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Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 07, 2015, 08:12:
 
As someone who remembers the days when computers actually had whirring reel-to-reel tape drives (hell, I remember when the O/S for our new computer was delivered in several suitcases full of punched cards) I wonder how much longer a bank of whirring reel-to-reel tape drives will signify 'computer' in movies and comics.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 07, 2015, 08:18:
 
TFD You are a relic, Fortran, Cobol, are distant memories 9999.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on October 07, 2015, 10:55:
 
Reel to reel is back! [Big Grin]

http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/5/9409563/reel-to-reel-tape-retro-audio-trend
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 07, 2015, 20:46:
 
Back in the Mid sixties at Mich. Tech. one of the campus radio stations had Four (4) Ampex 401 tape decks with the adapters for 14" reels.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 07, 2015, 21:32:
 
Yeah, reel-to-reel audio does have that Pulp Fiction cool-factor.
Back in the day, I really, really wanted one, (attached to a Tube amp of course, Tubes Rock!) but by the time I could afford one they were kind of last decades technology, and I'd met Mrs Druid, so I no longer had control of my own finances...


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Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on October 08, 2015, 10:05:
 
I am holding out for Edison Wax Cylinders.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 08, 2015, 14:05:
 
Physic class at MSU Guest lecturer from audiology and sound. "Buy the best sound system you can finance now, because when you can afford it, you will not be able to notice how good it sounds."

I have a boat load of CDs not because they were better but because that was what music was sold on.

When you are through ripping a mp3 there is no music left just the math average, of what you started with.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 08, 2015, 19:11:
 
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Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Physic class at MSU Guest lecturer from audiology and sound. "Buy the best sound system you can finance now, because when you can afford it, you will not be able to notice how good it sounds."

Sound advice.

I used to have freakishly good hearing, in high school I could hear the sonar clicks of the bats flying at night, when none of my schoolfriends could.

Now, the druidlings have one of those "only kids can hear" ringtones on their phones, (so they can text in class undetected) and it's totally silent to me.

I fear an expensive sound system would be wasted on me these days.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 08, 2015, 19:58:
 
TFD, I can still hear a helicopter several miles away, I also can hear the sweep circuits on the TV only when the station is low density not full HD, I think that is from listening for weak signals on my radios. There are probably parts of a symphony that I would miss.
 
Posted by Shooshie (Member # 2205) on October 24, 2015, 05:42:
 
Heck, I can hear a foghorn from 100 feet!
This is good, because I'm an audio engineer, as well as a musician.

I watched Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again a few nights ago, and it was almost painful seeing how technologically proud the movie was, while I was sitting there going "hmmm... coin operated video game consoles, joysticks, green text monitors, and boxy cars... must be 1982. It was 1983. The Mac was still in its gestation period. Floppies were still floppy. (as were Bond's favorite boobs of the day)

Nothing dates a film like technology!

Shoosh
 


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