22 October 2019

Calculatober Day 22: Victor Adding Machine from 1949

The Calculator Review began roughly one year ago, and at the time I only had a dozen or so calculators. It wasn't until I came across the adding machine I'm reviewing today that I considered taking the hobby more seriously. I had walked several miles from one yard sale to the next, and after being nearly done, I drove a short distance and saw one last sale going on. There wasn't much on display, but I was immediately drawn toward the Victor Adding Machine.
Victor Adding Machine.

21 October 2019

Calculatober Day 21: Ultmost Technology UT-6166 Talking Calculator-09

It's the final ten days of Calculatober. The response to this month of calculator goodness has been very positive. It's been a lot of fun and I'm glad to have reviewed a good chunk of my collection.
Ultmost Technology UT-6166 Talking Calculator.

20 October 2019

Calculatober Day 20: Unknown Clear Calculator


A while back I posted The Calculator Graveyard. In it I discussed calculators in my collection that don't work for whatever reason and thus cannot be reviewed. Fortunately, the company I purchased the Unknown Clear Calculator from sent me another one after I told them about it arriving broken.
Unknown Clear Calculator.

19 October 2019

Calculatober Day 19: Casio MS-80TV

Today's video review is probably my worst one yet. I got a cheap GoPro knockoff camera hoping it would make recording these easier, but it only makes it harder and worse. But I've still uploaded the video because I have a lot more of these to make and this month it's quantity over quality.
Casio MS-80TV.

18 October 2019

Calculatober Day 18: Astro by Kosmos - The Personal Astrological Computer

I am not a superstitious person and I've never had any interest in astrology, but when I discovered the Astro by Kosmos, I knew I had to get my hands on one. They appear on Ebay from time to time, but often are non-working or very expensive. I managed to get one for around $20, and it turned out to be everything I was hoping it would be.
Astro by Kosmos - The Personal Astrological Computer.

17 October 2019

Calculatober Day 17: Staples FaceTime Keychain Calculator

I'm starting to notice a trend in keychain calculators. They aren't good. Pocket calculators have practically been perfected over the years, but their smaller cousin type just never quite reach a level above crummy.
Staples FaceTime Keychain Calculator. Released ca. 2006.

16 October 2019

Calculatober Day 16: Sentry CA700 Scientific Calculator

Yesterday's TI-30XA review was for a solid scientific calculator at a budget price. But what if you wanted to pay a bit more for something worse? Where would you turn?
Sentry CA700 Scientific Calculator in original packaging.

15 October 2019

Calculatober Day 15: Texas Instruments 30XA (2004 Revision)

Nearly a year ago, I purchased a TI-30XA with every intention of reviewing it. It wasn't working, but I got it cheap, so I was willing to take the risk. It turned out it just needed new batteries and some cleaning.
TI-30XA.

14 October 2019

Calculatober Day 14: The Lightning Adding Machine

It's day 14 of Calculatober, so we're nearing the halfway point of this amazing adventure. There are a handful of categories of calculators that fascinate me, and one of them is the mechanical type. These incredible machines can perform mathematical functions without the use of a processor and in some cases, without any electricity.
The Lightning Adding Machine.

13 October 2019

Calculatober Day 13: Cybiko Classic

One of my favorite hobbies is thrift shopping. I try to visit all of the thrift stores in my area a few times a month because it's like visiting a brand new store every time. A lot of times I go home empty-handed, but every now-and-then I'll find a really interesting calculator or other electronic device I'd never heard of.
The Cybiko Classic.
The Cybiko Classic was one such item I found at a Goodwill for $10 still in its original packaging. Its calculator is one of the least interesting features of the device, but because it has one, I feel it's fair to include it in Calculatober. This is going to be my longest calculator review yet.

12 October 2019

Calculatober Day 12: Canon Multi 8

I lied in my video review for this calculator. I said I wouldn't be getting inside of it, but I did shortly afterward because I just love seeing the inner workings of old electronics.
Canon Multi 8. Memory is shown in upper display.

11 October 2019

Calculatober Day 11: Texas Instruments 3500

After two crummy calculators, I needed a palette cleanser. I had already set aside all of the calculators I would review for Calculatober, but because I needed to review something awesome, I added today's device.
TI-3500.

10 October 2019

Calculatober Day 10: Keychain Abacus

I wrote a review for this abacus, but for some reason it didn't save so instead you'll be getting an inferior review. It shouldn't matter though because this is an inferior abacus.

09 October 2019

Calculatober Day 9: Unknown Keychain Calculator

While Calculatober is a month of calculator celebration, it originally began as a way for me to get a bunch of my collection reviewed. So not every calculator is going to be great. Today is going to be one of those not great calculator days.

