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2012-06-10 10:05:53 AM
Polaroid Instamtics hard to come by? I can get one for under five bucks on the Fleabay. Film, on the other hand...
 
2012-06-10 10:41:29 AM
My grand pa still has his original Polaroid Land...

Was still working in the 1980's. I bet it still does.
 
2012-06-10 11:18:00 AM
Ha! I haven't heard the term "car phone" in like a decade.
 
2012-06-10 11:28:25 AM
Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it
 
2012-06-10 12:03:08 PM
"that were the style at the time."

Absolutely.

Belt onions led to so many things

/or so I have been told here many times
 
2012-06-10 12:06:42 PM

downstairs: Ha! I haven't heard the term "car phone" in like a decade.


Ha! I know someone who still has one.
 
2012-06-10 12:15:24 PM
The first "Real" cell phone commercial I ever saw involved some housewife who needed to call home to see if the family wanted her to rent "Roger Rabbit" that night.

And I thought to myself, "What kind of idiot needs instant communication for something as banal as what to rent from a video store...?"

How the years have taught me...

/Remember not getting the whole home computer thing either.
// "Got" the Internet instantly, however, even pre-GUI
///Farking OLD Farker.
//// ~Sigh~
 
2012-06-10 12:23:00 PM

downstairs: Ha! I haven't heard the term "car phone" in like a decade.


Considering that some high end car have integrated cell phones with their own numbers, I would believe that the term is still valid and still n effect.
 
2012-06-10 12:41:45 PM

Ennuipoet: Polaroid Instamtics hard to come by? I can get one for under five bucks on the Fleabay. Film, on the other hand...


Instamatic(TM) is a trademark that belongs/ed to Kodak(TM), not Polaroid(TM).
Wait.

You're trolling, aren't you?
 
2012-06-10 12:42:35 PM

imfallen_angel: downstairs: Ha! I haven't heard the term "car phone" in like a decade.

Considering that some high end car have integrated cell phones with their own numbers, I would believe that the term is still valid and still n effect.


But that's only because the sentient AI needs a way to control them.
 
2012-06-10 01:03:21 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it


My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?
 
2012-06-10 01:07:48 PM
I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant
 
2012-06-10 01:17:40 PM
Did they really have to explain how a rotary dial telephone works?
 
2012-06-10 01:27:46 PM

pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?


It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

www.recycledgoods.com
 
2012-06-10 01:27:49 PM
Slide shows are never worth it. Just say no.

/DRTF "article"
 
2012-06-10 01:45:00 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?

It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

[www.recycledgoods.com image 640x480]


Ha!. I haven't seen one of those since i was a kid. We could regularly get three channels with that. If the conditions were right we sometimes picked up some from other states or Canada.
 
2012-06-10 01:50:16 PM
An animated slideshow punctuated by a commericial every new "slide"?

Worth it? Really subby?

Your link sucks.
 
2012-06-10 01:57:10 PM

Ennuipoet: Polaroid Instamtics hard to come by? I can get one for under five bucks on the Fleabay. Film, on the other hand...


That's not an Instamatic, which is a Kodak film camera that used a cassette that you had to have developed. It's a Polaroid "instant" camera, where "instant" meant "a couple of minutes after you pull the picture out of the camera".
 
2012-06-10 01:58:18 PM

perigee: The first "Real" cell phone commercial I ever saw involved some housewife who needed to call home to see if the family wanted her to rent "Roger Rabbit" that night.

And I thought to myself, "What kind of idiot needs instant communication for something as banal as what to rent from a video store...?"


The real problem is why she would even ask. The answer is always yes when it comes to Roger Rabbit.
 
2012-06-10 01:58:26 PM

somedude210: I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant


That's not what they meant. It's just that floppies were the portable media that everyone used in those days the same way we that we use flash drives today.
 
2012-06-10 02:00:24 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?

It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

[www.recycledgoods.com image 640x480]


I actually used to put up 40 foot rotator antennas by myself for my parent's TV business. Quite a challenge, now that I think back on it.
 
2012-06-10 02:06:18 PM

Skyfrog: somedude210: I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant

That's not what they meant. It's just that floppies were the portable media that everyone used in those days the same way we that we use flash drives today.


Pfft. In my day, "portable media" was punched tape. If you were hardcore, mylar punched tape. You could garrote a rhinoceros with that stuff and it wouldn't break. Punched cards were semi-portable, since a significant program required lugging around multiple metal trays.
 
2012-06-10 02:09:18 PM

jjorsett: MaudlinMutantMollusk: pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?

It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

[www.recycledgoods.com image 640x480]

I actually used to put up 40 foot rotator antennas by myself for my parent's TV business. Quite a challenge, now that I think back on it.


Living in Appalachia no one had antennas on top of their houses because the hills blocked the signal. Our antennas were all on the top of the ridges and several times a month you would have to climb to the top of the ridge to repair broken antenna line on the way up and adjust the antenna because the wind had blown it around. I remember making those steep climbs many times as a kid, especially in the winter. At the best of times we got NBC fairly clearly, and a really snowy but watchable ABC and CBS. Those days gone of course but when hiking through the hills you can still find traces of rotting antenna wire, insulators on trees almost completely grown over, or the remains of old aluminum antennas lying on the ridge tops waiting for someone to come and adjust them.
 
2012-06-10 02:33:10 PM

imfallen_angel: have integrated cell phones with their own numbers


Only because the phone company is unwilling to move into the 80s. It's insane that we still directly dial the network address of a phone to connect calls. At least since number portability it's no longer coupled the physical address of the phone, but even that was something we forced on the phone company with government interference.
 
2012-06-10 03:22:37 PM
Used one of these to store data:
i.huffpost.com
For one of these:
www.gamersace.com
 
2012-06-10 03:28:46 PM

cig-mkr: Used one of these to store data:
[i.huffpost.com image 640x464]
For one of these:
[www.gamersace.com image 470x325]


Now THAT brings back memories. Hunt the Wumpus, Munch Man, Car Wars, Parsec....good times.
 
2012-06-10 03:34:31 PM

cig-mkr: Used one of these to store data:
[i.huffpost.com image 640x464]
For one of these:
[www.gamersace.com image 470x325]


I still have a TI-99/4a, but the only game I have anymore is TI-Invaders (which is still the best Space Invaders port ever made in my opinion). Now I just need to find a joystick adapter so I can plug in my 2600 controller.
 
2012-06-10 03:34:42 PM

somedude210: I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant


i236.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 03:36:07 PM

Farty McPooPants: Did they really have to explain how a rotary dial telephone works?


I recently had to explain how an analog clock works.
 
2012-06-10 03:39:59 PM

Farty McPooPants: Did they really have to explain how a rotary dial telephone works?


I remember watching my cousins kids play with an old toy telephone from the 70s that we dug out of the attic. They were soon dialing and making phone calls even though they had never seen one in their lives.

Also I have an old 40s era rotary phone in my bedroom, still dials out just fine. Doesn't work for any automated "press 1 for" services though.
 
2012-06-10 03:48:09 PM
The typewriter is not obsolete in my office. I have about 80 four-part forms that I have to submit for every new fiscal year. I'll be damned if I'm handwriting that. I was using an ordinary typewriter, but with so many typos, I finally scrounged for a circa-1990 word processor with a display so that I can edit and make clean copies of the form (just changing names and other information for each person).

/CSB
 
2012-06-10 04:09:38 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?

It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

[www.recycledgoods.com image 640x480]


I had to go outside to turn the antenna by hand when we wanted to change channels and I changed the channel on the TV by hand before sitting back down.

Was lots of fun in the winter when the mast was froze in the ground and required a coffee pot full of boiling water to get broke loose to turn...

ah yes, the good ole days...
 
2012-06-10 04:14:18 PM
Floppy disks make me nauseous, not nostalgic.
 
2012-06-10 04:44:14 PM

buckeyebrain: The typewriter is not obsolete in my office. I have about 80 four-part forms that I have to submit for every new fiscal year.


Take the typewriter you bought, go to the office of whatever retard is making you fill out carbon forms, and smash their Rolodex with said typewriter. Then they won't be able to look up the phone number for Benjamin Franklin, or whoever else is still printing such forms, and you won't have to fill them out anymore.
 
2012-06-10 04:44:49 PM

Hand Banana: Also I have an old 40s era rotary phone in my bedroom, still dials out just fine. Doesn't work for any automated "press 1 for" services though.


For those, we used to even DTMF tone generators back in the day.
 
2012-06-10 04:56:22 PM

MoronLessOff: The answer is always yes when it comes to Roger Jessica Rabbit.


FTFM
 
2012-06-10 05:27:46 PM

pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?


