View Full Version : The Walkman was invented 25 YEARS AGO?

Cueless Joey
03-24-2004, 07:48 PM
I remember the first modle. No radio, no auto-reverse and no anti-wow and flutter and no Dolby Noise Reduction.
Joey~Remembers the first Dolby Stereo movie he saw was Rocky II~ I was 3yrs old then /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

03-24-2004, 09:14 PM
On March 25, 1954, Radio Corporation of America began manufacturing color television sets at its Bloomington, Ind., plant. It built 5,000 sets with 12-inch screens, known as the model CT-100 color receiver. They sold for $1,000 each, astronomical in those days.

Cueless Joey
03-24-2004, 09:38 PM
That was 50 years ago???
I remember when there were only 3 stations where I lived and when my dad bought a 20 inch color Sony tv, I was in heaven baby. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-24-2004, 09:59 PM
I remember when about 49 years ago we got a TV. (I was 3) It was black and white. We lived upstairs, in a small grocery store, with a gasoline station. It also had a auto mechanic shop, and a post office. That was about all that was there. The farmers would come to the store to watch the TV. Most folks didn't have one. My favorite was the Mouseketeers. (sp?) /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Cueless Joey
03-24-2004, 11:14 PM
Admit it, you were hiding some stag films upstairs too. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Joey~Learned birds and the bees with the Betamax~

03-25-2004, 04:50 AM
When I was a kid we went down to a store called TV City and watched TV through the window. They had benches set up for you to watch. There was like 3 hours of TV a day then and the big deal was the fights. My dad got us a TV not long after they came out but there was nothing on it to watch. You would sit and actually watch the test pattern waiting for the broadcasting to begin. You know, when ever I am on the computer I always think how much my father would love this thing. He has been dead for many years but he was a brilliant man and the Internet and all this stuff would have fascinated him.

03-25-2004, 07:28 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Cueless Joey:</font><hr> Admit it, you were hiding some stag films upstairs too. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Joey~Learned birds and the bees with the Betamax~ <hr /></blockquote>

when I was a lad they still had those 8mm projectors.

watching porn movies was an event, rather than a pastime /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

9 Ball Girl
03-25-2004, 07:35 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr>when I was a lad they still had those 8mm projectors.<hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue">My parents home videos of me and my sisters are on Super 8mm. As a Father's Day gift, I transferred them all over to VHS about 4 years ago. </font color>

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr>watching porn movies was an event, rather than a pastime /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue">You betcha! I used to find my Dad's vhs tapes that had titles of different movies on them but he had "marked" them so that he knew where they were. I knew where they were and I used to make sure to put the tape back exactly as he had it, and before popping it in to the VCR, I would check the register counter and set that back to where it was afterwards. Teehee. </font color>

03-25-2004, 07:42 AM
Remember the story about the "X" rated sheriff. It was somewhere in the midwest a few years ago that the sheriff rented a camcorder to make home movies of him and his wife making out.He returned the camcorder with the tape still in it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
There are probably still copies of it around.

03-25-2004, 07:54 AM
<font color="blue">edited because it was way too long /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color>

The dirty secret that drives new technology: it's porn

Sunday March 3, 2002
The Observer

....That sex sells is scarcely a startling discovery. What is striking, however, is how analysts and executives are acknowledging - for the first time - how important it is when it comes to driving technological advance.

As one senior industry figure put it: 'For years it has been a dirty secret that one of the key drivers of new consumer technology is sex, pornography. The need to make 3G technology work - and work fast - is exposing that secret.'

.....Dario Betti, an analyst at London-based digital media consultancy Ovum, says: 'Like it or not, pornography drives each new, convenient visual technology, and 3G, which combines powerful new media applications, will be no different.'

......The camcorder and video machine you use to capture those memorable family moments - baby's first steps, weddings, holidays - use VHS tapes. US pornographers' decision to adopt the cheap convenient VHS - rather than rival Betamax - when the two systems were introduced in the 1970s killed off Betamax while sales of pornographic films drove take-up of video recorders.

Your DVD player may be great for watching out-takes of the Mike Myers' comedy Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but it is real sex movies which have driven DVD sales because, unlike videotape, users can skip quickly to and from their favourite scenes. The pay-per-view cable or satellite TV movie channel is only available on your TV because pornographers pioneered subscription 'premium' services first in hotels and then on digital networks.

Did you watch the BBC's interactive coverage of Wimbledon on Sky's digital network last summer? Watching four games at once or changing the camera angle so you can watch your favourite player more closely may look new but it isn't. Pornographers perfected the technology a decade ago for an entirely different 'sport'.

And, then, there is the internet. If anyone ever doubted the power of sex to drive technological innovation, the internet proves it, several billion times over - every day. When the web was launched, the most popular word searches were 'sex' and 'porn' and it's still true. Service providers, including Yahoo! and Altavista, have begun excluding sex searches from their net use surveys because they skew the results and make them worthless.

Pornographic sites are also one of the few web services that make money. Forget the great dot.com crash, the Online Computer Library Centre's annual review of net use last year found 80,000 'major' adult websites, which generated profits of more than 1bn - more than any other e-commerce sector. Much of that money has been reinvested in developing leading-edge interactive services including 'virtual reality' sex games that allow users to 'join in' the action.

....But why porn? What has made a product more associated with men in dirty macs than hi-tech industries one of the most powerful technological forces on the planet? Observers say porn and technology work together so well because each meets the needs of the other. Nerd needs anorak.

....'Porn started in cinemas - very public. It then moved into video stores - more discreet. DVDs and digital TV took it direct into the home. And the internet means you can get it any time, anywhere. The more private it becomes, the more comfortable consumers feel, particularly women. They enjoy it more, so they buy it more.'

And now it is coming to mobile phones....

'3G phones combine the mobile phone and the internet. You're online all the time. It's the net in your pocket. And if you see how many people use the net for sex, you do not have to be a genius to see how they will use their new phones.'

...What's porn done for us?

<font color="red"> You may disapprove of pornography but the spin-offs of the industry are all around. </font color>

Camcorder and VHS video machines were pioneered by porn barons anxious to find a cheap way to mass market blue movies. Take-up of DVD players was driven by pornographers and their customers because the technology enabled users to skip to and from their favourite scenes.

Pay-per-view cable or satellite TV movies entered the market only after porn firms introduced 'premium' services in hotels and on digital networks. Interactive television, common on digital sport channels, was developed by pornographers to allow users to focus on favourite actors and actresses.

Internet use and e-business have been driven by smut. There are 80,000 adult websites, which generate annual profits of more than 1 billion - more than any other e-commerce sector.


<font color="blue">and to go back 100 years the photography industry was also helped along by porn. Interesting isn't it? </font color>

Cueless Joey
03-25-2004, 10:00 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr> Remember the story about the "X" rated sheriff. It was somewhere in the midwest a few years ago that the sheriff rented a camcorder to make home movies of him and his wife making out.He returned the camcorder with the tape still in it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
There are probably still copies of it around. <hr /></blockquote>
I used to work in an electronics store. One couple "borrowed" a camcorder. Refunded it and forgot there was a tape inside. My coworkers saw it. She came back trying to take the tape back. They told her there was no tape in there. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif