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Thursday, 2 October 2003


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1605 - Remember when...?

Via vakkotaur:

This could start a few different ways:

When was the last time you...
Do you recall the last time you...
Have you ever...

...used gopher on the internet?
...locked a car door by pushing down the little stem at the back of the door?
...opened or closed a garage door manually?
...changed TV channels without a remote control?
...changed TV channels by turning a dial?
...wound a clock or watch?
...used a watch or calculator that had LEDs for the display?
...played a record?
...used a typewriter?
...dialed a rotary phone to make a call?
...turned on a radio and waited for it to warm up?
...watched as a TV station signed on, or off, for the broadcast day?
...used a sliderule?
...used an outhouse? (Not a porta-potty)
...used a candle or lantern for light not during a blackout?



...used gopher on the internet? 1995, when I was setting up a gopher server at work. It got little use, as the Web had already begun to take hold.
...locked a car door by pushing down the little stem at the back of the door? 1986, just before I traded off the pieece-o-crap 1983 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, the last car I owned that had those. (Even then, most of the time, I used the power locks. I've never purchased a car without power locks; the last one I owned was in 1979.)
...opened or closed a garage door manually? Jamuary 2001, just before moving to our current house.
...changed TV channels without a remote control? Pretty recently. I've got a fair amount of TV equipment within arm's reach.
...changed TV channels by turning a dial? The channel-style dial left my life in 1975, when my dad and I built a Heathkit GR-2001 TV with electronic tuning.
...wound a clock or watch? I've only owned electronic timepieces since at least 1977.
...used a watch or calculator that had LEDs for the display? An HP-33E calculator, in 1991 or thereabouts. (Aside: TI sucks!)
...played a record? 1976 or so, although I'm about to do so again - to convert a set of John Philip Sousa marches from vinyl to MP3 for my dad.
...used a typewriter? Ewww. You can't backspace on one of those. (Well, not as we've come to know backspace.) 1981, I think, at the office.
...dialed a rotary phone to make a call? 1993: the computer room phone at my old house had a rotary dial. I quit using that room about then.
...turned on a radio and waited for it to warm up? 1985, and, like Paul, it was a ham transceiver (in my case, a Kenwood TS-520). I don't think I've ever waited for a broadcast receiver to warm up.
...watched as a TV station signed on, or off, for the broadcast day? Late 70s, dunno exactly when.
...used a sliderule? For real? About 1974. To play around with? Last week.
...used an outhouse? (Not a porta-potty) Early 1970s, on a Scouting trip.
...used a candle or lantern for light not during a blackout? Field Day a few years ago. Coleman lanterns work quite well.

current mood: [mood icon] nostalgic

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From:kinkyturtle
Date: - 0000
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"Ewww. You can't backspace on one of those. (Well, not as we've come to know backspace.)"

On our old Smith-Corona, you have to backspace to type an exclamation point. (Apostrophe-backspace-period.) Also, there's no 1 key. You use lowercase L instead.

Now I'm wondering if a keyboard like that would make an AOLer's head explode, by denying him the ability to type "LOL!!!!111!1!!" :}

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