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Technology - weird ninties devices that look kind of familiar [and I used them]

Technology - weird ninties devices that look kind of familiar [and I used them]

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Has anyone other than me ever used a floppy disk digital camera?

[yes, the "removable media" is 3.5in and typically blue]

I also had a parallel port cable mp3 player. It played sixteen songs at a time if you conpressed them enough.

[Those (pre-usb) printer cables with big rectangular ends; it took one of those and was expandable to 32meg if you had somebody to deconstruct it and insert an extra 16meg ram card]

[like half of those long finger-shaped green ram cards inside a pc: the thing was big and expensive and it is still somewhere in my room. It was a 17/18th birthday present. I didn't own any many cds and they were hell to upload them to the computer and then get them into .wav files]

I had a "notebook" style mobile "lap top computer" before there was a name for them.

[I inherited it from my brother and used it to type my essays at college before making a mad dash (with floppy disk in hand) to the printer room to get them in on time. Everything I wrote went straight onto floppy disk - with win95 and word on it, there wasn't that much room left]

[Dosk has dyspraxia and can't write clearly for any appreciable length of time. After years of pestering 'they' got him a laptop. Which got stolen. My dad bought this as a stop-gap and I don't think you would have had much change from £800]



Some of this is actually relevent to the whole Booked for Murder plot (crica 1998). It's easy to forget that we didn't have the almost instant access to information and you would need Turnbull to spend about a morning or more to build a profile/biography of a person. He would use telephones, personal contacts, fax machines*, emails and a remote-connection to the RCMP databases.

I forgot dial-up modems and what you can do with one, besides make your ears bleed and your wallet bleed a lot more. If you ever want a reminder of early websites, I heartily recommend archive.org. Also, there were no search engines that really worked. They were virtually the same as web directories but bigger and (supposedly) searchable. You really don't want to listen to me explain the technology.


*do you remember those computer programmes that enabled you to turn your computer into a fax machine? All you need is an accoustic coupler or a dial up modem.
  • Yep, I had the floppy disk camera, sony was the manufacturer, I don't recall the model, and the small mp3 player with a serial connection...I don't remember much about it.
    • I borrowed mine off an uncle for a college paper about napoleonic-era defenses in my area with a particular interest in 'upgrades' installed at my local castle. [as I grew up, I didn't think there was anything strange about having a castle... or more to the point, I never considered that towns didn't normally have castles]

      We got into parts the tourists couldn't reach and I did some french-attackers-eye views of various features, like conveniently open doors (some old biddy left the door when she put out the clothes... that lever-opening mechanism wasn't there five minutes ago!) and split level moats (now we run around the corner and... that wall wasn't there five minutes ago...) and convenient land features (if we run along this side of the slope then we can then... that canon wasn't there five minutes ago... boom!).
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