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When I was just a young lad (im only 21), I remember being absolutely baffled when a friend brought over a computer game for the old tower my mum bought me, on not one.... but THREE floppy discs.

I was like "what.....what do you mean it's on three... it must be huge"

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Re: Fondest Memory of new Technology

It was watching the arm on my dad's Garrard SP25 lift itself from the rest, find the perfect spot on the lead-in of the record, and drop itself and start playing. Not only that, but it did the opposite at the end of the record...genius.

Ok, I was only 4...

Either that or watching the blue and yellow loading bars as a precursor to the gaming wonder that was JetPac on the 16k Spectrum... Ok, 8 this time...

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More than likely Chebs. My dad still has a 14" Sony Trinitron (again in white!) that we bought for my spectrum back in '83, and although we've had to chuck a freesat box at it (we've switched to digital here in Bristol) it's still going strong 27 years later with a great picture...

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Re: Fondest Memory of new Technology

It would be cool if someone developed a kick ass full HD CRT for todays market.

I've though of a slogan and everything. Full HD CRT..."Kickin' it old school"

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Walking down Broad Street Teddington with a Wharfedale DVD-750 from Tescos, and stopping off at Blockbuster on the way back to pick up some DVDs. Plugging it in and sitting round with the in-laws to watch The Bone Collector. Feeling foolish about banging on about how we *had* to have a DVD player when everybody said the picture wasn't very good (it was rubbish, in fact). Feeling smug when replacing the in-box SCART with another quality one I had lying around, and the picture being much better, thus proving there is no cable debate to be had.

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Re: Fondest Memory of new Technology

Several, echoing two of the above though:-


Having our old Dansette Viva record player, fully automatic, four-speed with single stacker arm and all (and you thought multi-disc capability was a CD thing? Meh!). Loved it.


Like Chebby, going from black and white only TV to a colour set sometime around 1975 or 76. We weren't well off, so rather than buy a new one, we rented from a company called Telebank. You fed in 50p coins into a meter on the side of the TV and every week the guy from the company came round and emptied the money out. They took the rental amount (whatever that was) and you got the rest back again. We had a surfeit of 50p coins at home...!


Getting a phone. That would've been around 1976 or 77. Amazing. Just over 30 years ago.

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It was not that long ago and it was the ipod. I remember Tomorrows World banging on about Japanese miniturisation and how far could it go. Then, years later my wife got on her mobile contract a phone that was so small it was unusable. But the ipod is actually something that is seriously small and yet still very useable.

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Can't remember the year but it was eons ago.
I decided to take the plunge headfirst into digital recording and I bought a Hitachi Digital Recorder that was a 19" rack mounted beast that used VHS tapes as it's recording medium.
The sound was simply awesome . . . . apart from the dropouts.

I also have fond memories of my trusty Sony Elcaset recorder.

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Re: Fondest Memory of new Technology
JohnDuncan:
Walking down Broad Street Teddington with a Wharfedale DVD-750 from Tescos.


Still got my Tesco purchased Wharfedale DVD 750. I was using it as recently as last year for region 1 DVDs before I got my chipped Sony Blu Ray. Excellent value for the £150 or so that it cost at the time.

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Trying - mid 60s - to decide whether to splurge £20 on a calculator, Sinclair I think but not 100% sure. I was a merchant navy navigator then so it would have been useful but in the end 7 figure log tables won the day.

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I remember getting our first colour tv in the '70s. I must have been 5 or 6. I remember being really excited about seeing Batman in colour. Also hearing a VHS movie on a nicam hifi stereo video in '87 was like wow. The clarity compared to mono was fantastic. Then watching Star Trek the movie that Christmas on itv in nicam was the business.

Recently the iPod Touch has wowed me. It's like an electronic swiss army knife and it plays music.

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Dad bringing home a Sony C5UB Betamax video - our first video - and watching a wonky copy of E.T.

Buying my first CD a week before buying my first CD player - a Marantz CD65.

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I remember seeing a CD for the first time in a shop window - it was glowing in rainbow colours and looked very other worldly! I had a chance to hear one only about 4 years later!


I also remember seeing this mobile for the first time. It was amazing how small it looked!


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The Sega MegaDrive, when I got that at Christmas it blew my mind! The Nokia 5110...the text messaging service you had to enable by calling orange really got me excited!

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My first mobile phone, it was a Motorola car phone with all the electronics in a black box in the boot and the handset between the two front seats. The coverage was  very patchy, just motorways and city centres.


Cost £1500 fitted!