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2014-04-16 01:27:03 PM
Ooga-Chaka?
 
2014-04-16 01:49:35 PM
My grandmother gave my cousin my deceased grandfather's watch for his college graduation last year.

He was unaware that it needed to be wound.  I kid you not.
 
2014-04-16 02:09:35 PM
I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.
 
2014-04-16 02:13:26 PM

vartian: I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.


In 1994, I bought a Sony Walkman with Christmas money. It was like $120 and it had auto-reverse, but it also had a button that switched sides any time you wanted. It also had an 8x fast forward and reverse that was faster than most other models. It also had XTRA bass and a digital clock.


I wore the absolute sh*t out of that walkman throughout high school.

I only watched half the clip, but the beauty of the walkman goes hand in hand with the beauty of the mixtape.
 
2014-04-16 02:17:44 PM
ramp.ie
Walkmans? Music should be shared, peeps!
 
2014-04-16 02:19:28 PM
My smart ass kids bought me an eight track player for my birthday a few years ago. Then they rubbed it in by declaring "Here's some old technology, dad. Just like YOU!"

/My lawn OFF it!
 
2014-04-16 02:21:30 PM
Not bad, but still not as amusing as seeing youngsters reactions to a rotary dial telephone. We had a thread about that earlier this year.
 
2014-04-16 02:26:33 PM
www.electronixandmore.com

At least the cassette player still has the possibility of working.
 
2014-04-16 02:47:56 PM
Or when your total at the 7-11 comes to $8.16, give them a $20 bill and a penny.
 
2014-04-16 02:52:34 PM

Delawheredad: My smart ass kids bought me an eight track player for my birthday a few years ago. Then they rubbed it in by declaring "Here's some old technology, dad. Just like YOU!"

/My lawn OFF it!


Hopefully you immediately started spending their college funds on stuff you wanted.
 
2014-04-16 03:08:06 PM

Rev.K: vartian: I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.

In 1994, I bought a Sony Walkman with Christmas money. It was like $120 and it had auto-reverse, but it also had a button that switched sides any time you wanted. It also had an 8x fast forward and reverse that was faster than most other models. It also had XTRA bass and a digital clock.


I wore the absolute sh*t out of that walkman throughout high school.

I only watched half the clip, but the beauty of the walkman goes hand in hand with the beauty of the mixtape.


I bet that was tits.
 
2014-04-16 03:10:40 PM

vartian: I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.


Not only auto reverse, but the electronic buttons as opposed to mechanical buttons. I wore the shiat out of multiple Walkmans from the late 80s through the late 90s.

Bathia_Mapes: Not bad, but still not as amusing as seeing youngsters reactions to a rotary dial telephone. We had a thread about that earlier this year.


I think these videos are stupid, actually. It's like handing a smart phone to a guy from 1890 and laughing because he doesn't know what it is. Neither of the videos represent something that kids would have EVER encountered. Might as well give them a buggy whip.

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2014-04-16 03:14:00 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Not bad, but still not as amusing as seeing youngsters reactions to a rotary dial telephone. We had a thread about that earlier this year.


Remember the answer-only, rotary-less phones for businesses?  Common belief was there was no way to make a call by 'dialing out'.

/ If you know remember the phone, you probably remember the work-around.
 
2014-04-16 03:27:40 PM
Oh, come on.  The 13 year old boy didn't even have any remote idea what it was?  Hasn't he watched 80's movies?  Couldn't he read the "PLAY" and "STOP" and "FF" buttons and figure it out?
 
2014-04-16 03:31:54 PM

Archimedes' Principal: Bathia_Mapes: Not bad, but still not as amusing as seeing youngsters reactions to a rotary dial telephone. We had a thread about that earlier this year.

Remember the answer-only, rotary-less phones for businesses?  Common belief was there was no way to make a call by 'dialing out'.

/ If you know remember the phone, you probably remember the work-around.


any phreak from the 80's and 90's would also know how to dial out on a pulse dialing phone without a keypad

/had the pulse pattern for 25 cents recorded on the end of every mix tape I carried.
 
