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(io9)   A poster from 1993 showing the dozens of pounds of gear you'd need to carry with you to consider yourself a "cyberpunk"-pretty much all of which were replaced by your iPhone   (io9.com) divider line 66
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2013-09-17 08:36:00 PM  
My phone doesn't have a stun gun.
 
2013-09-17 08:50:03 PM  

Mentat: My phone doesn't have a stun gun.


But it can:
http://www.yellowjacketcase.com
 
2013-09-17 08:58:46 PM  

Magorn: Mentat: My phone doesn't have a stun gun.

But it can:
http://www.yellowjacketcase.com


"Oh my mom is calling hold on while I answeHHHNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG"
 
2013-09-17 09:01:31 PM  

Magorn: Mentat: My phone doesn't have a stun gun.

But it can:
http://www.yellowjacketcase.com


Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
 
2013-09-17 09:02:45 PM  
PGP encryption.  Wonder if it wasn't compromised '93?
 
2013-09-17 09:06:09 PM  
Lacks the phrase high tech low life and a mini disc player.

Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?
 
2013-09-17 09:08:45 PM  

b2theory: Lacks the phrase high tech low life and a mini disc player.

Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?


I believe there's a mini disc player.  By Sony in fact.
 
2013-09-17 09:11:36 PM  
No, that is what we THOUGHT we looked like in the early nineties.  In reality it was more like this:

i218.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-17 09:55:50 PM  
 
2013-09-17 10:08:55 PM  
It really is amazing how much useless junk can fit into so small a device.
 
2013-09-17 10:50:16 PM  
Call me when we can get these...

imageshack.us

The Omnitool. Tali is optional, but dangit, Ash Sroka would be nice too...

thegamingliberty.com
 
2013-09-17 11:26:52 PM  
I-I feel so old....
 
2013-09-17 11:39:54 PM  
farm5.static.flickr.com

/farkin gargoyles...
 
2013-09-17 11:43:13 PM  

Elegy: I-I feel so old....


Yeah...the 'zine culture sort of died on the vine when everyone could just throw up a website. I sort of miss getting a hold of actual paper with all sorts of ridiculousness and wild ass comics and fiction and more.
 
2013-09-18 01:03:58 AM  
Wow, this old chestnut? Must be a slow day at io9.

Oh, who am I kidding? Every day is a slow day at io9. It's just "open the social media sites, see what's trending, and rehost it."
 
2013-09-18 02:28:47 AM  
I never knew Howard Stern used to be a cyberpunk.
 
2013-09-18 02:32:21 AM  

Ishkur: [farm5.static.flickr.com image 494x640]

/farkin gargoyles...


THAT'S what they were called!  That was one of those things at the back of my mind those Google Glass people reminded me of but I couldn't remember. THANKS!
 
2013-09-18 02:36:09 AM  

StopLurkListen: Ishkur: [farm5.static.flickr.com image 494x640]

/farkin gargoyles...

THAT'S what they were called!  That was one of those things at the back of my mind those Google Glass people reminded me of but I couldn't remember. THANKS!


I hope the name "Glassholes" sticks.
 
2013-09-18 02:44:06 AM  

PainInTheASP: No, that is what we THOUGHT we looked like in the early nineties.  In reality it was more like this:

[i218.photobucket.com image 585x697]


That was a great play.  Nice twist at the end.
 
2013-09-18 02:45:13 AM  
All that shiat in that ad and the only thing I'm drawn to is the JOLT cola cans on the floor. My god I miss those.
 
2013-09-18 02:51:03 AM  
That graphic is actually rather prescient. I don't think I even heard of PGP until maybe 2000 and shoulder-surfing passwords in 1993?! Then there is the "R.U" text lingo which certainly hadn't reached the masses by 1993.

BTW, I assume that they mean "hacking" rather than "jacking" or was "jacking" once the term?
 
2013-09-18 03:13:48 AM  
imageshack.us
Cyberpunk was and still is a genre of Science Fiction. That poster was BS in 1993 and was an excuse to display products and gadgets. The official looking definition in the poster was made up by someone at the magazine's art department.
 
2013-09-18 03:25:08 AM  
Is that John Romero during the development of Daikatana? I know, of course, that this spans many possible years.
 
2013-09-18 03:39:03 AM  

red5ish: [imageshack.us image 640x427]
Cyberpunk was and still is a genre of Science Fiction. That poster was BS in 1993 and was an excuse to display products and gadgets. The official looking definition in the poster was made up by someone at the magazine's art department.


Yeah, it's obvious Sony put up some money for that 'feature' to get printed.
 
2013-09-18 03:57:13 AM  

NateAsbestos: red5ish: [imageshack.us image 640x427]
Cyberpunk was and still is a genre of Science Fiction. That poster was BS in 1993 and was an excuse to display products and gadgets. The official looking definition in the poster was made up by someone at the magazine's art department.

Yeah, it's obvious Sony put up some money for that 'feature' to get printed.


. . . which is hilarious, considering that the real cyberpunk stories like ones written by Gibson paint giant technology corporations like Sony and Apple as the main bad guys.
 
2013-09-18 04:00:25 AM  

worlddan: That graphic is actually rather prescient. I don't think I even heard of PGP until maybe 2000 and shoulder-surfing passwords in 1993?! Then there is the "R.U" text lingo which certainly hadn't reached the masses by 1993.

BTW, I assume that they mean "hacking" rather than "jacking" or was "jacking" once the term?


Ever heard of a phone jack? Ever heard it called a phone hack? "Jacking in" is completely different from "hacking in". "Jacking in" is the physical act of plugging a cable into a port. "Hacking in" is gaining access to a system once you are jacked in. So, no, they didn't mean "hacking". TMYK.
 
