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

  1. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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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.
     
  2. Jabba-wocky

    Jabba-wocky Chosen One star 9

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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

    harpua Chosen One star 9

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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

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    Lord Vivec Force Ghost star 8

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    not liking new tech makes me feel superior
     
  7. DarthLowBudget

    DarthLowBudget Jedi Master star 5

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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.
     
  8. Juliet316

    Juliet316 Chosen One star 10

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

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    I feel superior regardless.
     
  10. Juliet316

    Juliet316 Chosen One star 10

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

    lexu Jedi Grand Master star 6

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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

    DarthLowBudget Jedi Master star 5

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

    Lowbacca_1977 Jedi Master star 6

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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.
     
  14. harpua

    harpua Chosen One star 9

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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

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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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

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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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.
     
  18. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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

    solojones Force Ghost star 9

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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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  20. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Giving a girl a mixtape.
     
  21. JoinTheSchwarz

    JoinTheSchwarz JC Head Admin & Community Manager star 8 Staff Member Administrator

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  22. harpua

    harpua Chosen One star 9

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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

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

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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

    harpua Chosen One star 9

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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.