The start of a new school reminds me to reflect upon experiences as a youngster. This year the kindergarten class is the class of 2022! There are many things these students will not get to experience because they are no longer in existence. From Wired magazine, here is a partial list of 100 things. The rest can be found at their website article: 100 Things You Kids May Never Know, by Nathan Barry, July 22, 2009 Issue.
- “Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
- Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
- Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.
- The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
- Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
- Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
- Counting in kilobytes.
- Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
- Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
- Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
- Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
- Remembering someone’s phone number.
- Not knowing who was calling you on the phone” or even a party line!
If anything, the entire list will give you a chuckle.