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Huge meta-thread by @Foone saturday on VIRTUAL THRIFTING

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/06

This was an awesome thread: [WayBack] Thread by @Foone: Someone (I think in the replies to the LGR “no thrifting during the crisis” tweet) suggested we do VIRTUAL THRIFTING! which is a great idea… saved from this [Archive.is] Twitter thread.

Someone (I think in the replies to the LGR “no thrifting during the crisis” tweet) suggested we do VIRTUAL THRIFTING! which is a great idea and also what I’ve been doing for a while. So I’m gonna link to some of these ali-express focused threads…
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the most recent one was yesterday’s “tiny phones” one. I managed to make it all the way through without even mentioning that most of these are so small so you can put smuggle them into prisons! in your butt!

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I got bored and now I’m looking at tiny phones on aliexpress

TINY PHONE!

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Last monday I was looking at breakout boards and found a lot of weird electronic components that I’m not sure why you’d need, including a PCI-over-DVI one that made me fall out of my chair:

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have you ever seen a breakout for a DB37 port?
No? TOO BAD YOU HAVE NOW, ALIEXPRESS HAS THEM

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Back in February I found a bunch of weird adapters, like a 10-micro-SD-cards-to-SATA adapter:

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so I was looking for a MicroSD to M.2 adapter (shut up, it exists, and I have reasons to want it) and I found something way more cursed:
M.2 (SDIO) to SD card slot!

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In January I found USB OVER FIBEROPTICS because why not have a USB device a kilometer or two away?

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accidentally ran into another cursed adapter: 9v battery to USB

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Back in November I had a bad day and tried to get aliexpress to save it. and that USB-3 to angular industrial micro-usb B helped, as did the 120-port USB charger.

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come on aliexpress, only you can save this day

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Earlier that same week I was also looking at industrial shit on aliexpress.
“industrial” seems to be a code word for “has screws”

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whenever I get bored and think my life is going too well, I google “industrial USB-C” and now everything is back to shit

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and I did one back in january of 2019 that started on amazon and mainly involved weird USB connectors, like the USB shark

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it’s always weird when you can go on amazon to look up cable adapters and get the same options as with romance novels

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I also finished out the year of 2019 with a thread where I looked at aliexpress sex toys, which are hilarious because they have to keep their ads SFW so there’s a lot of fruit metaphors. More than you’d expect.

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in February I went through some auction-related-sites and found a bunch of weird novelty phones:

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HOW CAN YOU CALL WITH NO BUTTONS OR DIAL, MR. ANDERSON?

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in December I looked up weird keyboards on aliexpress and found Weird Things, like a keycap that uses a meme from a yaoi manga from the early 2000s?

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I went on aliexpress for Foolish Reasons and who needs a 10-key on your keyboard when you can get a separate external 9-key?

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and this thread where I went through all the industrial keyboards on ebay.
there are a lot. they all look painful to type on.

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and a bunch more in august, for custom devices, the kind which don’t have QWERTY, they instead have buttons like “HOME BONUS”:

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I love custom keyboards.
This is for a scoreboard from TransLux and it has lots of fun buttons, like HORN and VISITOR INJURY TIMER and WEIGHT GAME

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and one time I went through GovDeals and found some computer stuff and a lot of weird stuff like a machine that tells you not to use bleach near it, but has no explanation why…

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someone reminded me of http://govdeals.com  and boy there’s some fun categories on there.
like “driving simulators”

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and there was a time I was bored and stuck at a Guitar Center so I took pictures of various things and got a (musical!) keyboard to ask me to agree to the GPL:

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This one is awesome looking. It’s got the whole button-thing and all the dials and the keyboard.

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And for a less “virtual” sort of thrifting, there’s the threads where I go to the monthly Electronics Flea Market (currently canceled because of the crisis)
Here’s the one from May 2018:

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The monthly Electronics Flea Market (formerly at De Anza) was today.
Here’s some pictures!
First off, an InternetPhone Wizard!

