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From VCR to DVD - Tech Changes in Living Memory...

By Edited May 19, 2015 0 0

Watching Television On The Move

The world of technology changes fast, sometimes unbelievably so: It's hard to imagine that eighteen year olds today have never had a tape machine eat a tape. If you want to know how fast tech has changed your life, then today we're taking a little trip back through time to show you just how much the world of technology has changed well within living memory...

VCR, DVD, Catch Up TV...

Once, a very long time ago, we had VCRs. And even for most thirty year olds, having a video player at home was a treat. You could actually watch movies at home without having to wait for them to be played on TV, and you could watch them as often as you wanted, in fact, some of us watched our favourites until the tape wore out and broke. And then, after a brief and unmemorable foray into Laser Discs, DVDs came out. Now, not only could you watch what you wanted when you wanted, you could find your favourite part without having to constantly rewind and fast forward a tape. And DVDs don't wear out. Not only that, but you got a whole host of extra features, commentaries from actors and directors. DVDs were a huge step up from video, and after a while you could even record on them too. Until catch up TV and the internet came along. Nowadays you don't even leave your home to rent a film any more, you just log on to Netflix. Catch up TV means never having to be home to watch your favourite TV show when it airs. Given that most of us can remember a time when restaurants and pubs were empty because everyone was at home watching Twin Peaks, catch up TV is pretty amazing...

Dial Up Internet, Broadband Internet, Mobile Broadband...

We could probably start this one back even earlier, since most of us can remember having to do everything with books, newspapers and visits to the library. However, once upon a time, your internet session was heralded by a sharp scratching and squealing sound of a dial up modem trying to connect to a server. If you were unlucky, your mum was already using the phone, and you'd get shouted at for making the modem shriek in her ear. Alternatively, you might already be on the internet, and mum picking up the phone made you lose your connection. But at least we had the internet, right? Sure, loading a whole picture took about twenty minutes, but it was better than nothing. Until broadband came along. Suddenly, not only could we use the phone and the internet at the same time, but we got decent speeds too. We went from loading a picture in twenty minutes to watching YouTube videos whenever we wanted to. Online gaming became a real thing, with graphics rather than text based game play, and life was good. Except... well, except that you had to stay at home. But now, grab yourself a mobile broadband dongle and a  mobile broadband plan, and you can take the internet everywhere with you. A mobile broadband plan lets you use your lap top on the train, in the park, absolutely anywhere that you want to. The idea that you'd be able to watch an entire film whilst sitting in the park would have been unthinkable just twenty or so years ago...

Home Phone, Cell Phone, Smart Phone...

Home phones have been around for a good few years, obviously. You might even be old enough to remember rotary phone, where you had to spin the little dial to get a number. And you're definitely old enough to remember having to wait until someone else was done on the phone to be able to call that girl that you liked, all the time hoping against hope that her father wasn't going to answer the phone. And then we got cell phones. A nice, robust Nokia model, probably, which was the first really affordable model for most people. And you could text, send a sweet little message so that you didn't even have to talk if you didn't want to (or if you were feeling too nervous to speak). No more looking for phone boxes or change, and phone boxes themselves started to disappear anyway, who needs a public phone when you've got a phone in your pocket already? But we wanted more, and more we got. Around ten  years ago smart phones began to appear. And nowadays we've not only got a phone in our pocket, we've got the whole internet in our pockets as well. Interesting fact: the processing power in a modern smart phone is higher than the processing power on the computer that first landed a man on the moon. Not bad for a few decades of technological improvement...

Tape, CD, MP3...

We could probably go back another step to vinyl and a step forward to streaming here, but we'll stick to the basics. Kids today will never understand what a pencil and a tape have in common (remember carefully winding the tap back in with the end of a pencil?), or know the agony of constantly having to rewind to play a song again, going backwards and forwards until you reached the exact right point. CDs took over from tapes within most people's living memories, and just as with videos and DVDs, you suddenly had so much more control over what you listened to. And you didn't have to flip a CD over to side B either. But not many of us have CDs any more, why clutter up your house? MP3s mean that you can keep your entire music collection on your computer and out of sight. Plus, a little MP3 played that slides into your pocket and hold thousands of songs is way better than the old personal CD players that had a horrible tendency to skip while you were walking...

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