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(Sun News Network)   Millennial family disconnects from the Internet and all modern technology, lives as if they were in 1986, a shadowy era of cassettes, wired phones, tube TVs, paper maps, and bizarre objects called "books"   (sunnewsnetwork.ca) divider line 27
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2013-09-02 07:58:58 AM
4 votes:
And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.
2013-09-02 08:16:49 AM
3 votes:
So he's handicapping his kids' future career prospects by making them unfamiliar with technology, forcing his wife to obey his every whim in a vaguely creepy, controlling fashion and simultaneously being the kind of sanctimonious ass who always has to tell everyone that he doesn't own a TV.

Oh, and he has that exact style of mustache that only douchebags, 80's cop show protagonists and Pantera fans wear. I think I can guess which category he falls into.
2013-09-02 02:15:23 PM
2 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.

Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.


Yeah, I'd heard of them, they were pretty uncommon too.

I had a Tandy TRS-80. . .and it was a piece of crap.  Spend all afternoon slowly typing a program in. . .and with only one typo it would reject the whole program with a "SYNTAX ERROR OK" and you'd have to start all over again.  My parents bought me a computer thinking it would instantly and automatically improve my grades and "prepare me for the future", but it just bored me to tears as I wasted afternoons slowly typing programs into it out of the manual that came with it. . .and on rare occasion they might just work, but it was boring as heck and I gave up on it after a few months.

Heck, only one friend of mine even had an answering machine at his house. . .and most people didn't leave messages because they were kinda scared/confused at it.  If you wanted to talk to somebody, you'd call their house and hope they were there.

I had one friend in my class at school whose family had a computer, one.  He had a Commodore 64. . .and his dad was the local lawyer so they had money.  None of my other friends had any "computers" of any kind until PC's started becoming big in the early-to-mid 90's.

So, I stand by my statement.

People seem to have this idea that everybody was an early adopter, that everybody had cell phones the moment they were available, that everybody had computers because computers existed in some form, that everyone had cable way-back-when.  The truth is, that cell phones were high-end luxury items until only a little over a decade ago, lots of people were slow to switch to CD's after having been burned on 8-tracks (and cassette tapes), personal computers only became commonplace in the household about 20 years ago, and cable TV had a much slower rollout beyond urban areas than you might think.

Goddamn it, I'm 35, I shouldn't be having belt-onion moments.
2013-09-02 10:40:54 AM
2 votes:
Another person who lived in the 80s.

drkellyflanagan.com

He took his family on a trip.

mimg.ugo.com

But it didn't turn out quite the way he thought it would.

www.clarkgriswoldcollection.com

/See, even Clark Griswold used a computer back then to plan his trips!
//just be careful that your son isn't trying to eat your car with the video game sprite he was playing with
2013-09-02 09:07:46 AM
2 votes:
On the other hand, the number of unmarried, unemployed 20-something dudes with two kids and a live in girlfriend had to be pretty close to zero percent of the population in 1986.
2013-09-02 09:05:02 AM
2 votes:

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.

And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.


16 bit NES?

Really?
2013-09-02 09:02:33 AM
2 votes:
On a typical day in 1986, I could have played some videogames, watched some cable tv, and maybe messed around on the computer for a bit. The lesson: people who were born in year X are not always experts on life in year X.
2013-09-03 04:52:09 AM
1 votes:
First world problem
2013-09-03 02:38:08 AM
1 votes:
According to this, only 15% of American households had a computer in 1990.  Now shut up about how common computers were in the '80s.
2013-09-02 10:34:52 PM
1 votes:

Great_Milenko: sno man: f
Either way, in May of '85 the first CD only release was Dire Straits Brothers in Arms.

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Fine... How about first CD to sell platinum in that format? or the song Brothers in Arms being the first CD single?  One of the first albums recorded digitally? or why the hell would you buy the cassette unless you had a walkman?

from the wiki:
Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording 'DDD' at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. It was also released on vinyl and cassette.
Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version.
2013-09-02 08:48:43 PM
1 votes:

OtherLittleGuy: CDs were not as ubiquious in 1986. They were still trying to figure how to display them in album stands, and they had these plastic extensions that propped the CD up in view. Some places had reusable extensions, but eventually, they just built and rebuilt displays for CDs only.

I also remember there was such an argument on the Jewel Case design. Good times.


No, that was later. In the mid and late 1980s, CDs were marketed in long-boxes. They faded away in the early 1990s.

