Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z - R



For my A to Z Challenge theme I will be posting items that are no longer with us or are close to becoming extinct.



These are great items to use if you are trying to set a time period in your story or to stay away from if you want your story to be timeless.

Radio Shack The makers of the first home computer the TRS - 80 (To see it in action watch "War Games") is about to exist only in memory, just like that computer.

Roller balls in the computer mouse. Replaced by a red light. Image result for rollerball mice

Rolodex The way we stored important phone numbers before our phones did everything for us.  I am amazed at how many items that I have put on this list that have been replaced by the smart phone.Image result for rolodex

Rotary dial phones.  There is a funny scene with rotary dial phones in both "Aliens in the Attic" and "In & Out".  If you have not seen "In & Out" you are missing out! It is a must see.
These phones made winning call-in contests unbearable. You would sit and anxiously wait for the dial to spin back into place so you could dial the next number.  

Happy Writing!




11 comments:

  1. Hi Kat - Roladexes were my favourite and I still have one - which I really should R for Resuscitate ... cheers Hilary

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    1. The more you used them the more frequently you needed to replace the cards. They got tattered quickly. That is why I chose the photo of the well worn rolodex as that was how mine looked.

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    1. I did too. I have had so much fun researching for this little project.

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  3. My first couple of computers were TRS-80 Color Computers! I kinda miss them. Of course my phone is something on the order of 2 million times more powerful. I do have a TRS-80 emulator on my phone just for fun!

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. We couldn't afford one so I had to go to a friends to use one. They had a computer and an atari! They were so lucky.

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  4. You just reminded me that I didn't like cleaning the rubber ball in the mouse and that I really ought to spray some canned air into that red light hole to get ride of any dust. :-)
    Take 25 to Hollister
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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    1. Every crumb or piece of dirt stuck to them and the more you tried to clean them the junk just stuck inside. I never thought about cleaning the light. Good idea.

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  5. No idea you didn't get roller balls in mice any more. With the laptops, I haven't used a mouse in so long.

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    1. I don't mind the track pad, but I know so many people who carry a mouse with them for their laptop.
      Cleaning the roller ball was a bit of a pain.

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  6. We still have a rotary phone AND a rolodex. Both continue to come in handy.

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