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  • EEVblog #289-2 – Handifax 1000 video – Part 2

    Posted on June 7th, 2012 EEVblog 38 comments


    Because many asked to see it, the entire Handifax 1000 VHS video.
    I believe that the video was done by Eric Lau, as the label on the tape has Solar Film & Video Services Ltd
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/eric-lau/19/4bb/903

    NOTE: My encoder stretched this to 16:9. It was supposed to be 4:3. But it looks like it did a good job at it.

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    • Ondre

      Awesome!
      I like the blonde girl, but I guess the olive colored dress was a pain in the eyes even back in 1994 :-). Also a big fan of the 80′s porn synth music! It brings up the urge to connect my vintage Roland MT-32 to the computer and play some Sierra Adventure classics for the rest of the week. Anyone got a USB-MIDI cable for me?!
      Cheers
      Ondre

    • Adam

      The keys for setting the time are unintuitive

    • f4eru

      Simply cool

      I love the 7 character passwd shown in clear on screen (assumind it’s also saved in clear)

    • Michael K.

      Unbelievable – the style of presentation, the used colors, the voice, the music, … it’s all so 80′s. ;-) Thanks for sharing with us.

      “Handyfax is compact, lightweight and solidly constructed…” lol

      I can’t withstand to show you this:) http://youtu.be/xmnlkLc1Foc

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EgoShredder EgoShredder

      [..YouTube..] The PDA has never gone away, because everyone and their cat owns an iPhone. At work just about every member of staff is fiddling with one during break times in the canteen. I myself have two Psion Series 3 (one an mx); a Mitac Mio 168; two Dell Axim x51v. I’m not that keen on the current generation of PDAs though.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EgoShredder EgoShredder

      [..YouTube..] It sounds very mid to late 1980s to my ears (I am 40).

    • http://www.rkselectric.com.au/ Sydney Electrician

      Nice blog post, very unique and you can get lots of information that is very helpful. thank you for sharing your blog.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RetroGamerVX RetroGamerVX

      [..YouTube..] Yeehaa, I’m not the only one, although I could not understand how to install batteries without the very advanced user video!! ;o)

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RetroGamerVX RetroGamerVX

      [..YouTube..] Well, my the clothes pegs on my eyes were strained, but I made it all the way through!! I can’t believe they made a section on battery installation!!Wow, if this had come out at the start of the fax age (I know, that could not have happened), I think it would have been quite successful :o)I think they only got copywrite permission for one song lolI love how she pretends to seed type on the keyboard at the end, like that’s possible lol

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=NICKN0RT0N NICKN0RT0N

      [..YouTube..] With an old Analog Mobile phone transmitting an inch or so against the Handifax. I wonder how well it stood up to RFI.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=randacnam7321 randacnam7321

      [..YouTube..] Going by the video, it sounds like there must be a backup lithium cell installed for the unit to work.Besides being yet another example of how crap this product is, this might be why it did not turn on.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=sparkie21 sparkie21

      [..YouTube..] I laughed when I see that they put in Dave’s favourite golden power batteries!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=esavarem esavarem

      [..YouTube..] PDAs have “fused” phones

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BrightnessKnight BrightnessKnight

      [..YouTube..] Thumbs up for who watched the whole video haha

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xXdenhartXx xXdenhartXx

      [..YouTube..] Advertisement.. SELLOUT :DDDD On a more serious note, great video!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HexiBase HexiBase

      [..YouTube..] It wasn’t the batteries. The battery compartment was left open.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=slomotrainwreck slomotrainwreck

      [..YouTube..] The vid capture from the Hauppauge PVR looks really good considering the source.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=toddrharrison toddrharrison

      [..YouTube..] I watched the whole thing! I didn’t know my eyelids could get so heavy.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mathman47 mathman47

      [..YouTube..] I’ll have to keep this around for the times I can’t get to sleep.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheFabioEiji TheFabioEiji

      [..YouTube..] The transition music is very, very annoying.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EEVblog EEVblog

      [..YouTube..] Damn, I’m busted!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xxA13Xxs xxA13Xxs

      [..YouTube..] thx i looked everywhere 4 a manual for my unboxed one..

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xquercus xquercus

      [..YouTube..] Man, I can’t get the video to play. Maybe it’s because it’s PAL and I’m in North America? OK, bad joke… Only made it about 5 minutes through the video but thanks for putting this up.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dnelms2 dnelms2

      [..YouTube..] Handifax 1000, lightyears ahead of the old Handifax 999!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AntiProtonBoy AntiProtonBoy

      [..YouTube..] Why am I watching this?????????????

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=xxAlecPurexx xxAlecPurexx

      [..YouTube..] what happened to your video on the PsVita

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrIlikegadgets MrIlikegadgets

      [..YouTube..] Lmfao

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kibi15 kibi15

      [..YouTube..] It’s amazing how things have moved on. That Sheila deemed it acceptable to carry a towel about with her so that she could provide the unit with better acoustic dampening.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=digital4282 digital4282

      [..YouTube..] That music was horrid.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=blasterbeam blasterbeam

      [..YouTube..] Gotta love the music

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Lachlant1984 Lachlant1984

      [..YouTube..] Wow, you can really tell that this video was created in the 90′s just by the ever popular Telstra, or should I say Telecom TouchPhone, the white one, there was a time when those things were in almost every home here in Australia, you still see them around, I think my parents still have a couple of them.

    • Worf

      My god that’s what passed for user-friendliness in the 90′s?

      It’s a good thing it failed – that thing is just hard to use!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=chimerahitman chimerahitman

      [..YouTube..] 0mm

    • Adam E

      Such genius product design!

      You just have to love the convenient placement of the SEND button….buried right down behind the handset that you have to try and delicately balance on top of the thing.
      You can actually see the handset get pushed by the person trying to transmit at one point in the video.

      Talk about your pieces of crap!

      Thanks Dave for a good laugh!
      Please find some more Op shop relics for us to poke fun at!! ;)

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Cla0016 Cla0016

      [..YouTube..] oh lawdy

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Zwank36 Zwank36

      [..YouTube..] iphone != pda, its a phone for starters and it has the internet. Its more closely related to a tablet pc than a pda.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Veikra Veikra

      [..YouTube..] Man those youtube ads are getting longer and longer…

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=secondgear26 secondgear26

      [..YouTube..] I hate the new sound YouTube makes when you like a comment. :/