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Our Ginger Fuhrer says that he could still code up a simple game idea in Amstrad Basic, while I'm your man if you ever need to rebuild the suspension on an Austin Allegro (1750 Equipe version). This stuff doesn't leave your mind - tell us about obsolete talents you still have.

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poubelle is French for dustbin.
my French teacher, who's name I cannot for the life of me remember, told me I would never forget that.

he was not wrong
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 21:44, 5 replies)
I probably
can still do the first 8 levels of chuckie egg. Blindfold. I can do it in my head, if I can find a decent em, I'll have a go.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 21:42, 1 reply)
I can tune a guitar
Eddie Ate Dynamite: Good Bye Eddie.

Mnemonics. Great, aren't they?
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 21:24, 5 replies)
For years I’ve made my own wine. Not using those kits that you can buy, I go out into the woods and pick leaves and berries. I’ve currently got 8 demijohns on the go; 2 elderberry, 4 parsnip and 2 oak leaf (ok, I bought the parsnips from Tesco). When bottled, each demijohn will produce about 5 bottles. At any one time, I’ll have 50 – 100 bottles lying around the house, some are 15 years old.

I like doing the more obscure wines. Over the years I’ve made gorse flower, rowan, oak leaf, broom flower, haw, coltsfoot, nettle, pea pod (a favourite of Tom & Barbara Good of course!), birch sap and sycamore sap to name a few, as well as the more common country wines such as elderberry, blackberry, cherry, sloe and so on.

It may not be all that obsolete really, but at least it’s not about fucking cheat codes.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 21:02, 19 replies)
Every special move...
...from the SNES version of Street Fighter II Turbo Edition.

Except Zangief's spinning piledriver. I could never do that properly.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 20:36, 1 reply)
I can still
Hold up my right hand, stick out 3 fingers, and count backwards down to 1 with them just as fast as Ted bloody Rogers.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 20:21, 4 replies)
Phonetic alphabet
I never could grasp this at Scouts, or at school. I learnt this when I got my "Conways Fighting Ships 1947-1995"; they're Soviet submarine classes.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 20:20, 4 replies)
The Mentat verse from the Lynch Dune.
It is by my will alone that I set my mind in motion, it is by the juice of Saphoo that thoughts aquire speed, the lips aquire stains, the stains become a warning, it is by my will alone that I set my mind in montion.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 19:57, 4 replies)
I would like to think this is original
I know the 'lyrics' and can play the soundtrack to the commercial for Gino Ginelli ice cream. On a recorder.

So women.... who wants me first....?
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 19:26, Reply)

i used to be, still am in fact, dead good at the speedy rewinding of birds nested cassette tapes with a biro, and i know every word to every song of Sychronicity by the Police, Complete Madness, and Bad Habits by the Monks.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 18:33, Reply)
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 18:28, 5 replies)
I know pretty much every song from every cartoon/childrens programme of my childhood
But when it came to learning anything at school my brain couldn't be arsed to retain anything
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 17:14, Reply)
We were taught a little song during French lessons at school in 1978 to remember a rule about French grammar. I still remember the words:

"when the verb is conjugated with avoir
the past participle agrees
when the direct object
the direct object
when the direct object goes before the verb
the verb
the verb
when the direct object goes before the verb"

