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Top 10 tech we miss

  1. Jul 14, 2005 #1

    jma2001

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    From the article:
    "Technology evolves. Good technologies and products usually survive; poor ones usually go extinct. But not all of the technologies and tech products that have swirled down the drain of the tech gene pool deserved their fate. Here are some big, and some small, ideas that we thought we'd have with us forever, but that unfortunately have gone the way of the dodo."

    http://www.cnet.com/4520-11136_1-6259955-1.html

    What would you add to this list?
     
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  4. Jul 14, 2005 #3

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    I miss Tilley Lamps. They're not really from my time (and you can still get them!), but I've had the joy of being able to use them once or twice. Their use makes you feel important. You have to prime them, pump them up, light them properly, oil them, and generally look after them. It's so much more exciting than just flipping a switch. Also, the light they give off has a kind of magical feel to it, especially when you're out on a calm sea, late at night, on a big sailing boat, watching the stars. Blissful.

    I miss green-screen monitors. They always used to make me feel like I was at mission control for a space adventure.

    I miss steam trains. Again, not really from my time, but the smell, the smut, the sound, all so beautiful. The way that you can see all the working parts, and the way that you have to wait for hours while it steams up before you can go anywhere.

    I miss having a manual choke in my car. Having to open the choke to start a cold engine made driving feel more important. Almost, urrm, again, like driving some kind of space ship...

    I miss non-safety matches. Can we still get them? The thrill of being able to spark up using only the stubble on your chin was pretty special.

    I miss Casio Keyboards from the 1980s, when the sounds were so lo-fi that they were legendary. Keyboards today sound like real instruments, where's the fun in that? I miss the drum beats like "Samba" and "Bossa Nova", and tones like "Human Voice" and "Tuba", which blatently sound nothing like either.
     
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    I miss cars that can be worked on with a reasonable toolset.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2005 #5
    I miss my Dad old stock ticker, as a kid it was a great honor to be the one asked to turn it on, and watch the paper snake slither its way to the ground.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2005 #6
    The Commodore 64.... my very first putter :cry:
     
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  8. Jul 14, 2005 #7

    BobG

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    From CNet's list, real space exploration is a good number one choice. Those were exciting times, when each new accomplishment was actually leading towards something great.

    Napster was a good choice for the list, as well. Living in a town that offered nothing but mainstream music choices, Napster offered a chance to explore something new. If an individual popped up on 2 or 3 of the searches for one of your favorites, there was a good chance he had a lot of good music in his library that you hadn't even heard of yet - and Napster offered the capability to browse his library and download songs at random.

    From the other suggestions here....

    Man, how could they let the Commodore 64 die. I learned Basic on that thing, even had MetaBasic, plus several programming software aids and was even moving down the road towards learning assembly language. And the games were classics - there was nothing better than playing full-contact Jeopardy with a gathering of drunk friends.

    And I miss non-safety matches. I'd never be able to recreate today the feat I achieved as a kid - I lit an entire book of matches in my pocket on the upsweep of my yo-yo. ( :uhh: okay, that wasn't exactly planned)

    Other technology I miss -

    The slide rule (okay, it's probably not fair to say I miss them when I still have a good working collection of them). There's nothing quite like the feel of a Hemmi bamboo slide rule - it takes math to a whole new level.

    The 60 foot, 80 foot, 85 foot satellite dishes that could only track one object at a time. Tracking satellites gave you a much more macho feeling when you did it with an 85 foot antenna - especially if you slewed the antenna so fast pieces flew off. Nowadays, you have 20 foot, 14 foot, 10 foot dishes that do the same thing and phased array radars that can track dozens of objects simultaneously without the antenna having to move at all.
     
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  9. Jul 14, 2005 #8

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    Ahhh, Bob and his slide rules.

    I really should get one and learn to use it, the amount you go on about them!
     
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    Kodachrome
     
  11. Jul 14, 2005 #10

    Pengwuino

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    Oh god yes, good keyboards!!!!
     
  12. Jul 14, 2005 #11

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    Funny to see "clacking" keyboards on the list. I was just out this weekend looking for a full-size keyboard to plug into my laptop for when I'm using it at home, and after testing all the keyboards I came across, they all have that same "squishy" feel that I hate. I was really missing those "clacking" keyboards. I think I type better on those too, because I can really feel every keystroke, and there's just this satisfaction you get from hearing yourself going *clackity clackity clackity clackity clackity* as you're typing something important.
     
  13. Jul 14, 2005 #12

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    Just how old are you? Manual choke? What were you driving, a Model T?

    I miss writing letters, on paper, with ink. It felt special to get a letter from a friend in the mailbox; there's nothing special feeling about getting email.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2005 #13

    Pengwuino

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    lol "im sick of these new things called windows"
     
  15. Jul 15, 2005 #14

    jma2001

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    Funny how many people liked those clackity keyboards. I always hated them because they made so much NOISE and I always felt self-conscious using them in libraries and quiet offices. Even now, when we all have "mushy" keyboards, you can sometimes hear people typing during teleconferences, and occasionally someone will complain about the noisy typing.
     
  16. Jul 15, 2005 #15
    Manual chokes were used into the sixties in America until they were outlawed. People would accidentally leave them on and hence cause excessive pollution.

    However, it was also possible with V-8 automatic-choked cars to drive around all day with the choke on. The choke stayed on unless the accelerator pedal was touched, but I found it was possible in my Camaro to drive around at 30+ miles per hour as well as come to a complete stop and accelerate without ever touching the accelerator pedal. Even though it had plenty of horsepower at high idle, the torque converter had enough slip at high idle to allow the car to come to a complete stop with the brakes applied.
     
  17. Jul 15, 2005 #16

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    Hand-to-hand warfare.
     
  18. Jul 15, 2005 #17
    Cars have probably deprived us of the real adventure, long journies and nights. I miss how people used to travel from one place to another without knowing where they were heading to , and when the night comes, they used to rest in tents or someone's house.And now when you need to reach a place , first of all biggest discourgaement is that you know where the place is , and secondly , you just sit in the car and travel to that place , and then you think that you deserved that place.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2005 #18
    In addition to the commodore 64 I always liked the old steam powered tractors and the old threshing machines. Or how about the hand powered ice cream makers, what a workout that was.
     
  20. Jul 15, 2005 #19

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    But, so worth it. I almost forgot about those.
     
  21. Jul 16, 2005 #20
    none, i like all the new technology better muahhahahahaha!
     
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