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Okay, it's not what you think...

Are there any quality products in your life that have lasted forever? A pair of shoes, some cookware, a bag? Share!

I have a jansport backpack from my middle school days that my kid brother is now using in high school. Also, my ti-83 graphing calculator was passed down from me to my brother, the 6th owner, it's about 18 years old.

my parents have been using the same mortar and pestle to crush garlic and spices for as long as I can remember. I'm guessing my mom's kitchen aid mixer and singer sewing machine are nearly as old as I am, both still fully functional.
 

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I have a Victorinox pocket knife that I've had for over 35 years. It's peeled hundreds of oranges, nicked thousands of bananas, and been sharpened so many times (badly, at first) that the blade edge is concave. It lost its plastic covers years ago. I bought a replacement once, and hardly used it because the old one still worked adequately. I will note that the corkscrew is vastly underused however. ;)
 
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oooh, that's a good one, Dino! I have a pocket knife I don't use except for the corkscrew part :D
 

toinena

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I have a sweater I knitted when I was 16 that I still use when it is cold. And especially for Christmas.
 

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I have a corkscrew that I bought in college. In college it went missing for a few weeks. Then I found it in a fellow's room down the hall. (He "borrowed" it.) So I put a label maker label on it with my initials. The label is still on it. :)

 

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I have a Swing-A-Way can opener that has lasted more than 20 years now.
PLEASE NOTE: The "Swing-A-Way" name has been bought by some other, less reliable company and they are no longer nearly as good as they were. Look for Ecko can openers these days, that's the company that made the original Swing-A-Way.

And of course, you know I have to mention this one... ThinkPads. I think my laptops will outlive me. Sometimes I might have to replace a CMOS battery or a hard drive (both are expected to fail, they won't last forever) but I consider that just general maintenance. My problem is how do I throw away a perfectly good laptop just because it's too old to run a modern OS?
 
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toinena

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I have a Swing-A-Way can opener that has lasted more than 20 years now.
PLEASE NOTE: The "Swing-A-Way" name has been bought by some other, less reliable company and they are no longer nearly as good as they were. Look for Ecko can openers these days, that's the company that made the original Swing-A-Way.

And of course, you know I have to mention this one... ThinkPads. I think my laptops will outlive me. Sometimes I might have to replace a CMOS battery or a hard drive (both are expected to fail, they won't last forever) but I consider that just general maintenance. My problem is how do I throw away a perfectly good laptop just because it's too old to run a modern OS?
I never throw away a laptop, unless I have driven over it with my wheelchair. You can always run an DSL pendrive on it. A man of your "nerdity" can't have too many laptops. ( I am having four. And a fith that I will try to resurrect when I have time. Two belong to my work, though). And a PC. That has to be resurrected too. It is something with the BIOS. It is locked, some how.
 

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My ford has about quarter million miles on it. Replaced the spark plugs once.
 

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My furniture, nearly all of it, the bed and dresser I got when I was 10 I think, the bookshelf I believe is one my dad pulled out of someone's junk pile before I was born (I did repaint it), and my desk I believe is also older than me but it was my mom's while I was growing up. Only piece of furniture that was bought new in the past decade or less is the DVD bookcase thing I bought off of Amazon earlier this year. And though I think about replacing some things, usually my reason for doing so doesn't justify the cost of buying something new.
 

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I never throw away a laptop, unless I have driven over it with my wheelchair. You can always run an DSL pendrive on it. A man of your "nerdity" can't have too many laptops. ( I am having four. And a fith that I will try to resurrect when I have time. Two belong to my work, though). And a PC. That has to be resurrected too. It is something with the BIOS. It is locked, some how.
Yeah but what can you do with DSL? I mean it works, it's a functional distro, it does basic things... ever try to get Audacity running on it?

Puppy now, THERE'S a good lightweight distro.

The BIOS locked computer, I'm assuming you already tried disconnecting the CMOS battery and letting it sit for a few minutes? Also what was the boot order when it last worked? True story: A laptop was set to boot from USB first (flash drive OS ftw!) and it kept hanging at boot because one of the USB ports had been mangled and the pins were touching each other and shorting out.
 

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Jackets from Lands' End - they are so warm and will hold up through just about anything! :) Nalgene bottles last forever too, although I did replace mine to get BPA-free ones. Cannon cameras are awesome as well!
 
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I have some vintage kitchen utensils that were handed down or actually purchased on purpose...the kind with the smooth wooden handle over stainless and brass rivets. They are simply the best, made in the USA and will last forever!
 

toinena

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Yeah but what can you do with DSL? I mean it works, it's a functional distro, it does basic things... ever try to get Audacity running on it?

Puppy now, THERE'S a good lightweight distro.

The BIOS locked computer, I'm assuming you already tried disconnecting the CMOS battery and letting it sit for a few minutes? Also what was the boot order when it last worked? True story: A laptop was set to boot from USB first (flash drive OS ftw!) and it kept hanging at boot because one of the USB ports had been mangled and the pins were touching each other and shorting out.
You know I am a dog person.... And puppies are adorable. Ah. The Linux puppy. I think I could name a puppy Linux. No. I haven't tried audacity on It, but all Linux versions I have had I think I have had audacity running too.

As for the BIOS problem. It has no battery. It is a pc. A box. With a cable. ( I speak like a person waking up in the middle of the night that doesn't wear glasses and only wants to go back to sleep....). I tried booting it with a sub pen drive and DVD. I'll give it one last try before I throw it out. But that will be after December 7th.