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Dishman Dan
12-31-2011, 02:45 PM
:confused: I do not know if this is another old fart moment or what...

I am getting my basement ready for our New Year's party which is basically a bunch of us staying up all night playing games and high on sugar! In the process some old computers had to be stashed and a few TVs set up for video games. Man those old CRTs TVs and monitors are HEAVY!!!... I had a hard time moving them around! Today's geeks or nerds make up more of the population now since everyone has a cell phone, iPod, computer, video game or whatever. There are now a lot of huge tattooed ape size "nerds" that would have no problem throwing this stuff across the room. Back some years ago the typical electronic nerd or geek was a stereotyped straggly pukey looking character. Computers especially in the eighties were mostly geek candy and the monitors were all heavy CRTs. Early VCRs, reel to reel tape decks, stereo receivers, Ham radio, satellite receivers and TVs were all large heavy items. Satellite dishes were monsters and now a lot have those tiny little pizza pans. Sooo how did these little guys lug all of that heavy stuff around?? Were they "super geeks"?? Soon I might not be able to move my 4DTV receivers myself! The new Geosat pro microHd receiver looks like it should not be a challenge to move for some years to come! Man things sure have changed! ;)

FaT Air
12-31-2011, 03:05 PM
Sooo how did these little guys lug all of that heavy stuff around??Maybe they took it apart, and moved it piece by piece, part by part(?) just thinkin':confused:

Dishman Dan
12-31-2011, 04:43 PM
Maybe they took it apart, and moved it piece by piece, part by part(?) just thinkin':confused:

Good point! My stereo system in the early eighties weighed in at 130 pounds! That was without the stand, TV or speakers. This was just a AM/FM receiver, equalizer, 2 cassette decks and a turntable. A couple of years later the CD player and VCR added another 20 pounds. Used to tear down that system to move and for cleaning dust bunnies! ;)

papabruski
12-31-2011, 07:17 PM
I had to quit moving cuz I got so loaded down with stuff even tho' the heavy stereo and tv are gone!

Bob2011
12-31-2011, 07:48 PM
The average geek never had anything bigger than a 14" monitor until the mid 90s because it was do damn expensive. If you could afford a large CRT then you could afford the hand truck to move it plus the $10 to a friend to help lift it into place. A 21" CRT monitor was $1500 just 10 - 12 years ago.

Tron
01-01-2012, 09:30 AM
Funny thread Dishman ;) ...

So true about the CRT PC monitors, especially those equipped with flat tube Trinitron tubes. These were incredibly front-heavy, and could break your back if you didn't use proper form in lifting them.

Jim S.
01-01-2012, 11:08 AM
After I got a 17" Trinitron monitor for my computer, I couldn't stand watching TV on a curved tube anymore, so I paid $700 for a 27" Trinitron TV. Me and my dad could barely carry the thing because it was so off-balance, and the overpriced stand that we bought for it that was rated for 32" sets warped within a year.

RT-Cat
01-01-2012, 12:23 PM
........Man things sure have changed! ;)
You got that right! I look back at what we had for electronics 45 years ago and what is out there now and the change is really something. If it wasn't for the Country going down hill (the rich getting richer, the middle class and the poor getting poorer) I would sure like to see what changes there may be in the next 45 years.

cracklincrotch
01-01-2012, 04:35 PM
Sooo how did these little guys lug all of that heavy stuff around?? Were they "super geeks"??

I think it was just because they were younger. ;)

I carry stuff around that makes my father's jaw drop. Most recently I carried 20 bundles of frozen fibreglass roof shingles up a 24 foot ladder in a bit over an hour doing my father's roof. I likely won't be able to do that when I'm his age.

turbosat
01-01-2012, 05:03 PM
Dr PEPPER! The energy drink of champions, lol.

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