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100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About 30

runyonave writes "There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week's 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore's Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks. That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias."


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100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

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  • 87 Swimming pools with diving boards.

    Swimming pools don't have diving boards anymore? When the hell did that happen?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by roc97007 ( 608802 )

      A few years ago. They're considered a liability now.

      The only pool in our area that still has a diving board is a local parks and rec pool, and you can only use it (the board) if you're enrolled in a diving class.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        What the hell is wrong with you yanks? DIVING BOARDS a LIABILITY?? cripes, here in Canada we still have Diving Towers.

        Forget 3 - 4 feet off the water, I know of two places within driving distance of my place where you can dive off a platform 20 feet above the water.

        • by xgr3gx ( 1068984 )

          Damn, do you know how hard it is to do a gainer off the edge of the pool rather than a diving board?

          Looks like I'm going to be whacking the back of my head on the concrete pool edge a lot this summer. That's way softer than a springy diving board.

      • LOL, that sucks. And I was disappointed that the local indoor pool here only has a 3-meter board...

  • 15.3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
    1) 3-D movies used red and blue, not red and gree, glasses. 2) Free 3-D glasses were passed out for this year's superbowl ads. 3) 3-D movies are still being released on DVD. With the obligitory red and blue glasses. Theaters, on the other hand, are now using digital projectors and glasses with horizontally and vertically polarized lenses. (It is not clear to me how the digital projector polarizes the frames in the first place. I suspect it is actually 2 projecto
  • 18. Wires. OK, so theyâ(TM)re not gone yet, but it wonâ(TM)t be long Weren't they saying that about 10 years ago?
    • Oh criminy. I have two VCRs, two DVD players, about a dozen game systems, a laserdisc player, and a stereo/turntable set... all connected together, all connected to my computer, which is packed full of expansion cards, each with their own sets of wires connected to other external devices.

      Needless to say, if I power everything up at the same time, I'll magnetize all of the silverware in the neighborhood, and erase all the magnetic media for a mile.

  • 94. Roller skates, as opposed to blades. There are several skating rinks in Portland (e.g. Roller World and Oaks Park) that still rent traditional skates. Of course these places do have a real retro feel (they even play disco!) But my 8-year old is quite familiar with both inline and old-style skates. Inlines are faster, but most stunts are easier with a wheel in each corner. Inlines work a lot more like ice skates, except that they are more prone to lateral slipping.
    • plus, roller derby is back, and they don't do inline.

      • Yes, Portland has the Rose City Rollers [rosecityrollers.com] too.. but that is not exactly the kind of behavior I want to encourage my daughter to participate in, no matter how retro/cool it is. Has Jim Croce's Roller Derby Queen come back into vogue as well?
  • I don't know about anyone else, but what started out as a joyous exploration of memory lane ended as a true to form forehead resting on palm depression inducing episode. I'm talking 88, 89, and 91-97...just turned me a little misty eyed.
  • Here's my take on why some of these aren't anywhere near obsolete:

    24. Terminals accessing the mainframe.

    It's back, and it's called the World Wide Web.

    28. Counting in kilobytes.

    Sure, the dial-up days are over, but to a web developer trying to make the most of satellite and mobile broadband, every kilobyte still counts.

    30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that itâ(TM)ll load this time.

    Nintendo never recommended that. The official technique in the cleaning kit manual was more like the one described in this guide [pineight.com].

    31. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.

    Xbox 360.

    32. Joysticks.

    Every game console since the Nintendo 64. Street Fighter 4. Tetris the Grand Master.

    33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.

    SSD notebooks.

    37. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.

    Alexa confirms it [alexa.com]: a

    • by Tacvek ( 948259 )

      49. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.

      Is this referring to the fact that more Usenet clients have migrated from uuencode to yEnc?

      It is more likely referring to the fact that binary Usenet is all but dead. Many ISPs no longer provide any Usenet access at all. Further all of the free public Usenet servers do not carry to binary groups. Paying for a subscription to a Usenet server is not worth it. All of the same stuff is available on torrents, or if one insists on passive downloading, one of the many rapidshare style sites.

  • 58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?

    If you think disc is obsolete, try telling that to the owner of a DVD-R camcorder.

    60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.

    Tell that to the users of the one-hour SD-card-to-prints stations in every Walmart and Walgreens store.

    62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.

    Until "more and more phones" include those sold by bargain-basement pay-as-you-go carriers like Virgin and TracFone, it's not a thing of the past just yet.

    66. Pay phones.

    Pay phones are still around; they're just portable and sold by Virgin and TracFone. They're useful for people like me who make most calls from land lines and use a cell pho

    • I thought about moderating your comments, but instead I'll post my analysis of your "analysis":

      For an article that was about things your kids may never know about, that was a heck of a lot of blather about how the article was wrong because you do all this stuff.

      Lucky for you, I didn't need to post two enormous, useless comments just to point this out.

      • For an article that was about things your kids may never know about

        If I were to "summon the stork" tonight, my kids would end up "knowing about" anything that's still around six years later once they started to attend daily indoctrination^W^W school. Granted, some of the things I mentioned (DVD camcorders, phone plans without data, lack of jurisprudence around e-mail, phones without voice dialing, cars without remote entry) are likely to disappear, but I don't see a lot of the others (SD to print kiosks, pay-as-you-go phones, laws against driving with headphones on, toy sa

  • I navigate the old fashioned way - by going to mapquest and printing out my directions manually - and wasting a page to banner ads!

  • They died when the wide carriage inkjet arrived (which meant you could also do A0 posters), but the standard XY pen plotter is no more. I preserved one 4 years ago (Roland A3 flatbed) but I'm going to have to work out where to get the pens now..

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!