The Price of Old Technology

I do actually have one of those brick analogue “mobile” phones. Mostly workmen and bus drivers had them. By the time they got to the general public the smaller mobile phones where you could just call and text came in. The text was one line at a time. The 8 track cassettes didn’t really take off here in Australia. Some people had them in their cars but most people had a cassette player which they fitted after purchasing the car.The 8 tracks were too big and clunky. It was the Sony walkmans which were the big technology breakthrough for mobile technology, closely followed by the discmans. I loved my walkman. It went everywhere with me because it was so small!! It is a good idea to look at where we have been. We can take so much for granted and a video like this reminds us we have achieved so much in terms of technology. The tech developers have worked long and hard and we have a very creative world where we can now print 3D ribcages for people and save their lives. We have to constantly adapt but when you look back I think you can say it was worth it. I love older technology, though. It was solid and you had your own copies of everything and you tended to interact with it in a more complex fashion. You could learn to install your own cassette deck in a car and album art was in a league of its own. Was it better? No, it was there. Like what we have now is here. Tomorrow it will be there. It always amazes me how some things hold their price and other things just vanish into oblivion. Why would that mobile brick be worth $4000? We run on digital carriers now.

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