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17th Nov '16 8:18:53 AM Sharlee
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* In ''Literature/RedDragon'', the killer works as a film developer for home movies, a profession now decades obsolete. The film updates this to him working in film-to-video transfer ... ''another'' profession that, if not yet ''completely'' obsolete, is now so obscure that it's a story-breaker: if ''both'' victimized families had been having old filmstrips transferred to video, the FBI's investigators would have noted this incongruity as an immediate common link without the profilers' help.
4th Nov '16 11:42:11 PM CaptEquinox
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** This is why the Weather Channel, back when they actually showed weather forecasts, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXyGA8o_Xw looked like this]].
25th Oct '16 1:05:41 PM Tightwire
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* In IDW's ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye,'' Empurata was the punishment of removing a robot's face and replacing it with a single open box and optic, like a television screen. Roberts suggested that when it became common practice in a BadFuture, to make it more severe the Functionists replaced it with what was basically a text message screen with pop-up-adverts, basically resembling a mobile phone.


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25th Oct '16 12:42:12 PM Tightwire
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There was a time when these specifications would be mockingly contrasted with a then modern counterpart. However, technology has moved on so far and so fast that Chandler's computer is now unimaginably primitive; these days, even a ''low-end'' smartphone is several times more powerful than that in every way, while fitting in the user's pocket and costing considerably less than he would have spent. Because of this, most writers nowadays don't get too specific about computer performance, to avoid sounding dated before long.

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There was a time when these specifications would be mockingly contrasted with a then modern counterpart. However, technology has moved on so far and so fast that Chandler's computer is now unimaginably primitive; these days, even a ''low-end'' smartphone is several times more powerful than that in every way, while fitting in the user's pocket and costing considerably less than he would have spent. Because of this, most writers nowadays don't get too specific about computer performance, to avoid sounding dated before... well, before long.
next week, frankly.
26th Sep '16 11:25:44 AM CapnAndy
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* In ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'', the killer uses a cell phone to call his victims, so Billy is considered a suspect simply because he also has one. The film came out just before cell phones were about to take off, in spite of Billy's protect that "everybody's got one".

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* In ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'', the killer uses a cell phone to call his victims, so Billy is considered a suspect simply because he also has one. The film came out just before cell phones were about to take off, in spite of Billy's protect protest that "everybody's got one".
13th Sep '16 6:02:33 PM VicGeorge2011
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* There's an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his 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 advising 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 ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his 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 advising 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 being able to watch a movie whenever they want.
13th Sep '16 5:34:19 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In the original ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane's=] inability to contact the outside causes him some problems initially, as he's forced to use a captured radio to try and call in the police. If he had had a mobile phone, the movie would have gone ''much'' differently. Humorously, Argyle spends most of the film luxuriating in the fact that he can call his friends on his limo's car phone.

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* In the original ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane's=] inability to contact the outside causes him some problems initially, as he's forced to use a captured radio to try and call in calling the police. If he had had a mobile phone, the movie would have gone ''much'' differently. Humorously, Argyle spends most of the film luxuriating in the fact that he can call his friends on his limo's car phone.
10th Sep '16 3:09:27 PM SpinAttaxx
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* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise has a few characters who in [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the original incarnation of the brand]] turned into at-the-time current technology, most famously Soundwave and his minions (who respectively turn into a (micro)cassette player and cassette tapes). Owing to the fact that no-one uses cassettes anymore, most new toys of the characters either refer to their alt-modes by different names or give them entirely new (or slightly different[[labelnote:*]]such as ''Titans Return''[='=]s "Spy Tablets"[[/labelnote]]) alt-modes entirely.
1st Sep '16 7:31:56 PM merotoker
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So little Timmy is watching a show from the 1990s. In one episode, the characters are all excited because of a new [[VideoGame computer game]] that will be released very soon. A computer game -- on CD-ROM!

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So little Timmy is watching a show from the 1990s. In one episode, the characters are all excited because of a new [[VideoGame [[VideoGames computer game]] that will be released very soon. A computer game -- on CD-ROM!



The mobile phone is actually OlderThanYouThink, though, especially in the form of a "car phone." While expensive and limited in many ways, commercially available car phone technology dates back to the late 1940s, often with radio used to contact an operator, who then would patch the call into the regular phone system. An episode of the 1950s TV series ''{{Superman}}'' shows editor Perry White using the MTS radiotelephone in his car to call his office. There are several episodes of ''PerryMason'' showing Paul Drake using one.

