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13 Tech Sounds You Just Donít Hear Anymore
Laptopmag.com | LiveScience.com via Yahoo ^ | Jun 6, 2012 | By Avram Piltch

Posted on 06/07/2012 10:43:43 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

As we move toward an age of quiet gadgets that do everything possible not to get in our way, we’re losing our appreciation for all the magic under the hood. Not long ago, the sounds our devices made reminded us that they were doing something truly important, whether that task was connecting us to the Internet or bringing us back to the beginning of our favorite VHS movies.

A child born today has a greater chance of hearing a real cloned dinosaur roar than a busy signal. But for those of us who lived through the beginning of the PC revolution, these 13 tech sounds will always be hardcoded into our memories.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: nostalgia; sounds; technology; tones
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Kinda neat!
1 posted on 06/07/2012 10:43:48 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t miss those(except for the dial tone).

Do miss the sound of the oscillating fan at the barbershop, the humming of a water cooler, actual metal bells on shop doors, the steady drizzle of the water spout cleaning the scoops at the Thrifty’s ice cream counter......... and the old hawkers at Cleveland Stadium shouting “Bee-ah hee-ah! Getcha ice cold bee-ah hee-ah!”


2 posted on 06/07/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: US Navy Vet

Anybody sitting near me still gets to hear plenty of clicky keyboard, I hate quiet keyboards, quiet is usually squishy too, they just don’t feel right.


3 posted on 06/07/2012 10:50:58 AM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: US Navy Vet

How about TV station sign-offs, and then static.

Are there any stations anymore that sign-off?


4 posted on 06/07/2012 10:51:21 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: discostu

Yup. I still hear some of those sounds as I refuse to go quietly into the future.


5 posted on 06/07/2012 10:52:48 AM PDT by shelterguy
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How about the fading out of the music on the 8-track,followed by the click of the track change, and the the music fading back in.

Or just the scratches, pops, and clicks of the record player.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 10:57:20 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: US Navy Vet

Even fewer will hear bunker ramo terminal boot success sound. I feel good.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 10:59:17 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (Entropy isn't what it used to be)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yep, I really miss those days of Internet dialup access and waiting 30 minutes before getting past the busy signal. /s


8 posted on 06/07/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: US Navy Vet

There are some sounds I don’t miss; like the suction of the intake, followed by the tail-hook smacking the deck, and the screeching of the fourth arresting gear cable, all right over-head, from the first jet of nite-ops.


9 posted on 06/07/2012 11:04:22 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: US Navy Vet

The clatter of a busy Step Office!
A Model running and the accompanying horn!
A P-51 on a fly by and climb!


10 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:32 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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Yep, I really miss those days of Internet dialup access and waiting 30 minutes before getting past the busy signal. /s

Mainly because people like me had a second phone line and had the computer autodial the ISP around 4pm before I got home from work. Then I had a program running to access the internet every couple of minutes even when I wasn't there to keep the line active.

11 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: GOYAKLA

Correction:
A Model A running and the accompanying horn!


12 posted on 06/07/2012 11:09:24 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: dfwgator

And after waiting 30 minutes you got to connect at 300 baud.


13 posted on 06/07/2012 11:11:12 AM PDT by super7man
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To: BenLurkin

Manual typewriters. Couldn’t hear myself think in some offices with more than a dozen typists pounding at the keys. All at the same time. That and the constant jangling of ringing telephone bells throughout an office space. All day long. Don’t miss that at all.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 11:12:07 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: US Navy Vet

I miss the sounds of a 1403-N1 printer and 1401 card reader. I also miss the “thump” that the access mechanism made when it repositioned on the hard drive. The sound of a vacuum column tape drive auto-loading was musical.


15 posted on 06/07/2012 11:16:59 AM PDT by GingisK
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Newsroom teletype, the analog kind. I don't think I'll ever har that again.
16 posted on 06/07/2012 11:17:47 AM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: Elderberry

You forgot the dragging of the AG cable over the nonskid; 03 berthing forward of the arresting gear, I hear ya shipmate. Funny thing though, you get used to it and when we pull into port, takes a while to get used to the quiet.


17 posted on 06/07/2012 11:20:46 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: US Navy Vet

The sound of steel roller skate wheels on the sidewalk.


18 posted on 06/07/2012 11:22:19 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: US Navy Vet

Interval Signals for Shortwave Radio stations.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 11:22:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The Whir of a Floppy Disk Drive...

Back when our office got their first IBM PC, the secretary used it. We found a DOS program that would throw up an error message: Warning: Water detected in drive A:! It would then display a message Pumping while causing the read heads to rapidly seek back and forth. Then it would say "Starting spin cycle." and proceed to just idly spin the floppy. It was hilarious to watch her first reaction. The program was called "Drain".

20 posted on 06/07/2012 11:22:54 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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