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BradPaula
You are not alone, One Spare Part. I've tried but I've all but given up on the new technology. Got rid of my mobile phone, refuse to get or learn how to use a smart phone and just get along in the technological world on my boxy old desk top. Enough is enough. I want to remain human and not one of those poor souls who cannot live without looking at their palms while walking, eating, or pretty much everything else. Luddites of the world, keep banging the rocks together with glee!
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
One Spare Part
BradPaula wrote:

You are not alone, One Spare Part. I've tried but I've all but given up on the new technology. Got rid of my mobile phone, refuse to get or learn how to use a smart phone and just get along in the technological world on my boxy old desk top. Enough is enough. I want to remain human and not one of those poor souls who cannot live without looking at their palms while walking, eating, or pretty much everything else. Luddites of the world, keep banging the rocks together with glee!

Bang crash thud transported to Australia bang crash boom...well we're not quite that bad but when I pick up my pencil to write, I'll know I'm not alone. Pfft
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
rojkerr1
I like the old stuff, give me a book and not a bloody kindle , give me a dvd instead of a download!
 
rojkerr1
I only got a mobile because my agency insisted, and then they shouted at me for never turning it on...
 
rojkerr1
and my current mobile is a tiny pink nokia, my daughters castoff, Eye phones , strawberries?
 
Ela
Sounds like my spouse. His personal phone is my cast-off "dumb phone". He only has an iPhone (for work) because the people he works for insist on it.

DVDs are great, if you are able to play them. But if you can't, alternatives must be found.
 
Travisina
One Spare Part wrote:
...well we're not quite that bad but when I pick up my pencil to write, I'll know I'm not alone. Pfft


I write with pen. I'm a super-fast-ten-finger-typist (years of office temping in between film jobs) so I can type stuff quickly, but then I print it out and edit in pencil.

I love my smartphone (or 'mobile device' as they're now called) - it rolls into one all the things I used to carry separately - diary, address book, Walkman, still camera, video camera, maps of the Underground, train & bus timetables, London A-Z, Nintendo Gameboy - oh, and mobile phone. But I also have an old Nokia that only does phone calls and texting. The battery lasts a week on a single charge, and it's brilliant and simple, and I love it and won't part with it. Although I tried to get a new battery for it recently, and the phone shop guy got out his box of ancient batteries, but the phone was too old even for those.

I too prefer books to Kindles, though - books don't need batteries, and I can read them in the bath without fear of electrocution Grin
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rojkerr1
i write in pencil in exercise books, my old word processor used to crash and delete my work, so I only trust pen and paper for first drafts
 
Travisina
rojkerr1 wrote:

...my old word processor used to crash and delete my work, so I only trust pen and paper for first drafts

Not just that - things stored on old tech (floppy disks etc) can be irretrievable. My first word processor was a beloved Amstrad PCW. Did so much on that - editing submissions for Horizon zines and newsletters, typing up the Horizon Letterzine - as well as writing my own stories. Luckily I had the foresight to print those out, because several house moves and computers later, they would have been lost forever. I've no idea what happened to those Amstrad floppy disks, and I doubt there's anything that can read them today.
But when I recently wanted to revisit one of those WIP stories and get it finished, I was able to get the printout out of its box file, and get straight to work...
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BountyHunter
If DVDs had truly outlived their usefulness as a media form, they wouldn't still be making them and releasing new stuff on them.

Sorry, I just laugh every time somebody says this.
 
markab2
I'm thinking of updating my lap top, the one I am typing on as we speak is 10 years old, the disk is being kept in place by blu-tack, the battery is dead and the electrical cable is a bit dodgy where the computer cuts out. Do new lap tops still take in DVDs?
 
Ellen York
Mine has one and it is only a couple of years old. "Must have DVD player" was on the list of specifications when I went shopping.
 
Joe Dredd
BountyHunter wrote:

If DVDs had truly outlived their usefulness as a media form, they wouldn't still be making them and releasing new stuff on them.