2014-04-16 03:32:46 PM
I liked the comment the kid made about needing big pockets. That made me think, there is probably a direct correlation between the slimming of phones and music players and the rise in skinny jeans.
 
2014-04-16 03:35:13 PM
When they handed the kids the tape they should have included a pencil....
 
2014-04-16 03:41:43 PM
try showing a kid an old rotary phone.

/did this to a neighbors kid, we all had a good laugh.
 
2014-04-16 03:49:43 PM

Diogenes: My grandmother gave my cousin my deceased grandfather's watch for his college graduation last year.

He was unaware that it needed to be wound.  I kid you not.


don't tell me that it was a vintage patek philippe or vacheron constantin and the kid traded it for a casio...
 
2014-04-16 03:52:54 PM
It's like a stone-age iPod.

Next question... what's an iPod?
 
2014-04-16 04:00:16 PM

Mikey1969: I think these videos are stupid, actually. It's like handing a smart phone to a guy from 1890 and laughing because he doesn't know what it is. Neither of the videos represent something that kids would have EVER encountered. Might as well give them a buggy whip.


Agreed. A kid born in 2006 doesn't know how to use a walkman? Color me f*cking shocked.
 
2014-04-16 04:09:49 PM
Sorry, ain't buying it.

The concept of an audiocassette can't be that strange; none of these kids have ever seen a video tape either? They can't tell that the headphone jack on their iPhone is the same thing as the Walkman?

They need to find something that even their parents likely haven't used. Place a telegram or a wax cylinder in front of these kids and maybe I'll believe their awe and mystified responses.

Don't get me wrong, this was cute and entertaining but hardly genuine.
 
2014-04-16 04:15:39 PM

OneDeltaTenTango: try showing a kid an old rotary phone.

/did this to a neighbors kid, we all had a good laugh.


We had a thread about that back in March. Kids are presented with rotary phones, and asked how they work. Hilarity ensues
 
2014-04-16 04:19:02 PM

Diogenes: My grandmother gave my cousin my deceased grandfather's watch for his college graduation last year.

He was unaware that it needed to be wound.  I kid you not.


LOL
CSB: My shiatty ex-adoptive parents occasionally find a box of my stuff in the garage and bring them by. A year or two ago, I found my Six-Million Dollar Man wristwatch, and my initial impulse was to turn it over, open it up and find out what size battery it took. Took me a second to remember that the thing was a wind-up watch.
 
2014-04-16 04:32:41 PM
StrikitRich:
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At least the cassette player still has the possibility of working.


When I heard they were going to change everything over, I advertised mine (little bigger version, but still worked fine) and first person to show bought it w/o any haggling at all; completely expected to get haggled at least SOME. DERP! Fast $25 and didn't have to waste a trash bag.

/yes, I'm an asshole, but a knowledgeable one... with $25 more than the other guy! SO MNYAAAAA!
 
2014-04-16 04:34:13 PM

marleymaniac: I liked the comment the kid made about needing big pockets. That made me think, there is probably a direct correlation between the slimming of phones and music players and the rise in skinny jeans.


That does not make sense because we should have started moving away from skinny jeans in favor of baggy jeans driven by the movement toward large screen phones.
 
2014-04-16 04:44:50 PM

ABQGOD: They can't tell that the headphone jack on their iPhone is the same thing as the Walkman?


That's what confused me the most. That's the most relatable component of the Walkman, and they couldn't understand it? "Why won't this 20+ year old electronic box send music directly into my brain?"

I did chuckle at the comments about running with that thing. I remember running laps in college using my Walkman and a mixtape because my Discman would skip too much. It was a little bulky, but nothing terrible.
 
2014-04-16 05:19:26 PM

Rev.K: vartian: I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.

In 1994, I bought a Sony Walkman with Christmas money. It was like $120 and it had auto-reverse, but it also had a button that switched sides any time you wanted. It also had an 8x fast forward and reverse that was faster than most other models. It also had XTRA bass and a digital clock.


I wore the absolute sh*t out of that walkman throughout high school.

I only watched half the clip, but the beauty of the walkman goes hand in hand with the beauty of the mixtape.


I had a discman in like 1993 or so, I don't think cassette players where that much by then.
 
