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Old technology you have to explain to kids

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spikechiquet, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Explaining why a shutter-sound is made on your phone (young kids have never seen a film camera)

    That noise that computers made to get online

    Corded phones

    I've heard schools don't have chalkboards anymore...just dry erase or computer projection.

    Explaining why we "rewind" a digital TV show that was "taped" on your DVR. (and for an aside...remember "VHS rewinder" machines? Don't forget: "Be Kind. Rewind.")

    Any others have stories about explaining stuff to kids.
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    My boys laughed their butts off about how cool it was to ride in a truck with windows that opened when you cranked the handle.

    Also I've been asked what the heck I mean when I say I taped a show.
  3. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    How and why you had to thread a movie projector.
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I was reading in The New York Times Magazine[/Dick Whitman] about the history hybrid cars[/Lugnuts] and how they jolt just a little when you hit the gas while stopped. Apparently, there's no reason for them to do that. It's all part of integrating new technology and user expectation. The same is true for phones making that shutter-snap sound while taking a photo.
  5. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

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  6. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Kids don't understand why Pong was cool.
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I read an article in the last few years about the phenomena about the record scratch sound. Post CD kids know the sound means something didn't go the way it is supposed to, but they don't understand how it originated.
  8. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    My mom kept her phone with a rotary dial until a few years ago. My nieces got a huge kick out of that
  9. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Local columnist wrote about an until recently functional rotary phone at an old-time theater in his town.

    He said it was fascinating watching kids try to use it, and not know when to remove their fingers.
  10. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Bet you never stacked pennies on a tonearm, young man.
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  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Moddy once told me to put away my sliderule.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Never throw away your cell phones or smart phones. They are tomorrow's antiques.

    Try explaining to people why going to the bank on Friday used to be so important.
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