(And check @TubeTimeUS‘s posts, they were there too and took pics)

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and the one from April 2018:

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So today was the first day of the Electronics Flea Market at the new location, the Sunnyvale Fry’s (instead of De Anza college).

Did I feel like death? YEP! Should I have gone? NOPE! Did I go anyway? YOU BET!

Here’s my thread of pictures of junk I thought was neat.

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April 2019:

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That’s not a TV, it’s a time machine to 1986!

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August 2018: weren’t many pictures this time, for some reason:

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June 2017:

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Today was the Electronics Flea Market @ De Anza College. First up, here’s the thread for stuff I saw but didn’t get.

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May 2017:

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Cool Stuff at the De Anza Electronics Flea Market that I didn’t buy, part 1:
A TRS-80 Coco 2 & IBM PC jr, in box!
A PS/2 portable, and an XT

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March 2017:

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Things I saw at the fair but didn’t get : a special effects generator, and a trs 80 coco 2

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June 2019:

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This is terrible. I’ve been at the electronics fair for like 45 minutes, I’ve spend half my money, and I’ve seen ZERO LASERDISCS OR FLOPPIES

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May 2019:

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Electronics fair time!

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September 2017:

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De Anza electronics fair time! Incoming live tweeting of old electronic crap

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That one has a followup thread for the stuff I actually got:

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Here’s the cool stuff I got at the electronics fair.
First up, an Osborne Vixen! This is the 1985 model.
It’s a CP/M portable.

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August 2017:

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Perfect weather for the electronics fair

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and here’s a “stuff I got” thread for the July 2017 fair:

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Another De Anza Electronics Fair has come and gone, and I have many pictures. First up, stuff I did buy.
Rollercoaster Tycoon, in box!

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September 2019:

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Me: wow, a Hybridizer!
Seller: oh yeah, want to do some CRISPR?
other guy: I’ve actually got a CRISPR kit in my fridge, haven’t done anything with it yet.
Me: yeah, that’s why you’re not a catgirl yet!
Seller: what’s a catgirl?
Me: 😐

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And here’s the didn’t-buy from the July 2017:

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The longer of the two De Anza Electronics Fair picture threads: The stuff I didn’t buy!
First up, this network tester. Solidly built thing!

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and here’s the stuff-i-got thread from August 2017:

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So I also went to the De Anza Electronics Fair yesterday. Here’s what I got:
A book on building your own PC!

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and here’s a stuff-i-got from June 2017:

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De Anza Flea Market Thread Part 2: Stuff I did get!
First, this sweet stylish CRT TV (color).
Lovely knobs. Knobs are good.

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this one isn’t a thread, but I feel I should share it anyway:
The September 2018 Electronics Fair Corgi:

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I’m not at a real keyboard so I’m not yet ready to share all my neat electronics fair pictures and pickups so here’s just a hecking big corgo.

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and for the September 2018 one I got so much neat shit that I did a video of it, which is 25 minutes of me pointing at shit and talking about how cool it is

then here’s a thread of standard goodwill-style thrifting back in 2018, when I got my tires slashed:

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Some neat stuff I saw while thrifting: a mixer that can record to minidisc

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Another time of thrifting. I found barbies that were wrapped in plastic. it’s weird.

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I went thrifting today. Here’s some pictures I took of stuff I saw.
I saw this and started breathing heavily. Educational? FOR DOS? and it’s empty. of fucking corse.

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I went antiquing and found some weird VHS tapes and tiny toasters

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My roommate and I went out antiquing today, and she picked up a sweet telephone https://twitter.com/gewt/status/1033929103877885952 

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another good time at good will, which starts with tijuana christmas and ends with pregnant yoga (as do most good weekends)

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The best thing to do in a Goodwill is check out the vinyl.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find laserdiscs.
if you’re not lucky, you’ll at least find vinyl like this.