2014-04-16 05:30:27 PM

Headso: Rev.K: vartian: I remember being excited because my new Sony Walkman had auto reverse.

In 1994, I bought a Sony Walkman with Christmas money. It was like $120 and it had auto-reverse, but it also had a button that switched sides any time you wanted. It also had an 8x fast forward and reverse that was faster than most other models. It also had XTRA bass and a digital clock.


I wore the absolute sh*t out of that walkman throughout high school.

I only watched half the clip, but the beauty of the walkman goes hand in hand with the beauty of the mixtape.

I had a discman in like 1993 or so, I don't think cassette players where that much by then.


The good ones were. Aiwa tape deck, auto reverse, 'soft touch' buttons, maybe one that actually had the clamp to shut it, rather than just a door, or the Sony 'sports' style were all still expensive. A basic one was $20, but $120 isn't that bad. I used to buy a small unit that was just a radio, but it was a Sony digital with a bunch of presets, nice and small, I think I still paid $90 for those into the late 90s.
 
2014-04-16 05:31:56 PM
I've never felt so old in my life.
 
2014-04-16 05:32:36 PM
Then again, I've never been this old, in my life.
 
2014-04-16 05:40:37 PM
 
2014-04-16 05:59:41 PM
Okay, CSB.

First time I put a floppy disk into a Mac, I freaked because there was no eject button.
 
2014-04-16 06:02:06 PM
Give your average 30-40 year old a Victrola Phonograph and see how long it takes them to get it to work. Technology marches on.
 
2014-04-16 06:11:02 PM
Rain Man was on a couple days ago and I was amused by him walking around with the Watchman so he wouldn't miss Wapner.

The TV in that movie got the best reception, he took it everywhere, and from what I remember you had to balance just right on one foot, with your arm bent at a 90 degree angle, holding a metal ruler while standing on a bucket in a threshed wheat field in order to get something resembling scrambled HBO porn
 
2014-04-16 07:09:01 PM

BadReligion: Give your average 30-40 year old a Victrola Phonograph and see how long it takes them to get it to work. Technology marches on.


BadReligion: Give your average 30-40 year old a Victrola Phonograph and see how long it takes them to get it to work. Technology marches on.


I'm 40 and own a victrola console.. bought it when I was 32 and have a fairly decent collection of clay 72's for it. But, I am the exception to the rule, and you are correct.
 
2014-04-16 07:11:47 PM
That 8 year old kid... She's going places in life. Smart kid.
 
2014-04-16 07:16:50 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Okay, CSB.

First time I put a floppy disk into a Mac, I freaked because there was no eject button.


1998.. I was working tech support for a company who's name rhymes with "Shall I signal?" and they had a lot of "fresh off the boat" techs who were used to CDSERVS and network installed software. There were airgapped machines in the labs that were working on modules for the ISS (Yes, these literally were rocket scientists) and needed to manually install software. On more than one occasion I had guys shove more than 1 cdrom at a time into the slot feed drives because there was no hard eject button.
 
2014-04-16 07:18:41 PM

Shadow Blasko: who's


Thanks phone. You asshole.
 
2014-04-16 07:49:45 PM
Meh.

I had one of these instead:

blog.modernmechanix.com
 
2014-04-16 08:17:54 PM
To be fair, those aren't really today's youth. They're just little kids, you probably could have handed kids that age a Walkman back when Walkmans were actually a thing and they still wouldn't have known what it was for.
 
2014-04-16 09:17:37 PM
I drove to a meeting with a younger coworker the other day; she's in her mid-twenties. We parked and she put a quarter in the parking meter, then stared at it. Then shook it. Then tried to push the front of it.

I watched all this play out with some amusement before reaching over and twisting the dial to drop the coin.

Kids these days.
 
2014-04-16 09:25:59 PM

Saiga410: marleymaniac: I liked the comment the kid made about needing big pockets. That made me think, there is probably a direct correlation between the slimming of phones and music players and the rise in skinny jeans.

That does not make sense because we should have started moving away from skinny jeans in favor of baggy jeans driven by the movement toward large screen phones.


