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Old 31st January 2009, 01:44 PM
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Whatever happened to ...?

Dan's thread ' Cranky Old Fossil Survey ' reminded me that according to a news item I saw the last laserdisc player has been produced. So this thread is for any recollections of gadgets/technology that didn't really make the big time or got overtaken by progress.

To kick off, remember 8-track car stereo, ca 1970's? Had a continuous loop of tape in a cartridge about the size of a Zip drive. Lost out to the cassette player because a) people wanted something they could play in the home and car, and b) a relatively small selection of music was released on it. I was told that it was even more prone to tying itself in knots than cassette tape.
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Old 31st January 2009, 01:45 PM
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Old 31st January 2009, 04:06 PM
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And, of course, Video 2000. According to some magazines Blu-ray is headed the same way
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Old 31st January 2009, 01:47 PM
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Old 31st January 2009, 01:54 PM
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Gnome color chooser

This doesn't count as it's still available .


DM packages Gnome color chooser for his autoten script.

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Old 31st January 2009, 02:23 PM
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Magi-cube Flash cubes and 124/110 cartridge loading film.
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Old 31st January 2009, 03:10 PM
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Philips' "Digital Compact Cassette"? Announced with great fanfare .... errr .... I forget how many years ago now.
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Old 31st January 2009, 04:12 PM
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Magi-cube Flash cubes and 124/110 cartridge loading film.
Now you mention it Dan, there was a variant of 35mm which transported from one cassette to another rather than re-winding. Agfa?

EDIT Not APS, though that's a candidate for this thread. The system I'm thinking of was ca 1960's.
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Old 31st January 2009, 05:12 PM
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Yeah, I remember something about that. Never got too excited about it. And I'm afraid we're looking at the waning years of film in general. Decent digital cameras are out there now, and are driving film the way of the dodo.
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As far as the original question is concerned, I don't know I guess it could be blue ray disks any day now.


Regarding film: Film is already obsolete, and has been obsolete for a while (2-3 years) now. The proof is that you can no longer buy a new 35mm film SLR anymore, and its been like this since 2006 (or maybe earlier) , which is a pity since film is better format when it comes to capturing best resolution, colour depth and overall a punch on your photograph, but I guess you cannot beat the convinience of digital, the ability to shoot in differnt ISO potentially every photograph in your camera is way too great.

The last great 35 mm SLR you could have bought is the Nikon FM3A, which was last produced in 2006 (doesn't fall in OP category of gadgets that didn't make it), but nevertheless, this is one camera which was very abruptly obsoleted by digital.

Anyone on this forum has FM3A?

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Old 31st January 2009, 06:10 PM
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You are right about film having a few superior qualities. If you are an amateur astronomer film is just about a necessity. Digital doesn't handle the time exposure at all like film.




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As far as the original question is concerned, I don't know I guess it could be blue ray disks any day now.


Regarding film: Film is already obsolete, and has been obsolete for a while (2-3 years) now. The proof is that you can no longer buy a new 35mm film SLR anymore, and its been like this since 2006 (or maybe earlier) , which is a pity since film is better format when it comes to capturing best resolution, colour depth and overall a punch on your photograph, but I guess you cannot beat the convinience of digital, the ability to shoot in differnt ISO potentially every photograph in your camera is way too great.

The last great 35 mm SLR you could have bought is the Nikon FM3A, which was last produced in 2006 (doesn't fall in OP category of gadgets that didn't make it), but nevertheless, this is one camera which was very abruptly obsoleted by digital.

Anyone on this forum has FM3A?
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Old 31st January 2009, 06:03 PM
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"made in America"

Heck, "made in Japan" for that matter...
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