Friday, July 24, 2009

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

There's an elegiac little list with this title over at experiences, generally technological, that you may have had but your children haven't and won't. I remember far too much of it.

So, I will just mention the things on the list that I never experienced either:
  • Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds
  • 8-track cartridges
  • Betamax tapes
  • MiniDisc
  • Laserdisc
  • Shortwave radio
  • Using jumpers to set IRQs [not even sure what this means]
  • Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it
  • Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID
  • Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time
  • Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load
  • CB radios
A lot of these I was aware of, just didn't have. Anything computational completely passed me by. When I think of all those times I lamented my thrifty, technosceptic parents ... maybe they didn't do me such a disservice.

Even so, that's 12 items out of 100. My time may be passing.

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