Sunday, July 24, 2011

Outdated Technology Check

Which of the following do you still own?

1) phonograph turntable
2) phonograph turntable capable of playing 78s
3) 8 track player
4) cassette player
5) 5 1/4 floppy drive
6) 3 1/2 floppy drive
7) a car with a carburetor
8) a non-cable-ready TV
9) a dial phone
10) a corded phone
11) a winding wristwatch
12) a manual typewriter

Also, feel free to add to the list of archaic technology. I feel like I'm missing a few obvious ones.

For the record, I have 2, 4, 6 - and 11 in the sense that I own an antique clock that needs winding. I just really like the chime on it.


  1. #1 Nope

    #2 Nope

    #3 Nope

    #4 is built into the car that pissed me off in yesterday's blog post

    #5 is an external drive that has been missing the power supply since the early '90s but still resides in my closet.

    #6 For some reason I took one out of a PC that died and put it in my current machine even though I haven't actually used it in years.

    #7 I wish

    #8 Nope

    #9 Nope

    #10 Yep. My only land-line phone at the house is a fairly high-end laser fax machine with a corded handset.

    #11 Yeah, but it is just a childhood momento.

    #12 Nope.

    Fountain pen? VCR? Dot-matrix printer? Hand-operated can opener?

  2. 1) plus a box of phonographic discs

    4) two of them, but one is in my old truck and one is in my old, waiting to be restored car and neither of them works

    6) have a friend who until recently used a digital camera which saved pictures on a 3 1/2 floppy. Since I am the webmaster, it behooved me to have a drive

    7) Doesn't run, waiting restoration (See 4).

    11) Two cuckoo clocks and my grandfathers pocket watch

    13) You forgot a camera that takes film. I have a really nice, very expensive one that hasn't been out of the case in five years.

    14) VCR or is that still acceptable technology?

    Back in my day, blah, blah, blah.

  3. 2, 9 and 11. 11 being the totally useless even when it was issued by the USAF watch.

  4. Oh, hey, who uses fax machines anymore? Talk about archaic. Scan and email is the way to go. No stupid paper rolls, no paper copy at all unless you really, really want to print it out.

    15) Fax machine :)

  5. 1, 2, 4, 6*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 12

    * indicates that my parents have it, but since I live with them it counts.

    Also, vinyl records are coming back

  6. Everytime i read phonographic i skip the "h" and add an "r" I am sure you can figure out where the keeps popping up.

  7. In my defense, we need a corded phone for hurricane season. Oh, wait. That was before voIP. Darn.


    Garage sale, anyone?

  8. Corded phone. For hurricane season and power outages. Like Sunday's. One must be prepared to annoy the utility's outage recording.

    I also have actual 78 LPs.

    We have so many computer carcasses around here . . .

    Transistor radio. Walkman. Car with a crank-down window.

  9. 1, 2, 4, 5 (3, not installed), 6 (several not installed, 2 USB 3.5" drives), 9, 10, 11 (pocket watch, no less), 12 (my grandfather's; strictly a memento)