08 October 2019

Calculatober Day 8: Tiger Pokémon Pokedex

Today is the 8th of October, which would make the date 8/8 if we were still using the Roman calendar. But for some reason it's now the 10th month, so now it's just not very interesting. I mean, it wasn't that interesting as 8/8 either. But it would be something of note, I guess. Maybe I'll do something special for the 10th. Probably not.
Tiger Pokémon Pokedex.

07 October 2019

Calculatober Day 7: Brookstone Wafer Thin Calculator

It's day 7 of Calculatober, and the reviews are still coming! Already it feels like I'm starting to put a dent in my backlog of calculators to review.
Brookstone Wafer Thin Calculator.

06 October 2019

Calculatober Day 6: Litton Monroe 2805 - "The Beast"

That's right, I've given today's calculator a nickname. Only one other calculator has received this honor, and that was my Aurora DC-10, which I dubbed "The Duke."
Litton Monroe 2805, dubbed "The Beast."


05 October 2019

Calculatober Day 5: Texas Instruments Math Magic

It's almost unfair for me to review calculators from the 1970s because I've loved every single one of them so far. I'm not suggesting that calculators haven't improved since then, but the 70s aesthetic just oozes out of these. And they've aged well. There are several devices I could gladly say I still use today.
Texas Instruments Math Magic.

04 October 2019

Calculatober Day 4: InfoGenius Productivity Pak Spell Checker and Calculator for Nintendo Game Boy

Wow, day four of Calculatober already. I keep saying the calculator I'm going to review is different or special in some way, but this time it really is different. This time I'm reviewing a "game" for the original Nintendo Game Boy.

03 October 2019

Calculatober Day 3: Unknown Floppy Calculator


It's day three of Calculatober, and I'm still feeling the excitement that I got from yesterday's calculator. That device was amazing! But for now I need to focus on today's calculator. Hopefully I'll get at least a fraction of the excitement from it.

02 October 2019

Calculatober Day 2: Calculated Industries Time Master II

Wow, I can't believe how far we are into Calculatober already! Time sure does fly when you're doing math.

01 October 2019

Calculatober Day 1: Staples SPL-230 & 110 8-Digit Display Calculator


I've been slacking with calculator reviews lately, so I'm going to make up for that. For the entire month of October, I will be posting a calculator review every single day. All other projects will be put on hold until 31 calculator reviews are posted. This is going to be fun!
Staples SPL-230 & 110 8-Digit Display Calculator Value Pack

12 September 2019

Obsolete Technology: Tiger Video Now Color

It's easy to forget that there was a time when people didn't carry an infinite source of information and entertainment in their pocket wherever they went. Today, portable Internet devices allow us to view pretty much anything we'd like to see while on the go. Back then, if you wanted to watch a movie or show, your options were waiting for it to play on network television or having a DVD or VHS of said media. In both cases you had to be stationary to watch them.
Tiger Video Now Color, released in 2004.

10 September 2019

Calculator Review: Smartbox Touch Screen Calculator Plus

Of all the types of calculators there are, my least favorite so far have been touch screen devices. They tend to break very easily, especially when I have to take them apart for cleaning and pictures. I've broken several already, and some that I've purchased simply don't work.
Smartbox Touch Screen Calculator Plus in original packaging.

22 August 2019

Modding a Commodore Amiga 500 to Run Games on USB

Not long ago, I got a great deal on a Commodore Amiga 500 complete in box. I already had an Amiga 500, but it's a PAL version and was missing some important components like the power supply, video adapter, mouse, and any software. But now I had an NTSC machine with everything I needed to play games. Or rather, one game.

08 August 2019

Calculator Review: Langenscheidt German Electronic Translation Machine and Calculator

It's been too long since my last calculator review. I never intended to stop doing these, but I became obsessed with vintage computers so that has consumed a majority of my life. But I've still got a huge collection of calculators and they aren't going to review themselves.
Langenscheidt German Electronic Translation Machine and Calculator. Say that thirty-eight times fast.

06 August 2019

Commodore 128 Part 3: RF Modulator Issues

When I first booted up the Commodore 128 and saw that it was working just fine, I figured the restoration would be a fairly simple task. The computer was dirty and yellowed, so some scrubbing and retr0brighting would be enough. Or so I thought.

01 August 2019

What came with the Commodore SX-64

Getting the Commodore SX-64 was exciting enough, but the seller included a box of software and accessories. I was mainly focused on ensuring that all of the components of the SX-64 were in good working order, but eventually I got around to taking a look at the box.
That's my foot in the lower left.
It's a crazy amount of stuff, so I still haven't gone through all of it. But I'll discuss some of the highlights.

30 July 2019

Commodore 128: Keyboard Retr0brighting

The summer heat wave has been horrible but that doesn't mean I can't take advantage of it. The sun puts out at least 20% more UV than my two 15 watt black lights, so I might as well save a bit of electricity and use nature for what it's intended.

It didn't start out this way though. I tried using the black lights to restore the keyboard keys. Here are the results of that attempt.