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Started by greencalx, May 22, 2022, 05:02:27 PM
Quote from: JaDanketies on May 22, 2022, 07:28:15 PMMy house has loads of expensive obsolete technology in it, actually. There's this big electric unit in a cupboard and all these speakers in the ceilings
Quote from: JesusAndYourBush on May 22, 2022, 07:57:42 PMWhen my parents bought the house in the 60s there were speakers in several rooms because the previous owner wanted to be able to have music in every room. When I was a kid there was still one remaining speaker in the kitchen (not wired up) and I think maybe one in the airing cupboard in the bathroom. I imagine it never worked too well, the speakers were crappy and with the length of wire needed they'd probably have been a bit quiet.
Quote from: Jasha on May 22, 2022, 08:14:52 PMUntil recently work was still using as400
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 22, 2022, 05:47:56 PMMy uncle also used to have one for when he was on-call with cave rescue but I imagine they use phones/message groups these days.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 22, 2022, 05:47:56 PMEven the emergency services seem to be trying to utilise mobile data for delivery of a tetra replacement but I think they have problems with forward truncation when using push-to-talk which could have life or death implications
Quote from: PlanktonSideburns on May 22, 2022, 09:51:06 PMThere's a 2 branch builders merchant in South Wales that does all of its stock and receipts on bbc micros Dot matrix printers to o
Quote from: greencalx on May 22, 2022, 05:02:27 PMI tried to explain to the child the concept of the fax machine – about the best I could come up with was the two halves of a photocopier being connected by a phone line - and struggled to remember the last time I had to use one. It fell into that space of devices that I would use sufficiently rarely that I would have forgotten how it worked in between times. Each send was accompanied by a nagging doubt that I'd put the paper in the wrong way up, and the recipient would just get a set of blank sheets. Fax machines seemed to be loved by lawyers, but almost no-one else; although I think even they are now ok with emails.Anyway, I'm now being pestered to come up with other examples of redundant technology. I guess the classic examples are data storage formats like floppy disks, MiniDisks, arguably CDs/DVDs in the streaming era (although I maintain they have their uses), but they're kind of dull and lack the charming mystique of the fax. Any thoughts?
Quote from: bgmnts on May 22, 2022, 11:48:17 PMDoes the system work?
Quote from: pigamus on May 23, 2022, 03:31:39 AMDon't all the components burn out in something as old as a BBC Micro?
Quote from: PlanktonSideburns on May 23, 2022, 07:42:11 AMGood question, how in fuck are they still at it
Quote from: pigamus on May 23, 2022, 07:54:22 AMDon't people still have cable telly?
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 23, 2022, 08:24:48 AMI bet not many of you remember the telex. They became redundant when these newfangled fax machines came along in the early 80s.
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