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100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

  • By Nathan Barry Email Author
  • July 22, 2009  | 
  • 8:00 am  | 
  • Categories: Armchair Geek

There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.

That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias …

Photo Credit: makelessnoise via flickr Photo credit: makelessnoise via flickr 

Audio-Visual Entertainment

  1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
  2. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
  3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.
  4. The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
  5. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
  6. Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
  7. High-speed dubbing.
  8. 8-track cartridges.
  9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
  10. Betamax tapes.
  11. MiniDisc.
  12. Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
  13. Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio b0rk this concept.)
  14. Shortwave radio.
  15. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
  16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
  17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’
    <i>Photo credit: smin via flickr</i> Photo credit: smin via flickr 

    Computers and Videogaming

  18. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
  19. The scream of a modem connecting.
  20. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
  21. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
  22. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
  23. DOS.
  24. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
  25. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
  26. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
  27. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
  28. Counting in kilobytes.
  29. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
  30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
  31. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
  32. Joysticks.
  33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
  34. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
  35. Recording a song in a studio.
    Photo credit: ghbrett via flickr Photo credit: ghbrett via flickr 

    The Internet

  36. NCSA Mosaic.
  37. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
  38. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
  39. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
  40. Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
  41. Phone books and Yellow Pages.
  42. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
  43. Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
  44. Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
  45. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
  46. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
  47. Archie searches.
  48. Gopher searches.
  49. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
  50. Privacy.
  51. The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
  52. Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
  53. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
  54. The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
  55. The time before PC networks.
  56. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.
    Photo credit: Chris Devers via flickr Photo credit: Chris Devers via flickr 

    Gadgets

  57. Typewriters.
  58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
  59. Sending that film away to be processed.
  60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
  61. CB radios.
  62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
  63. Rotary-dial telephones.
  64. Answering machines.
  65. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
  66. Pay phones.
  67. Phones with actual bells in them.
  68. Fax machines.
  69. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.
    Photo credit: ansik via flickr Photo credit: ansik via flickr 

    Everything Else

  70. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
  71. Remembering someone’s phone number.
  72. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
  73. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
  74. Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
  75. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
  76. Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
  77. Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
  78. Neat handwriting.
  79. The days before the nanny state.
  80. Starbuck being a man.
  81. Han shoots first.
  82. “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
  83. Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
  84. Trig tables and log tables.
  85. “Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
  86. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
  87. Swimming pools with diving boards.
  88. Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
  89. Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil to break off the first finger
  90. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
  91. Having to manually unlock a car door.
  92. Writing a check.
  93. Looking out the window during a long drive.
  94. Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
  95. Cash.
  96. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
  97. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
  98. Omni Magazine
  99. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
  100. When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.

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This is funny. I took it from the page Stuff White People Like. Yes yes I am guilty of wanting a Vespa as well.scooter

Within white culture, your choice of transportation method says a lot about you.  For example a Prius says you

 care about the Earth, a bicycle shows you REALLY care about the earth, and a bus shows that you are probably not white.  But these three options are not the only viable ways for a white person to get around, they have literally dozens of choices including Volvos, old Mercedes that run on vegetable oil, Subaru Outbacks, and Vespa Scooters.

As it stands, every single white person on earth either owns, has owned, or is dreaming about owning a Vespa Scooter.  And why not?  They are Italian, feature vintage design, low emissions, make the rider look more sophisticated, and they carry a little bit of risk. In fact, were it to have a liberal arts degree and a steady income,  a Vespa scooter would possesses every important quality that a white person looks for in a spouse.

In addition to these superficial qualities, there are some very practical benefits to white people.  Namely, scooters are perfect for gentrifying neighborhoods which are often short on parking and heavy on people who are impressed by Vespas.

If you are in search of a fun game, a white person who has recently purchased a Vespa can be a source of tremendous entertainment.  Step One, get them talking about their Vespa (easy).  Step Two, start asking them why they didn’t save money buy getting a Honda or Suzuki that gets the same mileage.  Step Three, see how many of the following justifications a white person will use during the ensuing rant:  environment, parking, urban lifestyles, union labor, writers, fuel efficiency, Roman Holiday, study abroad, and being into Vespas before other people.

Finally, the Vespa has produced one of the great paradoxes in white culture.  Vintage Vespas are infinitely cooler than newer ones, but the vintage models produce more pollution than most automobiles. If you know a white person going through this dilemma, just say something like “the amount of energy and carbon used to produce a new scooter will probably cancel out the emissions from your vintage one.”

Problem solved forever.

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Tuesday night went skating for the 3rd time since I moved here to sunny Austin Texas.
Dana,Sarah, Linz and I went and had some fun and none of us fell. We went and had some delish food@ Triumph Cafe. They have good spring rolls.Glad Dana suggested that instead of the Mexican Food I thought I wanted. Mexican food before RollerSkating would have been a bad idead.These lovely photos are stollen from Dana’s Blog.I was too scared to carry my camera,was afraid I would fall on it.s1s2s3s4s5

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Last night I saw Origins Wolverine. It was good. I had been waiting on this movie to come out for some time now. Everyone should go see it I believe, even if you are not a big Comic Book person. It sure as heck doesnt hurt that a few men in this movie are cute. Personally I have had a crush on Wolverine since the first X Men movie.

My allergies are going nuts and making me tired alot I wish they would stop. It has been  a bit since I had one  of my allergy shots, need to make my way back to Denton and get one.

So the ACL List was announced this week.Personally I am excited about it Andrew Bird is playing and this makes me very happy even if I have already seen him play at SXSW this year but I could see him play everyday and be thrilled just like the first time. Several good bands playing this year. Gotta get my ticket.