TYPEWRITERS: Even in the 80s they seemed anachronistic. But we had one lying around, collecting dust. The sound of the keys is something we all know well from waiting in line at government offices and banks indefinitely.
HAM RADIO: Ham radio clubs become popular in the late 80's. The intersection of socially awkward Indian nerds and older creepy uncles were members of "ham radio clubs." They would sit in their rooms for hours and communicate with the Russians.