The Outdated Gadget Quiz

Last weekend, as our family gathered together for our Thanksgiving Day feast, my brother-in-law introduced the topic of Changing Technologies with this joke - 

(and they didn't) which led me regale the younger generations with a Back-In-My-Day speech as we all know nothing delights the younger generation more than a Back-In-My-Day speech.  
With mouths agape and eyes wide with amazement (or maybe it was with yawning mouths and glazed eyes - I'm not really sure) they listened to my pitiable story of how I would actually record my favourite songs off a portable radio onto a separate cassette tape recorder by placing a tiny plastic microphone in front of the speaker!  Can you imagine!   I went on to explain how I would sit with my finger on the Stop button, poised and ready as I anxiously waited for the exact moment to press it down - that precise nanosecond between one song ending and the next song starting - only to have my mother burst into my room to announce that dinner was ready.  The younger generation were surely astounded, astonished, and aghast at the barbaric technology I was forced to endure.  Surely.

Which brings me in my typical round-about way to the subject of today's post - a quiz about outdated gadgets.  I call it the Name the Outdated Gadget quiz.  Now, those of us of a certain age are going to find this easy, so to the younger generation I'd like to offer this bit of advice - "Suck it up!"

Are you ready?   Let's begin.

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  1. Oh, I love this! How fun!!! I miss those floppy disks (is that what they were called? gosh, its been so long :)

    Anyway, I was cracking up at the thought of you recording songs from the radio onto tapes. You sound just like me and my sis. Always to be ruined by some wayward visitor, and a screeching car, or the stupid DJ talking over the MUSIC!!!!!

  2. I am familiar with all except number 5....what the heck IS that?

  3. Bradi WatsonOctober 11, 2011

    #5 is a vacuum tube? They used them to move money or mail around.
    #6 is a head scratcher

  4. Hilarious, how sad is it I know all of them LOL #4 made me laugh especially. I remember filling out those endless computer cards, for the room sized computer the school had. The class was cancelled the next year due to lack of interest How things have changed

  5. Well if I didn't feel older than dirt before, I certainly do now. Thanks for that young one.

  6. Ruth PearsonOctober 12, 2011

    Believe or not, I still have a corded phone. It comes in handy when we lose electricity and the cordless won't work.
    This household has no cellphone. I know. I am an enigma.

  7. Tania BugnetOctober 12, 2011

    I'm a new follower from the Great Canadian Link Exchange!


  8. susan swiderskiOctober 12, 2011

    Well, crap. So I am officially old. I remember all of them, but the only one that makes me shudder a little bit are the IBM cards. It used to take forever to enter all the data from the medical studies we were conducting onto those cards, before carrying all the boxes of cards to the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, computer room. The shuddering comes in when someone would accidentally drop the boxes of cards. 'Course, having to make sense of all the print-outs you'd get from the computer is pretty shudder-worthy, too. Thanks for the memories.

  9. Ooops, I see the mixed tape here! Great minds... :)

  10. Anita from EnglandJanuary 02, 2012

    OMG! I remember stuff older than those things! I remember using a fax machine at NASA HQ in the 60s when were were working on the last Gemini space flight. It was as big as a grand piano! The nice thing about it was that we could actually talk with the gals at the other end while we were faxing, usually Houston or Florida space centers. Then there were the first computers my husband worked with in the Army. They actually DID fill up a room! And yes, like Ruth Pearson above, I still have three working cord phones in the house, as well as three cordless ones!