Share Your Knowledge About the Days b4 the Internet

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  1. Cuffmeister

    Cuffmeister Blue Belt

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    Connecting two VHS players together to record a pirate copy of a film you'd rented. Waiting for the Xmas TV guide to come out so you could see which films would be on. Imagining what something was like from a description from one of your friends instead of being able to watch a YouTube vid of it. Using the head cleaner cassette for your VHS player when the picture went all blurry. For UK gen x kids, ordering computer games from special reserve magazine.
     
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  2. Cuffmeister

    Cuffmeister Blue Belt

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    This sums up the eighties/early nineties well
     
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  3. Jackie Blue

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    That's interesting. While I watched Duck Tales, I still think Oregon Trail fits better in the US, but YMMV.
     
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  4. Loiosh

    Loiosh Detective Platinum Member

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    You're a poet.
     
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  5. HHJ

    HHJ Jeg reiser til mørkets dyp der alt er dødt.

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    You could also make music videos by having the second vhs record the audio of something else
     
  6. MikeMcMann

    MikeMcMann Gold Belt

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    Forget the 8 track. My uncle still has his original

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    and it operates.
     
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  7. Shawn91111

    Shawn91111 Brown Belt

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    I remember my neighbor found his dads porn stash of old 1970's mags and sold me a few. Just absolutely disgusting, hairy bushes, nasty tits...it was great
     
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    I'm watching Escape at Dannemora right now (finished episode 4, got 3 more to go). One of the main characters ends up working at the prison library and one of his complaints about it is that dudes keep jerking off to National Geographic while looking back every 10 seconds to make sure that the guards aren't coming. This post reminded me of that. Funny how those poor bastards without internet access are forced to regress back to their childhoods. :D
     
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  9. Loiosh

    Loiosh Detective Platinum Member

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    IQ has steadily risen with each generation, and today's youth is exploiting the greatest scientific tool humanity has ever known. They're LIVING in the real world, and they're creating a new one.

    Any parent teaching a child to do otherwise is teaching that child to fail. Breaking your own wrists is not resourceful.
     
  10. Jackie Blue

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    Ah, the good old reel-to-reel.

     
  11. DM1982

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    An IQ test is far from being a definitive measure of intelligence - its overrated and not indicative of a well rounded indivdual capable of handling the demands of life.

    Real life social skills and emotional intelligence are sorely lacking in the next gen.

    You can keep your IQ tests.

    Thank you, next
     
  12. Loiosh

    Loiosh Detective Platinum Member

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    Your children will make excellent janitorial assistants.
     
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    Soooo much this (we had a rotary phone growing up, and I'm under 40. Damn rural living).

    Remember phone cards?? Had to get them to travel or when I was at college..... my life was all about phone cards, it seemed like
     
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  14. Shawn91111

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    When my parents got a cordless phone, it was a huge deal. They were talking to my grandparents out in the driveway like they were on top of the world
     
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    I drove across the country with my brother with a road atlas and a magazine with tourist attractions in each state. Seems unthinkable to plan a trip like that now without the internet.
     
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    What's that sonny?

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  17. Winter-John

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    I found a stack of porn mags when I was in school. So I rented them out at $3 each for a week. For a while there I had myself a nice little porn ring going, made some decent cash too. The problem was after a while the guys wanted new porn so I had to go out shoplifting to meet the demand. Somehow I got away with it but eventually everything fell apart when one of the kids got busted by his parents and he ratted me out. I got dragged into the principal's office. I tried to argue my case by claiming I was just a businessman but guy wasn't having it and I got 2 weeks suspension. Nobody ever asked about the money I'd made so eh, I'd say it was worth it.
     
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  18. therealdope

    therealdope Steel Belt

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    Say wut? I've been on the internet for 32 years.
     
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    therealdope Steel Belt

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    Gen-Xer checking in. Are we talk before www and Mosaic or the internet?

    I got my first email account in 1987. Granted there were only something lke 30,000 internet users at that point (plus some people on DECnet :eek: ).

    Just because there were no webservers doesn't mean that pr0n wasn't available, do you even alt.sex.binaries.* dude?

    In fact I found sherdog through alt.ufc newsgroup. No joke.
     
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  20. Mixedfights

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    Lol.

    B4 world wide web
     

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