I thought... we had a Space Command Tv when growing up... it had a connection to the phone and you could dial from the tv, and talk speaker through it.
 
2012-06-10 05:28:46 PM

Skyfrog: cig-mkr: Used one of these to store data:
[i.huffpost.com image 640x464]
For one of these:
[www.gamersace.com image 470x325]

I still have a TI-99/4a, but the only game I have anymore is TI-Invaders (which is still the best Space Invaders port ever made in my opinion). Now I just need to find a joystick adapter so I can plug in my 2600 controller.


I remember the first program I wrote in BASIC was just to get the cursor to move with the keyboard.
Then, I made a list of phone numbers and names that would actually alphabetize itself.
 
2012-06-10 06:03:01 PM

buckeyebrain: The typewriter is not obsolete in my office. I have about 80 four-part forms that I have to submit for every new fiscal year. I'll be damned if I'm handwriting that. I was using an ordinary typewriter, but with so many typos, I finally scrounged for a circa-1990 word processor with a display so that I can edit and make clean copies of the form (just changing names and other information for each person).

/CSB



Ha I have the same problem, I was using an 80s vintage Smith Corona but I found I could not get a new cartage so I pulled out an old Panasonic dot matrix that is still supported, I scan the documents set them as a background in Word then fill out the form and delete the background works every time
 
2012-06-10 06:10:42 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: pinchpoint: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Fun Fact: you could change the channels on a Space Command tv by shaking your key ring at it

My granddad had a Space Command TV, the channel would change from the clanging of the tags on his dog's collar.

/had to aim his antenna for different channels
//remember those gizmos?

It was a big day when they came and installed our new high-gain UHF/VHF antenna on a 20' mast with a genuine Alliance Tenna-Rotor, let me tell ya

/suddenly, we had almost 10 channels!

[www.recycledgoods.com image 640x480]


Don't forget the little pieces of masking tape on it so you knew where the channels where.
 
2012-06-10 07:20:34 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

I learned to type on this. Probably the most useful class I ever took. Effing awesome machine, as typewriters go.

Lawn, etc.
 
2012-06-10 07:53:44 PM

perigee: /Remember not getting the whole home computer thing either.
// "Got" the Internet instantly, however, even pre-GUI
///Farking OLD Farker.
//// ~Sigh~


I 'got' the home computer thing instantly. And a lot of us were online before the Internet. Yes, really; that's not some kind of weird joke. The 'Internet' as most people know it was effected by an Act of Congress in 1988, but existed well before that. But many of us were online on local-area 'bulletin boards' that were never part of the 'Net. This was dialup service on a very small scale, and it was like hanging out a local bar. A lot of people used 'handles' (a kind of username, the term coming from CB), but you still tended to 'know' most of the other users.

//older Farkette
///::le sigh::


Farty McPooPants: Did they really have to explain how a rotary dial telephone works?


Incredibly, yes. There are already kids who've demonstrated that they can't figure it out on their own. It's easy to laugh at them (and I do), but I guess I can understand that it's not really intuitive.


jjorsett: Skyfrog: somedude210: I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant

That's not what they meant. It's just that floppies were the portable media that everyone used in those days the same way we that we use flash drives today.

Pfft. In my day, "portable media" was punched tape. If you were hardcore, mylar punched tape. You could garrote a rhinoceros with that stuff and it wouldn't break. Punched cards were semi-portable, since a significant program required lugging around multiple metal trays.


9-track FTW. My company subscribed to USPS change-of-address updates, which came on it quarterly. We saved them and used them to back up our client database weekly. One 8" or 10" reel held the company's entire 100,000-record database. And only took a few minutes to spool on or off.


Skyfrog: somedude210: I take issue with them calling the floopy disk "the original flash drive" since it's called a flash drive because of the flash memory used. Floppy disks were not of a flash memory type and therefore should not be called "the original flash drive"

/end rant

That's not what they meant. It's just that floppies were the portable media that everyone used in those days the same way we that we use flash drives today.


I know, but it's just as easy to assume that the writer doesn't know what he's talking about, which remains a possibility.


buckeyebrain: The typewriter is not obsolete in my office. I have about 80 four-part forms that I have to submit for every new fiscal year. I'll be damned if I'm handwriting that. I was using an ordinary typewriter, but with so many typos, I finally scrounged for a circa-1990 word processor with a display so that I can edit and make clean copies of the form (just changing names and other information for each person).

