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Postby Fun Doh Mental on Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:33 am

A slide rule. Do you know how to use it?

The old Friden calculators with more than a 10 x 10 grid of buttons. If you divided by 0, and left the room, it would fry itself.

Programming in Fortran with punch cards. What would the clue be if you had a programming error? (the dreadful pause by the reader).

A real dial phone. My 12 year old didn't know how to make a call.
A payphone with a dial.
A phone booth.
A record player with a record playing.
An 8 track player.

What can you add for the youngsters?
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Re: Add to "have you ever seen.....? Past year 1950.

Postby Zankou 2.0 on Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:54 am

Fun Doh Mental wrote:A slide rule. Do you know how to use it?

The old Friden calculators with more than a 10 x 10 grid of buttons. If you divided by 0, and left the room, it would fry itself.

Programming in Fortran with punch cards. What would the clue be if you had a programming error? (the dreadful pause by the reader).

A real dial phone. My 12 year old didn't know how to make a call.
A payphone with a dial.
A phone booth.
A record player with a record playing.
An 8 track player.

What can you add for the youngsters?


No, no, no, yes, no, I'm almost certain I have(I've seen briish phonebooths on tv, but I think I've seen on in real life, too), almost certain I have(if not I have seen both components tgethr at the same time, I just wasn't allowed to play them), yes.
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Postby farfalla on Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:57 am

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Re: Add to "have you ever seen.....? Past year 1950.

Postby St John the Blasphemist on Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:11 am

Fun Doh Mental wrote:A payphone with a dial.

A payphone without a dial, where you had to tell the operator what number you wanted & as soon as you got connected you had to press the A button (the B button gave you your money back if they weren't home).

A pocket calculator that had no chance of fitting in your pocket.

An LED digital watch (unreadable in sunlight).

And something for the youngsters:

Lead-based crayons!!
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Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:21 am

A single reflex camera ,

Stamps and envelopes
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Postby Fun Doh Mental on Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:35 am

TV's where you had to get up and change the channel.
The earlier ones without UHF - Only 2 to 12 or was it 13?

Polaroid pictures...Only in black and white.

Slightly off topic. Older buildings lack a 13th floor. I've seen
floor 13 in the newer ones. Have you seen 13 missing from
elevators in new buildings?

G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, CT had glass elevator doors from top to bottom. When the elevator was at the basement, you could look down 7 stories. It would churn your stomach. The glass had safety wire in it.

I just remembered....they had actual elevator operators who would crank it "up" full throttle and stop it fast at your floor. I'm sure we were weightless at that point.
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Postby St John the Blasphemist on Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:13 pm

Fun Doh Mental wrote:TV's where you had to get up and change the channel.
The earlier ones without UHF - Only 2 to 12 or was it 13?

The rotary ones had channels 0-12, 14 channels in all (including, for some reason, channel 5A). And that ring around the dial that you could turn for some reason actually had a purpose. If you pushed it in & turned it, it would fine tune the channel.

Oh & the later rotary channel selector ones also had a channel U. The other dial below it selected channels 13 upwards (even though no UHF channels existed back then).

Fun Doh Mental wrote:Slightly off topic. Older buildings lack a 13th floor. I've seen
floor 13 in the newer ones. Have you seen 13 missing from
elevators in new buildings?

They've stopped doing that cos of multiculturalism. They'd have to get rid of level 4 too just to please the Japanese & Chinese (the word/symbol shi means death as well as four), along with all the other numbers deemed as unlucky by whatever culture.

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Postby black bart on Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:12 pm

Cadbury's chocolate in a foil wrapper and a seperate paper wrapper.
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Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:28 pm

Candy that costs a penny for two pieces (or even one piece ).
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Postby Gorilla The Hun on Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:09 am

Shave and a haircut...two bits
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Re: Add to "have you ever seen.....? Past year 1950.

Postby boghog on Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:29 am

Fun Doh Mental wrote:Programming in Fortran with punch cards. What would the clue be if you had a programming error? (the dreadful pause by the reader).


My parents told me about their computing courses at university where they wouldn't even get that: you'd go up to the window with your box of punchcards, hand them to the technician, and come back an hour or two later to pick up your printout and cards. If you were a lowly undergrad programmer, you didn't even get to be in the same room as the computer (though you could see it, because the university had a viewing gallery above the static- and climate-controlled computer room where you could "ooh" and "aah" at the marvel of modern technology that would fit into a single room).
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Postby Capellini on Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:49 am

Who remembers being able to dial your own number, hang up really fast, and have your phone ring?
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Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:35 am

Oh the good ole daze of me youth .
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Postby St John the Blasphemist on Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:56 am

Capellini wrote:Who remembers being able to dial your own number, hang up really fast, and have your phone ring?

Australian phones had a special number (119 I think) you could dial to make the phone ring. We used to go to the public phones at the post office & make all 10 of them ring at once (free call), until someone yelled out the window telling us to shut the f*ck up! You can't do it anymore.

Oh, and another one for the kiddies:

Chocolate/Candy Cigarettes!!

The candy ones were called Fags - another reason they stopped making them methinks.

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Postby pieces o'nine on Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:40 am

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