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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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To: shelterguy

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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To: dfwgator
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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To: PowderMonkey
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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To: US Navy Vet
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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To: US Navy Vet
If we do not get the progressives in both parties out of power... you will be hearing only the cry of the hungry and miserable and the distinctive clink of the locks on the cells that the communists will use to imprison us Conservatives while we await execution.

LLS

21 posted on 06/07/2012 11:24:19 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: USMCPOP

Yup!

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.


22 posted on 06/07/2012 11:25:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: LibLieSlayer
distinctive clink of the locks on the cells that the communists will use to imprison us Conservatives while we await execution.

They usually try reeducation first. Watch the last half of The Killing Fields to see their SOP

23 posted on 06/07/2012 11:28:19 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: US Navy Vet
Dot Matrix Printout ... There was something hypnotically relaxing about the sound of the chirpy print moving from left to right as reams of paper slowly pulled past it.

The apex of which was the Dot Matrix Symphony, an actual musical stage performance using multiple dot matrix printers.

24 posted on 06/07/2012 11:30:00 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: US Navy Vet
"lived in constant fear that, if we forgot to be kind and rewind"

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!


25 posted on 06/07/2012 11:32:59 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Elderberry

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..


26 posted on 06/07/2012 11:35:11 AM PDT by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)
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To: GingisK
The sound of a vacuum column tape drive auto-loading was musical.

it was musical except for those times you instead heard the irritating fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap sound.

27 posted on 06/07/2012 11:35:58 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: joe fonebone; Elderberry

What Ship(s)?


28 posted on 06/07/2012 11:41:33 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: commish

The Iomega Zip Drive “Click of Death”


29 posted on 06/07/2012 11:43:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: commish
...the irritating fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap fwap sound...

Yep, that was irritating. Splice kit, here we come! Funny when you mentioned it.

30 posted on 06/07/2012 11:43:17 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: joe fonebone

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.


31 posted on 06/07/2012 11:43:19 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: US Navy Vet

Lex 74-78


32 posted on 06/07/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: Elderberry

Independence 80-84


33 posted on 06/07/2012 11:46:33 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Reminds me of the humorous video of: 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMLH_QyPTYM
34 posted on 06/07/2012 11:47:54 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: US Navy Vet

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


35 posted on 06/07/2012 11:48:36 AM PDT by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)
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To: oyez

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.


36 posted on 06/07/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: dfwgator
Interval Signals for Shortwave Radio stations.

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.

37 posted on 06/07/2012 11:50:14 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: GingisK

I’m dating myself as I too remember that sound from the old Univac 1100 data tapes.


38 posted on 06/07/2012 11:51:55 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: andy58-in-nh

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.


39 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: tired&retired

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.


40 posted on 06/07/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: US Navy Vet
I miss the sound of the cassette tape HD kicking in for an hour trying to find
that one line of code that was entered wrong, and not found because it was entered wrong.
41 posted on 06/07/2012 11:59:33 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: discostu

I still use a regular keyboard, work better for my big hands. And I still get a dial tone on work phone.


42 posted on 06/07/2012 12:01:34 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


43 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:23 PM PDT by Southern Magnolia
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To: tired&retired
I’m dating myself...

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.

44 posted on 06/07/2012 12:03:09 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: discostu

The “DING” at the end of the line on a typewriter


45 posted on 06/07/2012 12:05:25 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


46 posted on 06/07/2012 12:06:11 PM PDT by sheana
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To: GOYAKLA

“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!


47 posted on 06/07/2012 12:07:30 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: GingisK

I don’t miss the sound of punchcard readers.

chunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunk(pause)
chunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunkchunk


48 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:02 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: dfwgator

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.


49 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:08 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: oyez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP9LWUIWvpU

From an old TTY repairman. ;)


50 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:49 PM PDT by Roccus
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