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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:40 pm 
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I'm very familiar with No. 1... but No. 29 should make you laugh.

Actually, many will bring back memories. Remember the days when they were still useful?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:22 am 
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Hmm...

Every time I step into an arcade round here I see video game machines, and they appear to be as popular as ever, begging the question is the UK behind the USA or is Norfolk behind the rest of the UK :lol:

I never got to grips with most of that technology, and already it's passed me by :D

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Ah, nostalgia! It's not what it used to be...

I really do miss number 34 - checking out CDs in the local shop. I honestly can't remember the last time I bought music other than over the internet.

Carbon paper is a sweet memory, too.

Great article.

And Pete - there's a small arcade here in Leighton Buzzard as well, and it's always busy. I've never been in so I couldn't say if it was Space Invaders or PacMan they play in there :D


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Couple of arcades still in my town but they're mostly fruit machines (has that technology seen a downturn in the face of internet poker?) And you can always find huge, synaesthetic video games at motorway service stations

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:58 pm 
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24. Typing on an old-school word processor
Status: Deceased


Not true, actually. I'm currently using a particularly "primitive" one. No font choice, no bold or italic, and just 4 lines of 40 character monospaced text.

On the plus side, 700 hours of life on 3AA batteries, less than a second from switch-on to typing, virtually indestructable, and a fraction of the weight of a laptop. Stores about 45,000 words. USB link to PC for text transfer. Better keyboard than a netbook, and half the price.

Useless for editing (screen too small) but great for taking notes and first-drafting.

And I'm not the only one:
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Dave Mathew wrote:
Carbon paper is a sweet memory, too.

A nostalgic thing for me is the smell of those old crank-handle spirit duplicators, killed off by photocopiers around the 1980s. My Dad was a teacher and union secretary, so when I was a kid in the 1970s he always had one of these beasts kicking round. I recall using one to produce handbills for our "Hell's Devils" cycling display (which was in fact me, my brother and a few mates doing naff bike stunts with plank-and-brick ramps etc.).

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You people are causing me serious problems. I'm ill with nostalgia and my fond memories of the arcade near the beach side of Rockaways Playland are now almost hallucinatory. The place was on the once-great Rockaway Penninsula. I lived on its eastmost part, Far Rockaway. If anyone is interested, that's where my SF and Astronautics education began. For a bit of self-advertising SF nostalgia, see this. For Rockaways Playland, see this.The library shown in the first "This" was wonderful. I went there almost every weekday after highschool and became an avid reader of SF. Thanks to Skip Weinstock and Carol Marston for maintaining this fine site.


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Mike A wrote:
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24. Typing on an old-school word processor
Status: Deceased


Not true, actually. I'm currently using a particularly "primitive" one. No font choice, no bold or italic, and just 4 lines of 40 character monospaced text.


I’m very surprised about the Polaroid falling into extinction. I’d think it still has its uses in places such as law enforcement or detective work, or where on-the-spot photographs without the uploading/downloading/editing is required.

Mike A., speaking of Word Processors, I don’t know if they carried them in the UK or Europe, but places like Crazy Eddies and The Wiz used to carry them in the 90’s here in The States (both electronic chains no longer exist). These word processors followed the dot matrix, I believe. Before Microsoft Word 97-98, when I snail-mailed, I used to have a BROTHER Word Processor --- they were also famous for their electronic typewriters --- and it came with a black and white monitor and printer. A little bit above the dot matrix in terms of capability, of course. At that time, they were BIG. They cost like $200.00 That’s what I had started writing on. Alignment and word processing features were limited, and you could choose from only 5 FONTS --- Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Tahoma, and either Verdana or Helvetica (I forget the fifth). Nowadays, with computers, you have hundreds upon hundreds of fonts.

Oh, and the BROTHER Word Processor (later models) even had a slot where you could back up your work on these slim, easily bendable floppy disks. Forgot what they were called (the disks). They weren’t the 1.5 or Imation ones. Oh, those were the days!

Nowadays I back up my work on Flash Drives smaller than the size of my pinky finger.

ADDED: And as for arcades, and games like Street Fighter 1 and 2, or Shinobi, Spy Hunter and Out Run, you had Times Square and The Broadway Arcade.

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The flexible discs were probably 5.25 inch floppies. If they were double density they held 360K. My pinky-sized USB stick I have these days holds 8GB - that's about 24,000 times the storage!

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