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Totally Tubular Tech From Our 20s –> Celebrating Our 20th Year

Have you heard? The Geeks turn the big 2-0 this year! And as you can imagine, any milestone birthday brings about times of reflection.

And nothing begets bouts of nostalgia quite like old technology.

Two teens looking through a box of old records

Image from an episode of King of the Hill

We asked a few of our Geeks what their favorite tech was during their 20-something years, and the answers ranged from pagers to 3D printers.

One thing’s for certain, however: You never forget your first tech love. 🧡

So in celebration of CodeGeek’s 20th anniversary (coming up in June!), we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite retro tech—just in time for #NationalRetroDay.

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Check out our photo album below and harken back with us to the good ol’ days of tech. (For some of us, those days are a bit more sepia-toned.) ⬇️

☞ Want to see what else we were up to in our 20s? We’ll be sharing #ThrowbackThursday pics and old-style Q&A interviews with the Geeks every month on our Facebook page!

“My pager. Very cool to have a pager on one’s belt!” — David

Image source: eBay

“I was in love with my iPod back then. Music at my fingertips in a small device was magic to me.” — Leah

Image source: Poshmark

Vintage iPod shuffle
Vintage Canon 35mm SRL camera

“My favorite tech back then was my 35mm SLR camera.” — Jamie

Image source: Unique Photo

“My Palm Pilot (Palm III and V) and Palm Pilot Pro. You had to learn the letters its way, not yours—and take the time to master that. I still have letters I write using the Palm flow, like the letter E.” — Ron

Image source: Wikipedia

Vintage Palm III on desk with power cable
Laptop and a 3D printer on a wooden table

“3D printers! I think that tech is so interesting and I’ve had a ton of fun experimenting with different projects over the years.” — Graden

Image source: Ennomotive

“My Gateway computer and AOL.” — Cathy

Image source: Fudzilla

Vintage Gateway 2000 computer
Screen view of an iPod Touch

“iPod Touch (basically still the same).” — Chris

Image source: eBay

“My television set (analog back then). I finally got one for myself for my bedroom and you could set the timer to turn off after an hour or two, which meant I could fall asleep watching Star Trek: Voyager. It was the best.” — Rebecca

Image source: eBay

Vintage Sony analog TV set
Vintage original Palm Pilot with stylus

“My favorite piece of tech back then was the original Palm Pilot. It was so awesome! I thought I was so hip with that cool, little stylus and the sweet black cover I had for it.” — Todd

Image source: Gadgeteer

Want even more fun tech stuff to help celebrate #RetroDay? You got it!

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Visit 📶

  • Mobile Phone Museum – The Mobile Phone Museum is designed to safeguard this important collection of mobile technology and its heritage.
  • Museum of Endangered Sounds – The Museum of Endangered Sounds was created by Brendan Chilcutt in 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by his favorite old technologies and electronics equipment.
  • Infinite Mac – Want to see what it was like using a Mac in the mid-90s? By using two web-based emulators, you totally can.
  • Henry Heffernan’s modern-day retro résumé – Take a seat at a retro Windows 95 desktop and browse around Henry’s interactive and immersive portfolio.


  • @retropcgeek – “When I was 11 I got my first PC, an Amstrad PC2086. I then upgraded to a 486, I then upgraded again, and again. Now the internet is on my phone.”
  • @computerloverecords – “Based in Los Angeles, CA focusing on various aspects of synthetic music inspired by 80s nostalgia.”

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