Sorry, I just laugh every time somebody says this.


I like having things in physical form. I'm not fond of the BBC deal with Audible which means a lot of things they're releasing are digital only (and apparently as a stream you can access rather than a download). It will be interesting to see if the current situation hastens the uptake of digital only. It's obviously easier for the production company as it gets rid of manufacturing, warehouse and transport costs and they can potential have all their releases available permanently.
 
Joe Dredd
markab2 wrote:

I'm thinking of updating my lap top, the one I am typing on as we speak is 10 years old, the disk is being kept in place by blu-tack, the battery is dead and the electrical cable is a bit dodgy where the computer cuts out. Do new lap tops still take in DVDs?


I've seen a lot of laptops without them, but you can certainly buy DVD/Blu-ray drives that plug into a USB port.
 
sweevo
Indeed, I got one as a Christmas present nearly a decade ago (comes with a Y-splitter cable, so 2 USB ports are needed).
 
BountyHunter
Joe Dredd wrote:

BountyHunter wrote:

If DVDs had truly outlived their usefulness as a media form, they wouldn't still be making them and releasing new stuff on them.

Sorry, I just laugh every time somebody says this.


I like having things in physical form. I'm not fond of the BBC deal with Audible which means a lot of things they're releasing are digital only (and apparently as a stream you can access rather than a download). It will be interesting to see if the current situation hastens the uptake of digital only. It's obviously easier for the production company as it gets rid of manufacturing, warehouse and transport costs and they can potential have all their releases available permanently.


Me too. I'll never go digital as long as physical media continues to be released. It's all fine and dandy until your system crashes, or the cloud everything is saved to goes kaput or they decide to take a certain show off the streaming site you use. Then what?

If I pay for something, it damn well is gonna be something I can touch with my hands and put in a shelf.
 
One Spare Part
BountyHunter wrote:

If DVDs had truly outlived their usefulness as a media form, they wouldn't still be making them and releasing new stuff on them.

Sorry, I just laugh every time somebody says this.

I heartily agree. My home has basic I.T. stuff and basic people to run it. Dvds are more understandable to my mind...you take them out of the case and stick em in the machine...job done. Plus everything is in one place easy to find. No downloading, no going to a website to enable stufff ...
Same with books, open and read, mark with an actual bookmark.
I am a simple soul ....mind those comments on that last, you know who I am talking to.
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One Spare Part
Joe Dredd wrote:

BountyHunter wrote:

If DVDs had truly outlived their usefulness as a media form, they wouldn't still be making them and releasing new stuff on them.

Sorry, I just laugh every time somebody says this.


I like having things in physical form. I'm not fond of the BBC deal with Audible which means a lot of things they're releasing are digital only (and apparently as a stream you can access rather than a download). It will be interesting to see if the current situation hastens the uptake of digital only. It's obviously easier for the production company as it gets rid of manufacturing, warehouse and transport costs and they can potential have all their releases available permanently.

As usual the bbc (I can't give them capitals, they don't really deserve it these days), has decided how we as a nation view things. Yes loads of people download/access but many don't but we can get stuffed as far as they are concerned. No reward for being loyal to them.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
markab2
Ellen York wrote:

Mine has one and it is only a couple of years old. "Must have DVD player" was on the list of specifications when I went shopping.


Thanks, l Will do the same. We have a lot of crappy shops here in Gibraltar, ,might order a second hand one online.
 
markab2
Joe Dredd wrote:

markab2 wrote:

I'm thinking of updating my lap top, the one I am typing on as we speak is 10 years old, the disk is being kept in place by blu-tack, the battery is dead and the electrical cable is a bit dodgy where the computer cuts out. Do new lap tops still take in DVDs?


I've seen a lot of laptops without them, but you can certainly buy DVD/Blu-ray drives that plug into a USB port.


Thanks. Not bothering with tax free crap we have here in Gibraltar. Will find one online.
 
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