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another minithread on goodwilling, which has some air force vinyl albums and UNISEX ROCKING

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME UNISEX ROCKING?

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and a time I went down to Santa Cruz and found laserdiscs and VHS tapes and a monopoly dress.

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I went to a few Goodwill thrift stores today. And as always, there were laserdiscs in the vinyl pile.
Like Hollywood Vice Squad or Courage Mountain

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back on the subject of virtual thrifting, there’s that time I got bored and looked through every VHS tape about Satan on ebay:

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a microcosm of my life

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and a similar thread where I looked through Jesus Tapes, mainly 90s prophecy stuff:

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oh my

Hey, @gewt! Do you think I should have a copy of this VHS ?

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one of the sad threads from the good ol’ days when Weird Stuff Warehouse still existed:

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Today at the junk shop: A bunch of small-box Mac games! Mostly boxes, no discs. A SIX PORT IDE controller. Old school RAID, I guess?

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Another time involving GIANT HARD DRIVES:

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Went to the junk store today, and saw some hard drives. The one on the left is 80mb, I suspect the right one is even smaller.

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the time with a pile of PC/XTs:

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I went back to the junk store to test those PCs/XTs and OH SHIT THERE’S EVEN MORE NOW

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junk stores and pinball:

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Today @gewt and I showed @LuigiThirty around some of the bay areas FINEST JUNK STORE and the pinball museum. it was fun. Here’s some pictures of the stuff we saw:
This lovely 70s(80s?)-era walkie talkie from Radio Shack. Originally 99.95$!

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another time with the PCs:

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I went to the junk store and HOLY SHIT A PILE OF 5150s? And 5160s? and a clone? And even more old PCs?

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More times at Weird Stuff

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Here’s the last two junk store trips merged into one.
First, this neat suitcase-sized Network Tester.

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the time I went to weirdstuff and found plotters and mpreg:

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Some fun stuff at the junk store today, like this HP 9836C computer! This is the 1983 color monitor version of the 1981 machine.
390×512 display. 8mhz 68k CPU. 512k-2.5mb RAM

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and another time, which featured a STEALTHY CRT:

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I went to the junk store again. (I’ve been off work for 5 days and gone on 3 of those days. I may be an addict.)
First thing I see: PCMCIA SCSI card! naturally, doesn’t match any of my SCSI dongles.
and a big pile of mini-discs!

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The time with the Noise Machine:

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Went to the junk store again. It turns out the Dot Com era is definitely over, they’re throwing out all the CueCats!

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The Time I Didn’t Get A Vic-20:

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Some really good stuff at the junk store today, that I didn’t get
A VIC-20, in box, with power supply and Datasette!
And a bunch of IBM Model M keyboards.

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the time with the TRS-80 CoCo2:

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Hit up the junk store today. First up, a laptop in the “as-is” section that’s VERY as-is.

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The time with the 8-port VGA KVM:

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It’s a day ending in Y, so the chances I went to a junk store or two are pretty good.

First up, a Powerbook 3400c! Sadly, no power adapters on hand so I couldn’t easily test this. looked to be in decent shape, though.

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The time with the minidisc recorders:

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Went to another junk store today.
Here’s Excess Solutions in San Jose!
THREAD O’ PICS

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the time with the 200amp fuse:

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Junk Store Thread!
I love the look of prototyping boards. They’re like those baby activity centers, but for people of soldering age.

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The time with the pile of 486s:

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Things I didn’t expect to see at the junk store: an entire car dashboard

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Starcraft 64 Time:

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Neat things I saw at the junk store: A mass EEPROM programmer. This thing is huge, like 4 feet across.

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Another time, with a Sphygmomanometer

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Here’s the stuff I saw at my local junk store but didn’t get. First up, this awesome mixer panel. Look at all these controls!

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OK I’m gonna stop now.

Please enjoy the thrifting.

–jeroen

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