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Music on vinyl records, mobile phones the size of house bricks and pornography printed on paper. What hideously out of date stuff do you still use?

Thanks to boozehound for the suggestion

(, Thu 4 Nov 2010, 12:44)
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Does anyone here still answer their phones with their phone number?
Despite having all these mod cons like caller ID, My grandparents still do it. Its funny :)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 11:47, 4 replies)
I use a very old phone
I take a moral highground, telling people that I dont need any other functions and to buy a new one would be to become a slave to corporate blah blah etc.
Infact im just a stingy bastard.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 11:46, Reply)
Virgin trains
No, not that the Pendolino is redundant. Well, not quite.

I was on the train the other day, and they announced that the shop was now open - and that they couldn't accept plastic, but would happily accept cheques. I thought it was only superluminal velocities that allowed you to travel backwards in time.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 10:30, 1 reply)
In the future....
In the future we should do a repeat on this QOTW. It would be interesting to see people still hanging onto their aging iPhone 4Gs. Crap old 3D HDTVs that dont even do total imersion. Stories about our Grans still tottering about on Windows 7? I cannot wait :)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 7:47, 6 replies)
Not me but my dentist
She, a very professional, blond (and attractive) woman in her 30s, uses handwritten journals. Non searchable hand written journals in blue ink on paper, written in her ,for others, non-readable handwriting.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 7:03, 4 replies)
I confess, I love these things.
1. I have my aunt's iron she got as a wedding present in the early 40's-it's perfect.

2. I use a British cookbook from the '70's. The 1870's. Some of them are weird (jellied eels-yuck) some of them are funny (spotted dick) and some of them are delish-charlotte russe
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 3:34, 3 replies)
Mini disc man
Christmas 2003. I don't have a pc. In some deranged stupidity my thought process and then life went exactly like this:

I want a discman as my last one had lost its battery
Haven't got a pc
Won't therefore download music
Everyone with ipods has to buy a pc, then download their cd's
Searched... (why?) Found discman battery
Minidiscs look cool and a few mates had players
Minidisc man (£200!!!!) has a FREE cd player with it (never mind I found the battery to my better one)
And a lead to connect to cd player to transpose the music over
And you could download MP3 onto minidisc man (realised later this was a lame attempt by Sony to counter the ipod
Done - minidiscman for xmas
Buy laptop for work two months later
Minidiscs stop being made
Buy ipod


Kept the boxes and packaging pristine for ebay purposes.

Store minidisc man in loft with boxed and packaged Mastersystem, game boy, NES, SNES, PS2

Go to see if they work on ebay some years later...

None of them work.

Big Doh.

That said - minidisc EQ and sound quality and earphones = mega beat my ipod and sennheisers x 1,000,000. And lcd screen was a cool blue.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 22:23, 1 reply)
Cambridge university
Despite having computers, all admin is done on paper forms. Taken by me to various people's offices. Despite having a university network, my college couldn't work out who to invoice my fees to or even work out which department I was in. The department, which had they bothered to look it up, they would have realised is holding all my funding and just waiting for them to ask for money for my fees. Nowhere in the university takes card, everything has to be paid for either by cheque or by cash. Argh!
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 22:01, 6 replies)
Yes, I still write cheques!!!!
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 21:25, 7 replies)
I still buy records and am getting annoyed that fewer and fewer releases are pressed to wax. I'm a DJ, how else am I meant to play new music when all these hip-hop acts that claim to 'keep it real' and 'true to the game' don't even have any consideration for DJs who also want to keep hip-hop in the way it was invented, using two turntables and maybe even the odd microphone? This is a rant I'm aware, on a subject I'm sure very few people care about (and those who do care about vinyl may have an aversion to, nay hatred of, the complete destruction of vinyl that accompanies turntablism). Still, I enjoy it. And take care of my records too, no less!

I also wish the word "shan't" would come back into fashion.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 20:39, 4 replies)
I read this QOTW and people raving about safety razors and proper cut throats. I bought a disposable blade cut-throat from eBay (only £8) and am bidding on a proper strop and solid blade one atm.

I have just had my 1st shave using it. Fair enough, it has just taken 20 minutes to do a job that normally takes 4 but it was cracking "me" time. Used a brush and soap, one small nick near the sideburn and a very nice finish although the point of the chin did prove tricky, especially with a couple of days growth.. (also, corners of mouth and top lip were a bit awkward)

Took me 10 mins to realise the blade has to be cut in half 1st, then 5 mins to build up the nerve and make the first "stroke"..

Thank you B3ta.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 18:33, 9 replies)
How about my car?
Another excuse for me to drone on about how I circumnavigated Africa in nothing more than a Land Rover.

But not just any Land Rover – the Camel is a real Camel Trophy Disco from the Mongolian expedition of 1997

When we first met I was curious about why the back windows were electric while the front ones were old fashioned windies – and a pain to have to crank up and down. There were also a few other differences from the standard Land Rover – lots of the fancy electronics had been ripped out and replaced by components from older models. I couldn’t see why they did this.


About a third of the way down. By this time it had become clear that the constant vibration, heat and dust was slowly killing everything electronic that I hadn’t put away in a box. The electric windows started playing up in Mali, and died completely by Chad. The lovely hi Tech MP3 CD player did a little better – getting all the way to Sudan before packing up. My inverter blew up in Burkina Faso – the locals there can fix anything, but they shook their head over this one. In fact the only thing that didn’t crap out was my laptop (which I kept put away in a box) which despite taking an unscheduled flight when I rolled – er – the first land Rover, made it all the way around – they don’t make Toshiba’s like that any more. No really, they don’t.

What I find ironic is that my vehicle was kitted out by the Land Rover Special Works team – they must have known that despite the vehicles being sold as the ultimate off road vehicle, all that modern electronic shit just wasn’t going to last on a real expedition. So they ripped it out and gave me windey windows that would work.

I still have the Camel, and my other half has a nice new WV Polo. I rub my hands in anticipation every time she drives it for I know that with all it's electronics it’s designed to fail. It’s just a matter of time.

Length? 18 months and 70,000km
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 18:30, 5 replies)
Arse raped by the tech manufacturers
I'm still using a Bluray player, I've had it for almost two months and I'm sure I'm at least three format wars behind already!
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 17:35, Reply)
Earlier today
I went round all my mates' houses and told them what I've been up to. Twitter can kiss my arse.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 17:26, Reply)
I'm playing Sonic The Hedgehog. The first one. Right now*.
It's actually surprisingly enjoyable.
*I mean, I paused it to type this, obviously. I'm not that clever.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 17:18, 8 replies)

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