Also doesn't make sense when you consider jeans were usually tight during the 80's.  It makes about as much sense as when a 20 yro told me the reason why we had small, crappy headphones in the 80's, went to tiny earbuds, and now large headphones are coming back is no one liked music in the 80's though the 90's.  The temptation to bat him in the ears was so hard to repress.  He plays in a band and thinks the 80's and 90's music sucks, do you want his address so he can learn the errors of his ways?

/No I won't give it to you, but it would be funny to see a mob standing at his door holding boom boxes.
 
2014-04-16 09:40:53 PM

lohphat: Meh.

I had one of these instead:

[blog.modernmechanix.com image 850x1177]


Did those things actually work?  I always wondered.
 
2014-04-16 09:54:35 PM

ABQGOD: Sorry, ain't buying it.

The concept of an audiocassette can't be that strange; none of these kids have ever seen a video tape either? They can't tell that the headphone jack on their iPhone is the same thing as the Walkman?

They need to find something that even their parents likely haven't used. Place a telegram or a wax cylinder in front of these kids and maybe I'll believe their awe and mystified responses.

Don't get me wrong, this was cute and entertaining but hardly genuine.


It could be convenient editing...

But something to also consider; let's say an 8-year-old has a parent who is, for example, now 30.
That's born 1984; yes, exposure to cassettes/Walkmans... but early 2000's when they are 17/18 they are already using iPods/mp3 players and strictly mp3 files for other digital devices/PC's from that point on...

Would most parents that age still have Walkmans lying around from 2006 (year their kid born in this example) to 2014? I would think not. Regarding the older/13-year-old kids (and especially younger than) - consider that they have spent most of their lives with/on the internet...

...and perhaps they essentially have been in an internet filter bubble their whole lives, not necessarily learning about gadgets from the 80's and, if they did come across a movie from the 80's showing a cassette player - either they didn't really pay attention or, more importantly, a cassette player was probably not a plot device but seen in passing as they were ubiquitous at the time.
 
2014-04-16 09:58:16 PM
I cant explain your point about not recognizing the headphone jack other than perhaps they were in a state of confusion.
 
2014-04-16 10:52:48 PM

SumoJeb: Archimedes' Principal: Bathia_Mapes: Not bad, but still not as amusing as seeing youngsters reactions to a rotary dial telephone. We had a thread about that earlier this year.

Remember the answer-only, rotary-less phones for businesses?  Common belief was there was no way to make a call by 'dialing out'.

/ If you know remember the phone, you probably remember the work-around.

any phreak from the 80's and 90's would also know how to dial out on a pulse dialing phone without a keypad

/had the pulse pattern for 25 cents recorded on the end of every mix tape I carried.


I was actually referring to the mid 60's, before touch-tone phones were present in my youth.

/ Reel to reel tape was in fashion at the time.
 
2014-04-16 11:27:57 PM
http://books.google.com/books?id=nRN263ekdaIC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=cyb e rnet+portable+cassette+player&source=bl&ots=yyvKJ3Qqo9&sig=ol5sQ2wC-ZJ MyWHesI5tPu-ex20&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bUdPU9HdIMTB0QGcmYCADg&ved=0CGEQ6AEwBw# v=onepage&q&f=false

My dad gave me a Cybernet in 1984. It wasn't this particular model as it only used two AA batteries. Listened to "Sports" by Huey Lewis and the News on it while visiting FL for the first time on the way to a deep sea fishing trip.

On my last day in Orlando before flying back to KY, I was standing near a lake listening to Pink Floyd and zoning out. A storm crept up behind me and when the lightning struck in front of me I bolted - straight into the side of an apartment building.
That player always had a hum in playback after that.

When a single headphone was plugged in, the knobs would be for left/right. But if a second set were plugged in the knobs would run A and B. It was awesome.
 
2014-04-16 11:32:58 PM

Delawheredad: My smart ass kids bought me an eight track player for my birthday a few years ago. Then they rubbed it in by declaring "Here's some old technology, dad. Just like YOU!"

/My lawn OFF it!


You can still have the last laugh. Cut them out of your will.
 
2014-04-17 01:38:27 AM
Little kids like that can make the best drug mules.
 
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