Thursday, July 23, 2009

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Saw this on Twitter today:
100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

I thought it'd be fun to go through this list and see what I remember or know. Click below to see the list...

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

  18. Computers and Videogaming

  19. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long YUP
  20. The scream of a modem connecting. YUP
  21. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer YUP
  22. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage. YUP
  23. Using jumpers to set IRQs. YUP I never actually had to do this, but I learned about it.
  24. DOS. YUP
  25. Terminals accessing the mainframe. YUP
  26. Screens being just green (or orange) on black. YUP
  27. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it. Nope
  28. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID. Nope
  29. Counting in kilobytes. YUP
  30. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade. Nope
  31. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time. YUP
  32. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load. Nope
  33. Joysticks. YUP
  34. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive. YUP
  35. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk. YUP
  36. Recording a song in a studio. Nope

  37. The Internet

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

  59. Gadgets

  60. Typewriters. YUP
  61. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk? YUP I remember having to use the flash bulb strips
  62. Sending that film away to be processed. YUP
  63. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you. YUP with negatives!
  64. CB radios. YUP I know what they are, never used one.
  65. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away. YUP That can be prevented with the Atlas or road map from #38
  66. Rotary-dial telephones. YUP
  67. Answering machines. YUP still have one.
  68. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart YUP
  69. Pay phones. YUP
  70. Phones with actual bells in them. YUP
  71. Fax machines. Why is this included? They still make these, and people use them.
  72. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them. YUP they still make these.

  73. Everything Else

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

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