Skip to comments.13 Tech Sounds You Just Donít Hear Anymore
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, were 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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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!”
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.
How about TV station sign-offs, and then static.
Are there any stations anymore that sign-off?
Yup. I still hear some of those sounds as I refuse to go quietly into the future.
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.
Even fewer will hear bunker ramo terminal boot success sound. I feel good.
Yep, I really miss those days of Internet dialup access and waiting 30 minutes before getting past the busy signal. /s
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.
The clatter of a busy Step Office!
A Model running and the accompanying horn!
A P-51 on a fly by and climb!
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.
A Model A running and the accompanying horn!
And after waiting 30 minutes you got to connect at 300 baud.
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.
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.
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.
The sound of steel roller skate wheels on the sidewalk.
Interval Signals for Shortwave Radio stations.
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".
We loaded that on a co-worker’s PC as a gag but for some reason it ran at too high of a speed to get the full effect.
They usually try reeducation first. Watch the last half of The Killing Fields to see their SOP
The apex of which was the Dot Matrix Symphony, an actual musical stage performance using multiple dot matrix printers.
I always said the policy should be:
Do Not Rewind After Viewing
Do you see the wisdom? That way everyone must rewind before they view!
hah.... i slept under the THIRD wire... but I worked night shift, so i got to listen to it all day while trying to sleep.... SCCRREEECHHHHH.... BANG... WHOOOSH..... DRAGGING SOUND....SLAPPING OF WIRE WHILE COMING BACK UNDER TENSION.. then about a minute later, repeat..
it was musical except for those times you instead heard the irritating fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap sound.
The Iomega Zip Drive “Click of Death”
Yep, that was irritating. Splice kit, here we come! Funny when you mentioned it.
On board I could sleep through anything.
But when I got to sleep at my rent house on the beach. I had to take my pocket watch and bury it in the dresser under my shorts or I couldn’t sleep because of all that dang ticking.
on the fid I slept under the third wire... on the kennedy it was under the starboard bow cats... i worked the flight deck, plane captain
KYW News in Philadelphia used to keep a microphone live in the teletype machine as background sound for cutting news stories. They switched to a recorded teletype sound rather than live sounds due to announcers running to the machine, reading the story and immediately responding with swear words!
I think they still use the recorded sounds of the teletype machine on their news broadcasts.
You can still hear them out there, although I wonder how many of us still listen to shortwave. It might be a really smart thing for people to rediscover SW radio right about now. Just a guess...
Great historical collection of interval signals here: http://www.intervalsignals.net.
I’m dating myself as I too remember that sound from the old Univac 1100 data tapes.
I still go to that site occasionally. Brings back a lot of memories...unfortunately most of the big broadcasters have abandoned SW to North America.
I remember going into the control room when all the equipment was down.
The silence was deafening.
It’s amazing what you get desensitized to.
I still use a regular keyboard, work better for my big hands. And I still get a dial tone on work phone.
Good Gravy, I hear at least 5 or six on this list at least every week if not every day! The husband’s cheap boss has dial-up AOL for the win98 office computers (I’m the “tech help”) yes, you get a busy signal when you call when he’s online. Plus, we buy bunches of “new to us” vhs movies for 25 cents at used bookstores. Heck, I just bought some cassettes for my walkman.
Well, its the only way to discuss those sounds. ;-D
I miss those big machines. They had a majestic feeling that could never be duplicated with commodity PCs.
I will occasionally dream about them, but not so much anymore. A dream that holds prospects of doing software on an IBM 1130 will make me wake up in a cold sweat; however, I really loved the 1130 and the 360.
I used a Univac 1108 at Redstone Arsonal, and found it rather pleasant. I worked a lot of different computers in the 1970/80s. Most people haven't heard of some of them.
The “DING” at the end of the line on a typewriter
Hah! I grew up with swamp coolers in the windows that made soothing sounds all night long.
I now have oscillating fans all over my house and just can’t sleep, winter or summer, without one on and blowing on me.
“The clatter of a busy Step Office!”
I worked in a step office for a few years - and will never
forget when a local radio station had a “call-in” where
listeners would be (for instance) the 10th caller to win a
prize or tickets, the place would go wild.
What a sound!
I don’t miss the sound of punchcard readers.
There seem to be fewer stations on SW these days, but a lot more action on the ham bands. In any event, I’ve got a 2-meter rig and I’m studying for my license. I do have a feeling it may come in handy.
From an old TTY repairman. ;)