Via Ace of Spades HQ’s overnight thread, we get this story: Obsolete technologies that will baffle modern children – in pictures.
You know what that looks like to me? A quiz about what things Brian J. still has lying around the house.
So I’ll bold the things I still have and will italicise the things that I had at one point because, hey, there are multiple text styles.
- Floppy disk (I have both 5.25″ and 3.5″)
- Sony Walkman
- Rotary phone (I still have an old timey wall-mount phone with a cord)
- Typewriter (I think I’m down to one old electric typewriter these days)
- Stand alone camera (Many)
- Atari 2600 (Also many)
- Nintendo Game Boy (it’s on the wall, but some Game Boy Advances are in the closet)
- Betamax (I might have had one pass through my possession in the old eBay-selling days, but I can’t be sure–I did have some Betamax cassettes though)
- VHS tapes (which are on the shelves with the DVDs)
- Cathode Ray Tube Monitor (Although at this point, I am down to a boxed Commodore monitor)
- Slide projector (I don’t have one, but I do have a little slide viewer and a bunch of old slides)
- Game cartridges (for many systems from the aforementioned Atari 2600 to the depicted N64)
- Walkie talkies (my children have one or more sets, or at least one of one or more sets)
- Pagers (Never had one, but carried one, briefly, when I was ‘on call’ as a technical writer for the Y2K remediation effort)
- Polaroid instant camera (Got one for selling Olympic, but I have since divested myself of the one or more I’ve owned)
- Answering machine (Not tape-based, but I still have the one that my mother bought me in 1997 so she could leave me messages in my new apartment)
- Sony MiniDisc Player (Although I suspect there’s a Sony DiscMan around here somewhere)
- Camcorder (Maybe I had one pass through my hands; I don’t know what happened to my mother’s old one)
- Edison Gold and Stock Ticker
- Fax machine (although I can send faxes with my all-in-one printer, it’s been a year or so since the last stand-alone fax machine passed through Nogglestead as my mother-in-law got rid of one by giving it to me to use or donate–I donated it)
- BBC Micro (Never heard of it, but now I want one)
Jeez, I am only 11/21.
I can do better.
Also, note that my children do know many of these old technologies as a result.