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28th Jul '16 8:06:03 PM PaulA
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* The original (circa 1980) edition of ''[[Literature/{{Fudge}} Superfudge]]'' had Peter asking for and receiving a pocket calculator for Christmas. Later editions change the gift to a check from Grandma since, by about 2000, a regular calculator was a standard school supply and could be bought for about a dollar. He asks for a stereo in the original, but only in jest. Current editions have him ask instead for a laptop and mp3 player, and by 2010, it's hard to tell whether the latter was supposed to be an outrageous request.

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* The original (circa 1980) edition of ''[[Literature/{{Fudge}} Superfudge]]'' ''Literature/{{Superfudge}}'' by Creator/JudyBlume had Peter asking for and receiving a pocket calculator for Christmas. Later editions change the gift to a check from Grandma since, by about 2000, a regular calculator was a standard school supply and could be bought for about a dollar. He asks for a stereo in the original, but only in jest. Current editions have him ask instead for a laptop and mp3 player, and by 2010, it's hard to tell whether the latter was supposed to be an outrageous request.
28th Jul '16 8:05:28 PM PaulA
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* In the original print of ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' by JudyBlume, Margaret is instructed in the proper use of a belt to secure her menstrual pad. The invention of menstrual pads with adhesive backing (something often taken for granted these days) had to wait until women's undergarments became snug enough for adhesive pads to be practical, which in turn required the invention of Spandex and cheaper methods of creating inexpensive fine-gauge cotton knits.

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* In the original print of ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' by JudyBlume, Creator/JudyBlume, Margaret is instructed in the proper use of a belt to secure her menstrual pad. The invention of menstrual pads with adhesive backing (something often taken for granted these days) had to wait until women's undergarments became snug enough for adhesive pads to be practical, which in turn required the invention of Spandex and cheaper methods of creating inexpensive fine-gauge cotton knits.
27th Jul '16 9:50:49 PM DesertDragon
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* Speaking of ''Mad'', one of ''Series/MADtv's'' earliest regular sketches was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for EXTREMELY maladjusted individuals. Despite being hilarious, the sketches quickly became dated due to the rise of [[DatingServiceDisaster online dating]], which rendered video dating services obsolete. As a result, the sketch was quietly retired by the late 90's.

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* Speaking of ''Mad'', one of ''Series/MADtv's'' ''Series/{{MADtv}}'s'' earliest regular sketches was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for EXTREMELY maladjusted individuals. Despite being hilarious, the sketches quickly became dated due to the rise of [[DatingServiceDisaster online dating]], which rendered video dating services obsolete. As a result, the sketch was quietly retired by the late 90's.
27th Jul '16 9:49:07 PM DesertDragon
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* Speaking of ''Mad'', one of ''Series/MADtv's'' earliest regular sketches was "Lowered Expectations", a video dating service for EXTREMELY maladjusted individuals. Despite being hilarious, the sketches quickly became dated due to the rise of [[DatingServiceDisaster online dating]], which rendered video dating services obsolete. As a result, the sketch was quietly retired by the late 90's.
27th Jul '16 12:52:48 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Before Marshall and Lily's wedding in 2007, Brad accidentally injuries the photographer and offers to take pictures of the ceremony with his camera phone instead, much to Lilly's horror. Modern audiences used to smartphones that take high resolution images won't understand that back then the quality of a camera phone picture to that of a regular camera was laughable.
24th Jul '16 12:04:12 PM RADIX
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** The second is that fluorescent and some older LED bulbs flicker: fluorescent tubes glow very briefly and need a constant hammering of electrons to stay "constant", while older LED type bulbs are driven by pulse width modulation (PWM), where the LED shifts rapidly between on and off, the proportions of which give off a certain level of light. For some more sensitive people, this causes headaches, and it can be very irritating to many autistics, who can see the flicker and hear the constant humming. The flickering of fluorescent and LED bulbs is dangerous for machines that reciprocate or rotate. If the machine is going at the correct frequency, it may appear to be going slower than it really is, or in the opposite direction, a phenomenon called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_wheel_effect Wagon-Wheel Effect]]. This problem is made worse by the fact that some electric motor designs want to spin at a speed directly related to the AC power line frequency (which is what LED and fluorescent lights normally flicker at). While all three can also be made to not flicker at the line frequency, it takes extra components (and extra cost) so it's not normally done unless there's a reason.

