- A world pre-Internet (and pre-Wifi), pre-cell phone, and pre-GPS
- CRT computer monitors or televisions
- CDs or DVDs (in the same way my generation doesn’t really know about vinyl, but we sort of do; I played Fraggle Rock record over and over when I was younger)
- Carbon copy (even ask some adults today, they can’t tell you what “CC” means in an email)
- Non-optical mouses, and trackballs
- Car antennas
- Land line phones
- the Y2K panic
- Postage stamps that had to be licked
- Cassette tapes, and rewinding
- VHS tapes, and along with this, VHS subscription services, where you’d get one video each month with two episodes of a TV series for $20, and you’d do that every month until you got the whole series, because DVDs didn’t exist, and you couldn’t just download the entire series on iTunes. I bought the entire series of Lost in Space this way from Columbia House when I was younger.
And here’s my “I’m an optimist” list:
- Cars that aren’t auto-driving
- checkbooks (and balancing a checkbook)
- hard drives with moving parts
There are other lists, too. This one looked good. Looking forward to the future. Feeling a little nostalgic, too.