2013-09-18 04:03:54 AM  

worlddan: That graphic is actually rather prescient. I don't think I even heard of PGP until maybe 2000 and shoulder-surfing passwords in 1993?! Then there is the "R.U" text lingo which certainly hadn't reached the masses by 1993.


People weren't texting on their phones back then, but online chat programs like IRC had been around for a while and abbreviated words go back to the morse code / telegraph days.

/still has a PGP key from 1994 listed on the MIT keyserver
//should probably revoke it one of these days; 1024 bits is quite short by modern standards.
 
2013-09-18 04:08:16 AM  

b2theory: Lacks the phrase high tech low life and a mini disc player.

Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?


*raises hand*
 
2013-09-18 04:18:27 AM  

Ivo Shandor: worlddan: That graphic is actually rather prescient. I don't think I even heard of PGP until maybe 2000 and shoulder-surfing passwords in 1993?! Then there is the "R.U" text lingo which certainly hadn't reached the masses by 1993.

People weren't texting on their phones back then, but online chat programs like IRC had been around for a while and abbreviated words go back to the morse code / telegraph days.

/still has a PGP key from 1994 listed on the MIT keyserver
//should probably revoke it one of these days; 1024 bits is quite short by modern standards.


Last time I checked, MIT won't let you revoke from their PGP directory.

//You're not the only one with keys long since lost and outdated.
 
2013-09-18 04:25:15 AM  

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: Last time I checked, MIT won't let you revoke from their PGP directory.

//You're not the only one with keys long since lost and outdated.


It isn't lost. I still have the private key, and I have a revocation certificate which I generated when I made the key. According to the FAQ the revocation mechanism still works, you just can't delete keys (i.e. the key will stay in their database but it will be marked as revoked).
 
2013-09-18 05:30:06 AM  
Bu Wrfhf Puevfg jvyy lbh gjb fuhg gur shpx hc?
 
2013-09-18 05:44:43 AM  
I remember that. It looked just as lame 20 years ago as it does today.
 
2013-09-18 05:47:04 AM  
I'm not sure what's more homo-erotic, using iPhone or carrying all that gear
 
2013-09-18 06:14:54 AM  
Nice work on the stealth advertising by Sony and Apple.
 
2013-09-18 06:36:26 AM  
Image a of a modern cyberpunk:

2.bp.blogspot.com

/My lawn, GTFO
 
2013-09-18 07:09:59 AM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: Is that John Romero during the development of Daikatana? I know, of course, that this spans many possible years.


He still claims he's gonna make us his biatch for some reason.
 
2013-09-18 07:30:22 AM  

b2theory: Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?


Saw them in concert in Cincy back in 2006 or '07.  Does that count? :)
 
2013-09-18 07:33:11 AM  

GreenAdder: Wow, this old chestnut? Must be a slow day at io9.

Oh, who am I kidding? Every day is a slow day at io9. It's just "open the social media sites, see what's trending, and rehost it."


It was posted in August.

/Show us on the broadband where they hotlinked you.
 
2013-09-18 07:46:37 AM  

GrendelMk1: b2theory: Lacks the phrase high tech low life and a mini disc player.

Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?

*raises hand*


Put me on that list as well.
 
2013-09-18 07:56:56 AM  
My brother was in a meeting at [Big Faceless Defense Firm] when they were discussing the next direction to take the Army's land warrior project. After the Nth discussion on how to solve 90s problems in the 2010s with 80s tech he flopped his phone on the table.

"This does 95% of what they really need."

He didn't make many friends with that...
 
2013-09-18 08:00:35 AM  

LewDux: I'm not sure what's more homo-erotic, using iPhone or carrying all that gear


Why choose?

Oh wait, you mean homo-erotic in some sort of disparaging sense, don't you?
 
2013-09-18 08:08:57 AM  
Not actually a poster, subby, it's a page from Mondo magazine, which was Wired before Wired got off the ground
 
2013-09-18 08:38:21 AM  
anotherplotdevice.files.wordpress.com
//No mention of Hacking the Gibson? For Shame
 
2013-09-18 08:55:00 AM  
A poster from 1993 showing the dozens of pounds of gear you'd need to carry with you to consider yourself a "cyberpunk"-pretty much all of which were replaced by your iPhoneAndroid phone.


The Future is Open Source and Android.  Handle it.
 
2013-09-18 08:58:53 AM  

Linux_Yes: A poster from 1993 showing the dozens of pounds of gear you'd need to carry with you to consider yourself a "cyberpunk"-pretty much all of which were replaced by your iPhoneAndroid phone.


The Future is Open Source and Android.  Handle it.


Thats so cute. Hey, now that Google owns Motorola, how long do you think the Android OS is going to stay open source?
 
2013-09-18 09:00:29 AM  
I don't remember this magazine.  I think it was because I was dating during that period of time.
 
2013-09-18 09:07:05 AM  

fatalvenom: GrendelMk1: b2theory: Lacks the phrase high tech low life and a mini disc player.

Who was still listening to Ministry in 2000(besides me)?

*raises hand*

Put me on that list as well.


I...I bought From Beer to Eternity last week.
 
2013-09-18 10:45:29 AM  
Really more of an Apple/Sony ad. Real cyberpunks made their own gizmos whenever feasible.

/these days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness
 
2013-09-18 11:02:00 AM  
Amusing how many of those products are made by Sony. They were the Apple of the 1990s.
 
2013-09-18 11:45:14 AM  

Ishkur: /farkin gargoyles...


Snow Crash, check

Publikwerks: //No mention of Hacking the Gibson? For Shame


Hackers, check

...and I'll go ahead and mention that this article makes me want to play Netrunner.
 
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