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** The second is that fluorescent and some older LED bulbs flicker: fluorescent tubes glow very briefly and need a constant hammering of electrons to stay "constant", while older LED type bulbs are driven by pulse width modulation (PWM), where the LED shifts rapidly between on and off, the proportions of which give off a certain level of light. For some more sensitive people, this causes headaches, and it can be very irritating to many autistics, people on the autism spectrum, who can see the flicker and hear the constant humming. The flickering of fluorescent and LED bulbs is dangerous for machines that reciprocate or rotate. If the machine is going at the correct frequency, it may appear to be going slower than it really is, or in the opposite direction, a phenomenon called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_wheel_effect Wagon-Wheel Effect]]. This problem is made worse by the fact that some electric motor designs want to spin at a speed directly related to the AC power line frequency (which is what LED and fluorescent lights normally flicker at). While all three can also be made to not flicker at the line frequency, it takes extra components (and extra cost) so it's not normally done unless there's a reason.
15th Jul '16 3:47:50 AM RampinUp46
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Somewhat related are those moments, during not-so-old films, where you realize the entire plot could be resolved with something the world takes for granted today. ({{Cell Phone}}s, [[CellPhonesAreUseless perhaps]].) A related and increasingly common source of humor shows down-on-their-luck characters as only able to afford the kind of older technology found in thrift stores today. Additionally, shows set in the past will often {{lampshade|Hanging}} this for humor.

A {{Long Runner|s}} might even have its earlier episodes/books/etc. have one level of technology, and later installments have more up-to-date technology with little or no HandWave at all.

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Somewhat related are those moments, moments during not-so-old films, films where you realize the entire plot could be resolved with something the world takes for granted today. ({{Cell Phone}}s, [[CellPhonesAreUseless perhaps]].) today - cell phones, for instance. A perfect example of this would be Film/HomeAlone - the film was originally released on November 16, 1990, however within twenty years, the entire movie likely would have lasted about half an hour at ''most'' once you realize that a power outage likely wouldn't have caused a cell phone's alarm clock to reset like an actual alarm clock would, and in post-9/11 America, the family would have had plenty of time to realize that Kevin was missing due to the ''very'' lengthy amount of time it takes to travel through American airports due to security screenings, baggage checks, and so on.[[note]]And "lengthy" is not an exaggeration in this instance - it's often recommended that passengers arrive to the airport ''three hours'' before the flight even takes off for international flights, and all passengers should be at the boarding gate at least thirty minutes before departure. Since the family only had forty-five minutes to get from their house to the airport before the plane took off, they would have effectively missed the flight.[[/note]] And even if CellPhonesAreUseless, the fact that it's now stupidly easy to stay in touch with people these days means that someone could easily get in touch with Kevin at the touch of a button via Skype, social media, or email (among other methods) as opposed to having to go through the hassle of placing an international call Chicago PD to send an officer to the house to check on him.

A related and increasingly common source of humor shows down-on-their-luck characters as only able to afford the kind of older technology found in thrift stores today. Additionally, shows set in the past will often {{lampshade|Hanging}} this for humor.

humor. A {{Long Runner|s}} might even have its earlier episodes/books/etc. have one level of technology, and later installments have more up-to-date technology with little or no HandWave at all.
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10th Jul '16 10:24:24 AM DesertDragon
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** Also inverted when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of her thumbnail, so tiny that it must be kept in a large recharger so that she doesn't keep losing it, and is small enough to get accidentally swallowed.

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** Also inverted Played straight when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of her thumbnail, so tiny that it must be kept in a large recharger so that she doesn't keep losing it, and is small enough to get accidentally swallowed.swallowed. At the time the episode aired, the real-world trend was to make cell phones as small as possible and that was the comical conclusion. But in the 2010's with touchscreen phones taking over the market, there has been a push towards larger screens, and thus, ''larger'' cell phones, making the joke obsolete.
7th Jul '16 6:39:49 AM Luppercus
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* There's an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his favortie John Wayne movie ''Hondo'' that, according to him, airs each 17 years, and of course as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he's Al Bundy]] he missed the film after getting trapped in a store due to a computer malfunction and then after getting knocked off by said computer. When he awakes he hears the channel advicing that they schedule the film to be presented again... in 2011 (the episode aired in 1994). Nowadays modern audiences will have problems grasping the concept of not been able to watch a movie whenever they want.

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* There's an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his favortie favorite John Wayne movie ''Hondo'' that, according to him, airs each 17 years, and of course as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he's Al Bundy]] he missed the film after getting trapped in a store due to a computer malfunction and then after getting knocked off by said computer. When he awakes he hears the channel advicing that they schedule the film to be presented again... in 2011 (the episode aired in 1994). Nowadays modern audiences will have problems grasping the concept of not been able to watch a movie whenever they want.
7th Jul '16 6:38:32 AM Luppercus
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* There's an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his favortie John Wayne movie ''Hondo'' that, according to him, airs each 17 years, and of course as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he's Al Bundy]] he missed the film after getting trapped in a store due to a computer malfunction and then after getting knocked off by said computer. When he awakes he hears the channel advicing that they schedule the film to be presented again... in 2011 (the episode aired in 1994). Nowadays modern audiences will have problems grasping the concept of not been able to watch a movie whenever they want.
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