/CSB


I own about a dozen portable manuals and a Royal desktop, but keep a Brother SX-4000 around for that sort of thing.
 
2012-06-10 08:00:36 PM

profplump: buckeyebrain: The typewriter is not obsolete in my office. I have about 80 four-part forms that I have to submit for every new fiscal year.

Take the typewriter you bought, go to the office of whatever retard is making you fill out carbon forms, and smash their Rolodex with said typewriter. Then they won't be able to look up the phone number for Benjamin Franklin, or whoever else is still printing such forms, and you won't have to fill them out anymore.


1) You can't control other people. It's asinine to presume you can.
2) Making fun of people for being different is childish. I know you're trying for a kind of humour by exaggeration, but it's coming across as more petulant than clever: when you add in enough details, it makes you sound like anyone who does anything you consider even slightly old-fashioned is a buffoon. And that's not fair; by that standard, you'll be one yourself, much sooner than you expect.
3) Don't use words like "retard." It makes you sound profoundly unintelligent.
4) Get even one greenlight. Otherwise, people will assume you're too lazy to even try.

You can do these in whatever order works best for you. If you can do them all at once, all the better. Don't hurt yourself, though.
 
2012-06-10 08:39:57 PM

Devolving_Spud: [upload.wikimedia.org image 450x319]

I learned to type on this. Probably the most useful class I ever took. Effing awesome machine, as typewriters go.

Lawn, etc.


Ah, the Selectric I. (1961-71)

I learned to type on a large manual, but I forget exactly which now. I suspect it might have been an Olympia SM9.
 
2012-06-10 09:18:13 PM
I learned on the IBM Selectric III. I can still type faster on one then a PC keyboard.

mytypewriter.com
 
2012-06-10 10:18:54 PM
As much as I love modern tech, I do miss the IBM Selectric II. The hum of the motor promoted a zen-like clearing of the mind so you could focus on your writing. And for making angry, dramatic calls, nothing beats one of those old rotary desk phones. Just snapping that rotary dial around was cathartic. Simply closing your cellphone shut doesn't quite say "F-U, and I mean it!" like slamming the handset of a desk phone back into the cradle.
 
2012-06-10 10:33:33 PM
 
2012-06-10 11:50:12 PM

Devolving_Spud: [upload.wikimedia.org image 450x319]

I learned to type on this. Probably the most useful class I ever took. Effing awesome machine, as typewriters go.

Lawn, etc.


When I was in school, girls took typing, guys took accounting. It was very odd if you took the class you weren't supposed to.

Off my lawn, etc.
 
2012-06-11 01:06:34 AM
And to go with the punched paper tape, don't forget the Model 33 Teletype machine which converted your keystrokes to the desired punches.

For the diehard paper tape freaks, there was the hand punch so you could correct a single character on the tape rather than re-punch the whole stupid roll.

But the art work TTY operators could create with the overprint on the teletype!

/older than dirt.
 
2012-06-11 03:47:54 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: 1) You can't control other people. It's asinine to presume you can.


Control, no, of course not. Influence, yes -- it's the way society works. You're trying to do it right now. It's not working, but you're trying anyway, and I'm going to do the same.

2) Making fun of people for being different is childish. I know you're trying for a kind of humour by exaggeration, but it's coming across as more petulant than clever: when you add in enough details, it makes you sound like anyone who does anything you consider even slightly old-fashioned is a buffoon. And that's not fair; by that standard, you'll be one yourself, much sooner than you expect.

I'm not making fun of people for being different. I'm making fun of people for failing to acknowledge that that the photocopier (let alone the word processor or computer) don't exist, or aren't clearly superior for the task at hand. Someone has decided that, rather than filling out normal forms and producing copies (let alone filing out a form electronically and bypassing the whole concept of "copies") they should require the poor commenter to fill out ~80 forms a year in quadruplicate carbon copy. It's such a ridiculously out-of-date concept that the form filler had to go to the trouble of finding equally out-of-date office equipment to efficiently comply. The fact that you don't find the situation worthy of ridicule confuses and astounds me.

3) Don't use words like "retard." It makes you sound profoundly unintelligent.

Don't assume I didn't mean what I said. I makes you look profoundly illiterate.

4) Get even one greenlight. Otherwise, people will assume you're too lazy to even try.

I am too lazy to try. Well, that's mostly a lie -- it's not even on my list of things to put off. Don't assume everyone shares your goals.
 
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