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.
I jumped to the bottom of the list, where he disclosed that he had (or had had) eleven of the 21 technologies named. I probably had nine or ten, I thought, and then started from the beginning. I will borrow his formatting: boldface for things I currently have, and italics for things I once had but have since disposed of.
- Floppy disk (5.25″ and 3.5″, and a drive for each)
- Sony Walkman (two, one which plays tapes and one which no longer plays MP3s)
- Rotary phone (and the little dial insert noting that it was a PErshing 2 number)
- Typewriter (electronic, with spellcheck and everything, but it’s still a typewriter
- Stand alone camera (a little Minolta 35mm point-and-shoot)
- Atari 2600
- Nintendo Game Boy
- Betamax (not an actual Sony, but using Sony’s tape format)
- VHS tapes (oddly, my VHS machine is a Sony)
- Cathode Ray Tube Monitor (in the closet for now, but it was working when it was put there)
- Slide projector
- Game cartridges (some for the Mattel Intellivison, a few for the Commodore 64)
- Walkie talkies
- Polaroid instant camera
- Answering machine (on my third now)
- Sony MiniDisc Player
- Camcorder (little tiny thing with just enough resolution; I don’t remember when I last saw it)
- Edison Gold and Stock Ticker
- Fax machine (seldom used, but still works)
- BBC Micro
Ten of ’em still on hand. (I also still have some 1980s-vintage video tape, new old stock.)