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Started by greencalx, May 22, 2022, 05:02:27 PM
QuoteIf you think you can find an image more 1980s than Doug E. Fresh rapping into a microphone while a someone runs a vinyl turntable and there's an IBM PC in the shot as well, I tip my Kangol hat off to you
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 25, 2022, 09:26:54 PMAfter the Snowden leaks the Kremlin reverted to typewriters as they're not networkable.
Quote from: buzby on May 25, 2022, 02:32:11 PMA Wang System 2200 WCS minicomputer. It has 2 8" floppy disk drives (which were quite common in the era it was made) a hard disk and a tape drive. It had 4k to 32k of RAM and 4k of ROM, with an additional 16k ROM for Wang BASIC. They cost $7500 for the basic version in 1974. A later version was called the 2200 PCS (Personal COmputer System), and had been shrunk down to fit into the terminal case. Part of that involved the creation of the 5 1/4" floppy disk format, which was created by Shugart at Wang's request so they could fit the floppy drives inside the case.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 25, 2022, 09:26:54 PMAfter the Snowden leaks the Kremlin reverted to typewriters as they're not networkable.Tangentially related in the height of the Cold War one of the only Americans that could get in and out of the Russian embassy unhindered was a Xerox engineer, so the CIA recruited him to fit a modified 8mm cine camera inside that could photograph the sheets being copied.https://electricalstrategies.com/about/in-the-news/spies-in-the-xerox-machine/I kind of wouldn't mind pissing about with an 8mm camera tbh. I got a development tank for 35mm off a relative a while back and have a Minolta X300 kicking around but so far have done nothing with it.Edit: jesus 8mm tanks cost a bomb.
Quote from: famethrowa on May 25, 2022, 03:49:53 PMMy mother's accounting office in the early 80s had a big computer made by DIGITAL, with a CPU the size of a chest freezer that took 8" disks. No-one in the office knew what to do with the damn thing, so I was able to fiddle with it plenty, and the company had even included a disk of games! Total text things, there was a bomber game where you would put in how many bombs you wanted to drop on North Africa, and a psychiatrist game where you could talk random nonsense to the computer (something I'm still doing to this very day). I still remember the feeling of sliding the disk in and clicking the lever shut.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 25, 2022, 11:10:59 PMJason Scott of the Internet Archive has just posted some pics of Dougie Fresh in the studio from a tape he's just digitised.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 26, 2022, 09:30:05 AMI don't think it's remarkable but I guess from the stills he's trying to highlight that he's relying on a dj to scratch in, or loop live rather than relying on samplers? I guess that prevailed for a while though.
Quote from: Blumf on May 26, 2022, 01:16:33 AMA "pen scanner", which you could roll over text and it would read it and then beam it, over IRDA, to whatever device/PC you wanted.Really fancy tech for the turn of the century, pretty decent OCR, and had quite a usable interface for editing the text before beaming. Paired up nicely with a Palm Pilot. Could see it being useful if you wanted to pull quotes from a book often.Anyway, turns out that kind of thing still exists today, but with Bluetooth instead of IRDA (example), so maybe not redundant. Never mind!
Quote from: Huxleys Babkins on May 26, 2022, 09:34:26 AMCan't see them lasting too much longer now that most new phones can OCR text in photos.
Quote from: Ron Maels Moustache on May 26, 2022, 08:22:25 AMI inherited a lovely old Keystone wind-up 8mm camera similar to the one above recently, but likewise I've not used it due to the eye-watering cost of modern 8mm film. I came to realise it requires you to both know what you're doing and to invest a lot of money into a pretty niche hobby.
Quote from: pigamus on May 26, 2022, 10:02:18 AMSo how much we talking for a roll of film, out of interest?
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 26, 2022, 11:52:13 AM1 minute and 50 seconds at 24 fps apparently. It's why you often see home movie footage that's just a few seconds of someone smiling or moving around and then straight onto the next scene. A friend of a friend was playing around with one at a festival a few years ago and he said he generally tended to try and keep scenes around 3-5 seconds to pack variety in.https://www.scenesavers.com/content/show/film-footage-calculatorWhen talking about slitters I think I forgot a lot of 8mm cameras can take "double 8mm" as you can flip it round and use the reverse, so you actually get 3 minutes and 40 seconds, then they split it in the lab so you can project it.
Quote from: Ron Maels Moustache on May 26, 2022, 10:18:07 AMThe cheapest is around £16 for a reel of 33ft b/w, that seems to be the most commonly available kind. For longer reels and/or colour film we're talking upwards of around £40-50 a pop, and colour in particular seems to be quite scarce at the moment. Analogue Wonderland only seem to have one brand of b/w in stock and everything else sold out, other sites I've looked at are the same.https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/collections/types?q=8mm%20Movie%20FilmI've also read contradictory information about buying old Kodachrome stock second-hand, as some sites claim it's worthless as it can no longer be processed, whereas some development services say they will process it, so who knows quite honestly.
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 24, 2022, 02:12:01 PMWhen I started at the council in the mid-nineties, all the officers were given film cameras to take out on site. We'd have to take the film to Boot's to be developed and would collect the pics the next day. However, if we wanted evidence straight away we had a high-tech instant camera. It was white, the size of a shoe box, had moulded handles on each side and looked like something Jacques Cousteau would use to tow himself through the ocean. It shone two red lights on the target and when the dots merged it was in focus, i.e. it produced damp, muddy photos with a green tinge, for about a quid a pop.
Quote from: Jasha on May 26, 2022, 07:59:55 PMConverts printed text to audio, yours for 2 grand
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