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100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

July 23, 2009
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phoneWired.com posted a list of 100 things your kids may never know about.  Depending on your age, you may or may not be familiar with many of the items on the list.  The items are mostly technology related: Audio-Visual Equipment, Internet, and Gadgets.

I’ve gone ahead and abstracted from the list my favorites and added a few that were missing.  You can see the entire list here: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-things-your-kids-may-never-know-about/

Audio-Visual Entertainment

  • VHS tapes and VCRs
  • Slides and projectors
  • Super-8 movies – and Scotch taping them when they broke
  • Playing one tape over and over on a Walkman

Computers and Videogaming

  • The scream of a dial up modem connecting
  • The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
  • 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
  • DOS
  • Punch cards to program a computer

The Internet

  • Needing a bookcase to hold the encyclopedia – including yearly update volumes
  • Using a road atlas to get from A to B
  • Doing bank business only when the bank is open and handing your savings passbook to the teller
  • Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday

Gadgets

  • Typewriters and the black and red striped ribbons
  • CB radios
  • Getting lost without GPS
  • Rotary-dial telephones
  • Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart

And some of my own favorites – some are not technology related:

  • Vent windows on cars
  • Drinking from garden hoses or water fountains instead of buying small bottles of water
  • The end to the TV program day with the national anthem and flag waving – followed by the test pattern
  • Everyone listening to the same song in the car – no personal audio or tv devices
  • Waiting for the TV guide Fall Season edition to learn about all the new shows
  • Saturday morning cartoons which were completely non-educational – except for School House Rock
  • Speaking to a long distance operator to place a call
  • McDonald’s french fries cooked in lard
  • Film strip projects with a record playing simultaneously to provide the sound track – with a “BING” to let you know when to advance the film
  • Seven  TV channels (NY City 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13)
  • The smell of mimeographs
  • Carbon paper
  • Pay phone booths with doors that closed
  • 2 slices of pizza and a soda for $1.00
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