1. Practice sport with a discman
Long before Steve Jobs pulled out the first iPod from his pocket, many had to suffer a real problem with pocket size compatibility. That being your discman not fitting into any pockets on your jacket, therefore being left to carry it by hand! Oh the inconvenience. Or try going for a run with this classic portable device, in no time any track you played will become a version of ‘Scatman’.
2. The floppy disk
Now we complain when a USB only has 8GB of memory, but many remember that special little square disk that stored your homework, computer games or any important information… the floppy disk. In 1997 the Superdisk model had 240MB capacity. Wow!
3. Connect to a modem
Beep-boop-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep. Creee-yaaaaaa-bzzzzzzz-zowwwww. Yes, that celestial sound was the gateway to a new world called internet. Surely many are able to recall the first page that you visited and the first song that they downloaded. Which brings us to the next point …
4. Downloading a song for days
When you logged into Napster or Limewire to get that song that you have longed for so long and after two days of waiting, you realised it was an instrumental version, or even worse, a remix! Clearly it was a good way of improving patience…
5. There’s no game without Google
How did we finish assignments at university / college / school before Google? There were obviously libraries and paper encyclopedias collecting dust at home with some sort of vintage pride. Yet suddenly Encarta appeared: from the reproduction of mitochondria to the Renaissance and the modern era. Every bit of knowledge fitted on a CD (albeit over several volumes). Now that was a revolution!
6. Developing your camera
If we’re talking about patience, photo development should occupy the top ranking. Taking a picture knowing that fifty pence was at stake, ignoring how it looked and knowing that you had only 23 left. Take the film into your local shop to be developed, wait a week, then have your memories as a tangible item for the rest of your life! Lucky the vintage revival fueled by Polaroid, Fujifilm and even disposable cameras… keeps the photo developing game alive. Nothing says hipster like vintage stuff!!
7. Heading to the box office to purchase tickets
The day that Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam or Backstreet Boys announced a tour, you knew you were going to queue for at least an hour to get your tickets. I doubt that anyone still yearns this experience over the comfort of buying online from the couch in your PJ’s.
8. Messenger / AOL
For someone to give you a “buzz” sounds awful, but that’s how you got the attention of your targeted friend (or friend to be) on Messenger. If that person was busy, well you got the standard response of “brb” (be right back). A term now officially extinguished because we never put down our devices for more than 2 seconds and are always available.
9. Burning the perfect length CD
If mixtapes on cassettes sound like a distant memory from a faraway galaxy, you were probably burning cd’s with your favourite songs on it with programs like Nero. Do you remember how frustrating it was running out of space when you were in the middle of a great track!? You had selected songs to make the perfect playlist and woah, out of space! Not to mention the inevitable scratching of the CD after failing to utilise your CD wallet.
10. Blowing into Super Nintendo cartridges
I do not know how that wisdom came to me, but it was clear that the only way to fix the bugs and other problems facing the console was blowing in the cartridges. Pure science.
Now we can buy tickets for our favourite gigs from our smartphones, while we video chat via Skype with the family. We can book a flight from the tablet and watch a Netflix episode while we wait. We are heading towards a one-device-that-does-it-all tendency, and hey, that’s okay! Even though there’s a bunch of nostalgic people, new technologies make our daily routine much more comfortable and efficient.