Haven't a clue what it means in practice. May not have done at the time either as I failed French O level.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 17:12, 6 replies)
I can score a goal from the halfway line but only in fifa world cup 98
and i still remember the old teletext numbers for the sports section
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 17:06, 5 replies)
This is a story all about how . . . .
I still remember all the lyrics to the Fresh Prince of Belair theme tune.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 16:29, 5 replies)
I still could put on a condom
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 15:13, 7 replies)
When unblocking chicken soup machines
Be sure to use a 14B and not a 14F (a 14B doesn't even remotely look like a 14F) using a 14F will cause the next crew member to order chicken soup to get black currant cordial with blancmange and two creams and a sugar
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 15:00, 3 replies)
Our Ginger Fuhrer says that he could still code up a simple game idea in Amstrad Basic, while I'm your man if you ever need to rebuild the suspension on an Austin Allegro (1750 Equipe version).
They were making cars in 1750?
Fucking hell.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 13:36, 6 replies)
Muscle memory
Some years ago I started a new job, and on day 1 realised that I now had to use the UNIX skills (or even skillz) that I'd confidently asserted in the interview. What I hadn't mentioned was that it was somewhere up to a decade since I'd last used UNIX in anger. So I was staring at the cursor, knowing what I wanted to do but not having the slightest recollection of the arcane sequence of letters and twisted abbreviations that would achieve it.

I had nothing. Panic was setting in. So I did what all good Jedi do, and Used The Force: I closed my eyes, and just let my fingers type whatever felt right. And I mean that literally, I really did close my eyes and try not to think about what I was typing.

And blow me down, it worked. It seems my finger muscles remembered the sequence, even though my conscious mind didn't.

The human memory is a remarkable thing.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 13:16, 7 replies)
I can whistle
The carrier tone to a 300/300 modem. Useless nowerdays but was useful for testing out the connectivity of my computer to acoustic coupler back in the day.

Other things:

I remember the intricacies of blueboxing like it were yesterday.

Using 2400 baud terminals to access the internets - long before this fangled HTTP thing there was telnet, gopher and WAIS. Not that I used them much, I was mostly found using IRC.

x.29 on the original JAnet at 9600 baud. Mmmmm. (n000020060300 was birmingham ACSIS)

When /etc/passwd actually contained passwords

Wardialling 0800/0500 numbers to find those elusive modems

Going through skips at various BT exchanges to find juicy info

/Nowt but fields
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 12:55, 2 replies)
best band of the 80s consisted of....
Tony James, Martin Degville, Neal X, Ray Mayhew, Chris Kavanagh and Yana YaYa

Still remember their names, and can recite all the song lyrics too!
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 12:55, 21 replies)
It's Football Jim, but not as we know it...
I still know the rules to American Football (yes, there are some, no, they're not that complicated, and NO, I'm not a Merkin) - going on the current piss-take of negotiations between ridiculously overpaid prima-donna players and ridiculously over-rich prima-donna owners, this may well be an obselete skill by the start of the new season...
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 12:21, Reply)
BBC micro
As a nipper we had one of these computer box machines with 2 40 track five and a quarter inch disk drives. I still know the level codes for Repton 3.
Those were the days when games were games and had proper rules - complete a set of tasks strictly in order or you die, or you get traped and have to kill yourself. A vital life lesson, you must agree.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 12:20, 2 replies)
I can still remember that
Sheila Bucklehurst from Wakefield won the beauty contest on the Trophy Bitter advert from the early eighties, because she was on first. I've had a premonition that that will be the 1 million pound question I will be asked when I'm on who wants to be a millionaire. Of course, I may have to actually ring up to get on the show in the first place.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 10:49, Reply)
I can still remember the path to take through The Last Ninja 1 & 2 on the C64
And the path through 'Flashback' and 'Another World'

I can still remember how to write a config.sys file on a floppy disk for DOS start up too.

Other than that my mind is full of old SNES cheat codes.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 10:45, 11 replies)
clickety click
In through the bunny hole,
round the big tree,
out through the bunny hole and off pops she!

taught as a nipper at my mothers knee, I still think this on autopilot when knitting.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 9:54, Reply)
I still know where outside is
and how to exit my bedroom to get there.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 9:52, 8 replies)
Massive Drugs
I remember when my mates and I used to be able to grind up white dog poo and snort it. Its all that 'squidgy brown' shit nowadays.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 9:51, 7 replies)
I can do Myspace

(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 8:58, Reply)
I can speak Irish.
That's very handy.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 8:49, 19 replies)

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