Some months ago I acquired a Nintendo 64. It was missing a controller, power supply and games, and since then I got the missing parts as well as a wonky cartridge of “Zelda: Ocarina of Time”. When trying the cartridge it wouldn’t to anything, the screen stayed black. Closer inspection revealed that the edge connector of the cartridge was pretty corroded.
I am using an ancient German telephone, which goes by the name “FeTAp 751”, or Fernmeldetischapparat for short. It is a lovely orange 80s piece of equipment. But it has one drawback: it only supports pulse dialing, which isn’t supported by my WiFi router anymore. Since all German landlines use tone dialing by now, I can’t connect this phone directly, but need a converter. That converter used to work on a different router, but doesn’t on this one. So we will swap out the whole numberpad! The German Postal service made a similar phone with tone dialing. And you can still get a tone dialing number block as “new old stock”. So let’s swap it out and see if we can start calling people again!