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2013-09-02 08:14:18 PM
1 votes:

farkeruk: OtherLittleGuy: CDs were not as ubiquious in 1986. They were still trying to figure how to display them in album stands, and they had these plastic extensions that propped the CD up in view. Some places had reusable extensions, but eventually, they just built and rebuilt displays for CDs only.

I worked in a record shop in 85. We had a CD shelf behind the tills. It was around 88-89 that CDs really started taking off.


You worked in one owned by a technophobe cautious adapter.
CD's came out in Japan in the summer of '82 with a whopping 150 or so titles.  By March of '83 when CD's were sprung on North America there were over 1000 titles, the coverage was similarly exponential that by '85, just about every release* was available in all three dominant formats (even a few straggler forth format 8 tracks).
Either way, in May of '85 the first CD only release was Dire Straits Brothers in Arms. Which, due in no small part to MTV (on cable) and a pretty cool (computer animated) video, went multi-platinum.
By '86, the year our under employed protagonist is pretending to relive, every new album was out on CD (many on other formats too), and they were reissuing back catalog stuff left and right on CD.

* the 12" singles and remixes were still nearly all vinyl. Yea early/mid 80's DJ's!
2013-09-02 06:02:00 PM
1 votes:
Look! they even had Windows 8 back in 1986

i.imgur.com

/watch
2013-09-02 03:33:50 PM
1 votes:

skinink: I don't understand you all who think just because you had a computer back in the 80's or that many brands were being sold, that computing was common. It wasn't like it's trying to made out to be. Even before Windows 95, computers were still an expensive thing. I had a friend tell me that back in the Eighties, a 100MB hard drive upgrade costs $1,000. How could something so expensive be common back then?


Hard drives were uncommon and pricey, but almost no one had a hard drive for their home computer in the 80s.

They sold 17 million Commodore 64s, and there were also the other computers mentioned in the thread like the Ataris, the TI-99, the Apples, etc.  All with no HDD (or if there was one available, almost no one had one).  I bought both a Commodore VIC-20 and a Commodore 64 by the time I was 18, using money from a part time job.

Take it from the people who actually lived in the 80s and saw them all the time, they were not rare.  The C64 was under $600.
2013-09-02 03:26:46 PM
1 votes:

skinink: I had a friend tell me that back in the Eighties, a 100MB hard drive upgrade costs $1,000. How could something so expensive be common back then?


Many personal computers in the 80s had no or much smaller hard drive.  My C64 had no hard drive, and the first hard drive we got on our 286 was like 20 megs.

Lots of people had PCs in the 80s, and not just the rich ones.
2013-09-02 01:35:37 PM
1 votes:
It seems like they were planning this ahead of time and didn't just up and do it one day.  So, why didn't he go out and hit the used books stores or what ever and buy old cassette tapes of his favorite older bands?  Also, did he go out and buy a car from 1986 or before?  If not he's cheating.  And I also assume you gave up your debit card and now carry your check book where ever you go along with a bunch of cash given that not many places take checks anymore.

Also, I know why you're a nuisance to your friends.  It's not that you leave your home without your cellphone, it's that you are probably a douchebag who can't stop telling your friends how much better you think you are than they are because you think you're living in 1986.

Oh, and that book, don't bother with it.  Before you hit Goodwill searching for a good word processor or typewriter and buying a ribbon for it, this has been done better already.  PBS had a reality tv show where three families lived like people did in the 1800s, complete with log cabins that had to be built.  No one is going to give a damn about some asshat who decides to live life in the mid-1980s and comes across as a pretentious "I'm better than you" asshole because he can go 12 months without texting.  I turned 8 in 1986 and compared to how things are today, I wouldn't want to return to that lifestyle.  Some parts were awesome, but I wouldn't want to return to that lifestyle full time as an adult.  I've used a typewriter for a high school typing class.  I would not want to have to use carbon paper when typing something up.  I wouldn't want to have a small personal address book filled with phone numbers. The Atari is fun from time to time, but modern games are so much better, Netflix beats the hell out of "Let's go to the video store." and then getting upset that the new release isn't in stock.  And internet porn is better than being that creepy guy in the special corner of the video store.
2013-09-02 12:46:13 PM
1 votes:
No computers, no tablets, no smart phones, no fancy coffee machines, no Internet, no cable, and - from the point of view of many tech-dependent folks - no life.


