Probably an iBook. 2001 would (probably) make it one of "toilet-seat" models. Haven't seen one of those for a very long time. I think people were embarrassed to be seen with them and quickly replaced them with something that wasn't so garish.
I've got a Canon TX that's still in good working order, except that I can't get batteries anymore for the built-in light meter (it requires a mercury cell that's long out of production for obvious reasons). And unlike the 1Ds, the TX was the low-end budget model of day, lacking a 1/1000s shutter speed and the self-timer. Still, not bad for nearly 40 years old.
You can replace the battery. You'll need a special screwdriver, and in some cases you may need to solder in the replacement. Though I find it amazing that nearly all of my SNES carts still retain their save data. The oldest ones are well over 20 years old!
I would assume that once you're up you would turn the lights back off for them. It's not like the audible alarm clock won't wake them up either. Though with the lights you could get some spot lights and aim them at your side of the bed in attempt to make it less disturbing.
Guess it depends on what part of the world you're in. In America, in the early 70's Subaru was still experimenting with importing micro-cars such as the Subaru 360, something that didn't work out particularly well for Subaru. For that matter, I don't remember them lasting very long on American roads.
Well, Hyundai has come a long way. On the other hand, compare a mid-90's Toyota Camry to a new one. The new one may have a lot more gadgets and features, but the 90's Camry is a much more solid, better built car whereas the new ones are basically what's left after 15 years of decontenting and cost cutting.
There are third-party aftermarket cartridges out there for a lot of the older HP lasers. I get them from Monoprice. Very reasonably priced and I haven't had any problems with them.
I've heard someone say that some of the first water mains put in back around 1900 were designed to last 100 years or more. The ones put in before WW2 were designed to last about 75 years. The ones put in during the boom in the 50's and 60's were designed to last 50 years. And the more recent ones starting from 70's are designed to last 30 years. Which means that today we've got something like 80-90 years worth of water mains which are all about at the end of the design lifetime. Something to think about.
Probably playing Diablo. I wore a few mouse buttons out that way too.
I've got one of the slightly newer Sony "Dream Machines" that uses the backlit LCD. I use it for a clock in the office, as the radio part barely works anymore. The daylight savings time button on it, however, is pretty innovative and I've always wondered why no one else has copied it. Push it in the spring to advance the clock by and hour, and push it again in the fall to set it back an hour. Simple and elegant.
My alarm clock in the bedroom is a GE clock radio from sometime in the early 90's with the red LED display, fake woodgrain, and 9V backup. Still going strong.
I would expect "worker bee" machines to go SSD at some point, probably soon. The reason is hard drives are not going to get cheaper, as it costs a certain amount to build such a complex mechanical device, which seems to have set a price floor of about $50 no matter the capacity. SSDs do not have this limitation, so as soon as you can get a "good enough" SSD for less than $50 I would expect SSDs to replace hard drives in "worker bee" machines. My guess is about 80GB should be good enough for OS + applications + scratch files.
Filling up a hard drive isn't as bad as filling up an SSD. Once you get to the point where the wear leveling mechanisms can't do their job without having to move lots of data around, write performance takes a huge hit.
If you're young and steadily put money into a retirement account, being a millionaire by the time you retire is certainly very possible. Of course, by then a meal at McDonald's will cost $30, a gallon of milk $15, and a new car will top $100k.
You mean my savings account which earns 0.15% interest? I mean, the $0.74 I would earn that way would be totally worth it!
You can buy a 4K monitor today for $700. And it's not some Korean mystery brand either:
One thing that isn't obvious though is that it's a 30Hz monitor. All the 60Hz ones, as far as I can tell, are still in $1000+ territory.