JCC Things you miss about old, obsolete technologies.

Discussion in 'Community' started by Darth Guy, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Fast-forwarding and rewinding on VHS, where you could see every frame. The digital equivalent "fast-forwards" or "reverses" by skipping frames, so it's more difficult to stop at the right spot. Chapters on DVD's and Blu-rays do not fully mitigate this problem. It's especially awful with any streaming video like Netflix which has to buffer every time.
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  2. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    I do not like video cameras. People aren't supposed to see what they look like. And they are far inferior to the human eye, anyway. I would destroy them, if I could.
  3. harpua Chosen One

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    I kind of miss actual polaroid pictures. The digital equivalents and instagram are kind of lame in comparison.
  4. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Instagram is lame for making digital photos look crappier. :p
  5. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    I sometimes miss only being contactable via landline in the house.
  6. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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    not liking new tech makes me feel superior
  7. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    The tactile sensation of writing on a typewriter. The peace of mind that comes with only having a landline. Etc, etc, etc.

    @Lord Vivec: I don't feel superior, in fact I feel quite out of place.
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  8. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    I miss cassette tapes for similar reasons @Darth Guy misses VHS.
  9. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    I feel superior regardless.
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  10. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    There were still typewriters as late as the late 90's:p
  11. lexu Force Ghost

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    So many old technologies were so much more tactile. The clicking and spring-action of a rotary dial. The mechanical shutter sound in old 35mm cameras. The robust texture of vinyl and the practice of removing it from the sleeve and putting the needle in the groove. Now we interact with smooth, flat screens for everything, and those devices are amazing, but I guess it feels a little less satisfying in some ways.
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  12. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    I still have three. But I rarely have call to use them anymore.
  13. Lowbacca_1977 Force Ghost

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    Buttons. I like not having to look at a screen to interact with something and having a tactile feedback. Mp3 players are a big one on this.

    Which leads also to ownership. I like that when I buy something, I own it. Not just licensing access temporarily.
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  14. harpua Chosen One

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    Meh... I never enjoyed using a typewriter... too damn loud, and correction was a pain in the ass.
  15. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Vinyl also sounds better. My hipster ass plays them sometimes.
  16. Ghost Chosen One

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    The Rhode Island state government still requires some of its employees to use them




    But yeah, I miss movies coming out on video tapes too. I actually still have a VCR in my room, to play the huge collection of tapes I still have. I don't think my DVD collection will ever surpass my tape collection.
  17. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    o_O God, what a nightmare.
    Okay, I think you misunderstand. Overall I think DVD and Blu-ray are vastly superior to VHS, and I've long been rid of my tapes and I no longer own a VCR. I was just talking about one thing I don't think has improved with home video.
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  18. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Being able to make a soft drink can tear-tab crocodile.
  19. solojones Chosen One

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    I miss recording things on VHS. I did it all the time, often setting the timer and all that. Because unlike a dvr, you could keep it and take it to someone else's house, etc. I had a DVD recorder too but they never really worked out that well.
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  22. harpua Chosen One

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    Yes.... well making anybody a mix tape.

    I mean, you can burn mix cds, but it's not the same.
  23. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    If by 'burning a mix CD' you mean sharing a playlist, then yes.
  24. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    I kinda miss being my dad's remote for the tv.
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  25. harpua Chosen One

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    I've gone through my library and made playlists specifically to make into a mix cd for somebody... again, like I said, not the same. The actual act of making mix tapes was the fun of it... finding the songs on tapes and dubbing it. It took a good while, and was a satisfying project. I still have a dual cassette player in a closet. I should make mix tapes to give to people for Christmas. Dunno if blank cassettes are still available, though.