30 thoughts on “CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY 1984

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Damn. He’s dialing up the internet on a rotary phone!

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    You have got to be kidding me! That coupling of the phone receiver and the gizmo is magical!

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Ok so who has worked out his 10 digit account number

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Let’s see what we have for messages from London…

         `Never gonna give you up.`

    Well, that’s encouraging.

         `Never gonna let you down.`

    This might be a personal message. Oh wait, there’s more.

         `Never gonna run around and hurt you.`

    That is certainly nice.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    It connected quicker than I remember it taking to connect in the 90s (joke)

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    “This device called a mo-dem”

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    That’s the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100. I did some writing on one of those in the ancient past, when working for magazines. I occasionally used a more primitive acoustic coupler than this one, which you attached to a phone, and if you were lucky, it might work long enough for you to pick up a few messages.

    Radio Shack had its own operating system, which was a bit of a problem, and the reason I switched to a non-portable IBM with two 5 1/4 inch floppy disks.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Near the beginning of *Wargames* (1983) Broderick’s character dials into WOPR like this. Awesome.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Is this the Singularity?

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Amazing to see how far we have come

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    He can look at a file. Amazing

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    tony bastable

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Well, at least it wasn’t steam powered

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    That phone call cost as much as a new MacBook Air

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    TIL I still type like Tony Bastaple did in 1984.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    That kind of modem was the first one I used in the 90s but we had a touchtone phone and it was a little smaller

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I have that machine in my attic somewhere.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Hello, London? I need to update my address book!

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Was this common for people to do cause I’ve never seen this type of modem before

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Please…in 40 years we will look back on current technologies with the same perspective. I think our obsession with smart phones will take center stage.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I posted this last week on another Sub but I feel it’s better suited ro this Sub

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Worlds biggest airplane calculator

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I can remember saving programs (BASIC) on a cassette tape, using a shoebox tape recorder hooked up to the Texas Instruments computer.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I still have a TRS 80 in the original leather case with manuals 🤣

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I am now telling the computer exactly what he can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    I used a coupler only around 10 years ago at the local grocery store to send our orders through.

    We’d just dial a number and press a button to start the gibberish.

    That technology lasted quite a while, then.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Rotary!

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Funny thing is we could work out his number if we wanted to. Shows exactly the keys he’s hitting.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Great ending line for all of us here in the future:
    “I could send a message…if I happen to think of something to say.” We sure could. Huh.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    This dude might still be alive. It’d be cool if he gave an update on the “convergence of computers and telecommunications” 🙂

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