Um, we had computers, fancy coffee machines, and cable TV in 1986, you dumbasses. Now you're just overdoing it.

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2013-09-02 12:21:54 PM
1 votes:

BafflerMeal: devilskware: Let's see ... I was born in 1977. Got cable and Atari 2600 in 1982. a fancy cordless phone in 1986.NES in 87. Central air conditioning in 88. A CD player in 1995.Computer in 1999 and a cell phone in 2008.

You must have looked great as a nine year old with one of these:


Cordless =/= mobile

They were the land line phones with a base unit and a cordless handset.
2013-09-02 11:57:54 AM
1 votes:
Life is hard when you're an idiot.
2013-09-02 11:09:59 AM
1 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: He's 26??????? What is it with people and their rush to look middle aged?


You're more employable if you look closer to Boomers than Millenials. Being young means you have no skills, even if you do.
2013-09-02 10:11:53 AM
1 votes:
"I remember the day before we started this, I was a wreck and I was like 'I can't believe I have to delete my Facebook!'" she said.

Uhh... That's because you don't have to delete it.  It would have been waiting for you all by its lonesome just fine if you just left it alone until april 2014.  Now you have to go rebuild it next year, congratulations...
2013-09-02 09:21:07 AM
1 votes:

Silverstaff: If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.


Speaking of " the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was ", you ever hear of Commodore, Atari, Apple? Everyone had a home computer in 1986.
2013-09-02 09:14:02 AM
1 votes:

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.

And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.


Not everybody was using CD's in '86.  Heck, I was 8 years old in 86, I remember it rather well.  Our family didn't get a CD player of any kind until '93.  Around '86 I was still playing 45rpm records on a turntable and my mother was still listening to 8-tracks.   We got cable around '88.

The NES was 8-bit,not 16 bit, and while it was out in Japan and had a very limited release in the US by that point, it wasn't widely released or promoted until Christmas season of '87.  That's the funny thing about just looking up the release date on Wikipedia, it completely leaves out how widespread something was, yeah, the NES was in a few stores in October of '85. . .but it wasn't widely distributed or marketed until fall of '87.  In '86 I was still playing my old Atari 5200.

Cell phones might have existed, but they were definitely not everyday items.  They were usually called "carphones" and kept only in cars because they were too large and bulky to just walk around with.  Very limited coverage areas also meant that if you weren't in a big city, they were useless.  Cellular phones for everyday use started to become just a tad more common by the mid '90's before becoming ubiquitous in the early 2000's.  It's not a stretch to say "no cell phones" when trying to live like people in '86.

PC's were another thing that were not for everyday use either.  Seriously, the first IBM PC was indeed in 1982, and the IBM AT was indeed the current model of computer at the time with it's 80286 processor running at 6 MHz and 20 MB hard drive running DOS 3.0. . . but they were very expensive and not in most houses.  Heck, we didn't even have a PC in our school until 1990.  My Dad took me to his job once around the mid 80's to show me that they had got a computer in there now.  If you had one at home, you had a LOT of disposable income.
2013-09-02 09:10:16 AM
1 votes:
I don't know exactly how old the Fark population is, but quite a few of us had been alive for a while already in 1986. We lived part of our lives like this. Most of us are still here, and (gasp!) even know how to use a lot of new technology. Some people use more of it, some less. We don't care about your experiment.
2013-09-02 08:48:09 AM
1 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: And what's with the "no computers" shiat? In 1986? Really? "No cable"? 1986? This guy is a dumbfark.


And while cassettes were popular, records were still around, and by '86, everything was on CD's.  Cell phones were in their second generation (think brick v. briefcase) and cable was old news.  In fact, Rogers (one of the big three communication companies in Canada) changed it's name in 1986 from Rogers Cablesystems (it's name since 1967) to Rogers Communications.  Apple II's were all the rage, and the first 16 bit NES was out that year too.
Lastly, Blair, GET A JOB.  While not totally unheard of, the stay-at-home dad thing was pretty rare.
2013-09-02 08:47:23 AM
1 votes:
No cable? They had cable in 86. I spent a few months in the US in 1980, and the apartment we rented had cable.  And I got my first email account in 83 when I went to college.
2013-09-02 08:17:03 AM
1 votes:
Problem: deleting Facebook account deprives attention-whore of attention
Solution: get website to write article on how you deleted Facebook account
Irony: HTTP did not exist in 1986
 
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