. The Nintendo DS wireless would never go that far.

VHS footage of it in action with bonus footage at the end.


March 10, 2024 - NATURAL by YUI

NATURAL by YUI front NATURAL by YUI back NATURAL by YUI inside NATURAL by YUI discs NATURAL by YUI booklet NATURAL by YUI booklet NATURAL by YUI booklet NATURAL by YUI booklet NATURAL by YUI booklet NATURAL by YUI tracklist NATURAL by YUI BD screenshot NATURAL by YUI BD screenshot

Released on February 24, 2021 this mini-album is 15 years after her major debut. YUI's solo career became inactive after 2012 and in 2013 she became the vocalist of FLOWER FLOWER. I was really surprised when this was released as I never expected anymore YUI releases ever again. I have the limited edition so it includes a Blu-ray disc along with the CD. The packaging is really nice, a fold-out cardboard case with a booklet and two discs inside. The booklet is well done with translucent pages spread throughout that work together with photography on the page behind it. The CD includes six of her most popular tracks completely redone with her current band. My favorite is "SUMMER SONG", I think it might even be better than the original. It took until recently to watch the Blu-ray because I just bought a player for it. The BD includes four tracks from "インコのhave a nice dayツアー2020-Streaming Live-".


March 2, 2024 - NTT docomo SH-02A Cell Phone

docomo SH-02A top docomo SH-02A side docomo SH-02A top docomo SH-02A open docomo SH-02A keypad docomo SH-02A camera docomo SH-02A bottom

This is a Ice White NTT docomo STYLE series SH-02A phone released in the end of 2008. It uses the FOMA W-CDMA 3G network which unfortunately will end in 2026. It runs the Symbian OS and has a SH-Mobile G2 CPU. The 5.2 MP main camera is really nice, supporting auto-focus, image stabilization, and barcodes. Maximum of 1920×2560 resolution pictures and 640×480 video. It's a nice thin size but feels fragile and the plastic is getting brittle. Membrane keypad doesn't feel great to use either. The small screen on the outside is dim but displays the time and track info if music is playing. The small button on the side turns on the flashlight or pauses a playing track.

English User's Manual

docomo SH-02A lock screen docomo SH-02A menu

A cute theme is applied and surprisingly there is a English mode for the UI.

docomo SH-02A inside docomo SH-02A inside

Came with a docomo SIM card inside. The battery is still good and holds a charge.

docomo SH-02A L'Arc-en-Ciel docomo SH-02A JUDY AND MARY docomo SH-02A SAKURA

Three songs were saved on the phone.

Humans Bear laying down

Pictures taken from the previous owner in 2013 and 2014. I like the Animal Crossing figure collection they have.

Panorama river Panorama lake

Panorama mode is interesting but I was probably shaking too much.

River Flowers Train tracks Tree Power lines Boardwalk Lake River Lake Building River River Lake

Summer 2023.

Trees Lighthouse Lake Trail Culvert Swamp River

Winter 2024. It takes great pictures! Nothing like the flip phone cameras we had in the USA.


February 22, 2024 - Nintendo Game Boy Advance Mod

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Nintendo Game Boy Advance screen Nintendo Game Boy Advance screen burn

I have an original "glacier" GBA in ok condition. There is a small mark in the middle of the screen and there's some screen burn that gets worse on angles. It's still playable but I've wanted to know what a new screen would be like. I still have an original "fuchsia" colored GBA in better condition if something went wrong but the mod is reversible anyway.

Nintendo Game Boy Advance modded Nintendo Game Boy Advance modded Nintendo Game Boy Advance modded screen Nintendo Game Boy Advance modded

  • Translucent glow in the dark blue shell
  • Laminated IPS screen
  • Super Famicom themed buttons
  • Well, the screen is much easier to see and is very bright and clear. The shell does glow in the dark which is always cool. The screws it came with stripped instantly so always use the orginal ones. The screen does have an OSD with some settings. Now I wonder how battery life will be.


    February 7, 2024 - Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600

    Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 buttons Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 grill Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 bottom Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 box front Intermatic Heatwave Heater JH-600 box back

    This small personal heater/fan was released sometime in the 70s. It's a beautiful orange with colorful control buttons. Complete in box, looks like it was barely used. I found this yesterday at the thrift store for 4 USD. Also unbelievably that Game & Watch was there for 20 USD!

    Thermal video of the heater in action. Works great!


    January 29, 2024 - Durabrand TV

    Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV with Nintendo Famicom Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV with Nintendo Famicom Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV with Nintendo Famicom Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV close up Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV box

    This is the model CR130DR8 13 inch color CRT TV released in 2007. It has a mono speaker, one RF coax input and one RCA composite input. It also has a coaxial digital audio output for surround sound support. I have the Famicom hooked up via RF and it works perfectly transmitting to channels 95 or 96. The Famicom RF signal looks so good you really can't tell the difference between a higher quality so don't listen to anyone that says RF is terrible. The only bad thing about this TV is there is no input select or TV/DTV select buttons on the TV itself; the remote is required.

    Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV digital tv Durabrand CR130DR8 CRT TV digital tv guide info

    In the USA, all TVs released from the beginning of 2007 are required to have ATSC digital TV tuners buit in. This would be one of the few CRT TVs with both analog and digital over the air television support as fancy flat panel TVs were more popular at this time. With small rabbit-ear antennas I'm able to receive three DTV channels from my bedroom. When there is a good signal the channels come in clear and look great. I still miss analog broadcasting though.


    January 14, 2024 - OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ (Not Secured, Loose Ends) NEW RELEASE!

    OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ front OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ back OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ inside OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ lyric book

    OUROARBOROS by ゆくえしれずつれづれ (Yukueshirezutsurezure) was released on January 10, 2024. This is their fourth re-recording album. They started back up in the end of 2023 with a mostly new lineup after about a three year disbandment and are now called Not Secured, Loose Ends. Another change is they are now singing in english. That's surprising because I don't think any of the members are fluent in english but I was excited to maybe be able to understand what the songs mean. This album is all older songs converted into english and they did a good job with it. The lyrics mostly make sense and fit together well, It's a challenge to understand them though.

    I was also surprised that a member of ぜんぶ君のせいだ。 (Zenbukiminoseida) joined the group.

    Here are the lyrics from one of my favorite songs on the album:

    Wish//
    Lyrics: GESSHIRUI
    Translation, Music, Arrangement: syva
    
    As if the fallen wings were blown by the wind so strong might
    My heart felt uneasy, consumed by anxiety
    Was it really meaningful, that first step I embarked on?
    "Don't want to face it," I muttered, broken-hearted
    The emotion streaming down my face as I cried
    
    Hey I'm wondering if I'd ever be forgiven?
    
    And if you're suffered and cry alone tonight
    Take my hand, let me be your guiding light
    Can my hand enfold you embracing your dismay
    and swallow your pain, with a word of love?
    
    Tonight I'll just say a word to you
    Love is indeed
    Even if you're the only one in the world, I'm your only ally
    That is the truth
    
    At least I'm here, right by your side
    
    And if you're shivering, let me be your guide
    You don't have to stand alone in this fight
    Weakness is not a sin, and kindness is what's right
    Beside each other
    Remember? the warmth and air of the hand that day
    
    I doubt the meaning of being born, at times
    Tomorrow can be gone,
    and the future can be closed blinds, if that's what God says
    
    So make a wish, though it's hard to do,
    that tears don't overflow, I'll be here for you
    When I looked up and laughed at the night,
    I felt a connection, as I held your hand tight
    
    And if I'm suffered and cry alone tonight
    I want you to just be standing by my side
    Without any need for you without doing anything
    Just be by my side, that's my wish
    

    Here is the PV for the original japanese version.


    January 6, 2024 - Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine inside

    This is a Japanese Pachislo machine made in December 1997. Even though it's over 26 years old it still works perfectly. Unfortunately it did get a little damaged during shipping but it was cosmetic. Modern machines still retain a similar button layout but has fancy LCD screens and are themed to video games, anime, or movies.

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine

    It's 1-3 coins per spin and if using credits can be selected with the 1, 2, or max bet buttons. Up to 50 credits can stored in the machine and wins after that are ejected to the coin tray. The small red button to the left of the reel spin lever ejects all credits and turns off credit mode. The reel lever can be pushed up or down to spin and the reels are stopped each in whatever order you want.

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine inside Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine inside hopper Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine coin counter

    Inside the machine is the power switch, a couple fuses, reset button, key switch for setting the odds between 1-6 (hard to easy), coins in and out counter, and some other settings (don't know what the two switches do).

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine coin tray

    My favorite detail is the Electrocoin logo reflected off the coin tray.

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine panel LED Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine ballasts

    The ballast for the top fluorescent tube stopped working shortly after I got the machine. I switched the ballasts around so the top tube could work and replaced the bottom one with a small string of cheap LED lights. The LED string wires are stuffed into the 120V supply of power to the non-working ballast.

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine coins/medals/tokens Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine bulbs

    It came with over 100 coins with many different designs. It uses many small incandescent bulbs and two fluorescent tubes, not easy to find spares. The light bar on top and bonus counter lights are LED.

    Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine mouse Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine GET! Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine mouse Electrocoin Getter Mouse Pachislo Slot Machine mouse

    The graphics on the machine are great! A lot of small details.

    Showing coin insertion, button operation, and gameplay.

    Gameplay, full big bonus round, and coin hopper empty error. The error music is my favorite feature.