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The mobile phone is actually OlderThanYouThink, though, especially in the form of a "car phone." While expensive and limited in many ways, commercially available car phone technology dates back to the late 1940s, often with radio used to contact an operator, who then would patch the call into the regular phone system. An episode of the 1950s TV series ''{{Superman}}'' shows editor Perry White using the MTS radiotelephone in his car to call his office. There are several episodes of ''PerryMason'' ''Franchise/PerryMason'' showing Paul Drake using one.



* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited Pascal's Triangle Revisited]] Britta points out they don't live in a Creator/JaneAusten novel and can use cell phones to stay in touch over the summer.

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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited "[[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited Pascal's Triangle Revisited]] Revisited]]" Britta points out they don't live in a Creator/JaneAusten novel and can use cell phones to stay in touch over the summer.



* ''{{Rescue 911}}'''s cases were all taken from TheEighties and TheNineties, and a lot could have been made much easier with cell phones. however; during that timeframe, cell phones were expensive, bulky, and all around uncommon.

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* ''{{Rescue ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'''s cases were all taken from TheEighties and TheNineties, and a lot could have been made much easier with cell phones. however; during that timeframe, cell phones were expensive, bulky, and all around uncommon.



** When the series returned to TV in 2005 one major piece of day to day technology that didn't exist when it was last on TV in 1989 was the personal cell/mobile phone. The series acknowledged this by having the companions and the Doctor begin to use them too, with the Doctor "upgrading" his friend's phone to be capable of reaching him through time and space. Once made a big deal of, this is now taken as a given for any ongoing character. Due to the revival itself now having LongRunner status, the phones upgraded by the Doctor back in 2005 are considered well outdated compared to Clara's iPhone of 2015 - as evidenced by the fact that several episodes broadcast in 2015 show her using real-life features of the iPhone that did not even exist for mobile devices in 2005.

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** When the series returned to TV in 2005 one major piece of day to day technology that didn't exist when it was last on TV in 1989 was the personal cell/mobile phone. The series acknowledged this by having the companions and the Doctor begin to use them too, with the Doctor "upgrading" his friend's phone to be capable of reaching him through time and space. Once made a big deal of, this is now taken as a given for any ongoing character. Due to the revival itself now having LongRunner {{Long Runner|s}} status, the phones upgraded by the Doctor back in 2005 are considered well outdated compared to Clara's iPhone of 2015 - as evidenced by the fact that several episodes broadcast in 2015 show her using real-life features of the iPhone that did not even exist for mobile devices in 2005.



* There's an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his 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.

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* There's an episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his 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 advising 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.



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': The game is set in the 2050s, but pay phones are still seen in in public. And this in the same world that has infolinks, which are pretty much radios [[strike:built]] augmented into your head.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': The game is set in the 2050s, but pay phones are still seen in in public. And this in the same world that has infolinks, which are pretty much radios [[strike:built]] augmented into your head.



* The use of double-spacing at the end of sentences. This is a hold-over from the days of typewriters with their monospacing (where every character occupies the same amount of space), to help the period stand out. Such a necessity has long been rendered obsolete by digital word-processors and just plain looks silly when used nowadays, but a lot of older typists (or younger ones taught by them), still use two spaces after periods. Even on this very wiki, though ThatOtherWiki and other [=MediaWiki=]-based wikis generally format pages so only one space is displayed even if more than one is typed into the code for the page.

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* The use of double-spacing at the end of sentences. This is a hold-over from the days of typewriters with their monospacing (where every character occupies the same amount of space), to help the period stand out. Such a necessity has long been rendered obsolete by digital word-processors and just plain looks silly when used nowadays, but a lot of older typists (or younger ones taught by them), still use two spaces after periods. Even on this very wiki, though ThatOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]] and other [=MediaWiki=]-based wikis generally format pages so only one space is displayed even if more than one is typed into the code for the page.



* While a period piece, in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' the Joads have to deal with a broken transmission - they have to find an old one in a junkyard and then install it themselves with only basic hand tools, something only the most hardcore car guys would attempt on a do-it-yourself basis and would require at least a hoist in any post-WW2 vehicle.

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* While a period piece, in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' the Joads have to deal with a broken transmission - they have to find an old one in a junkyard and then install it themselves with only basic hand tools, something only the most hardcore car guys would attempt on a do-it-yourself basis and would require at least a hoist in any post-WW2 post-UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2 vehicle.



* [[Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom Make Room! Make Room!]] (the book on which Film/SoylentGreen is loosely based): The year is 1999. As stated in the book:

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* [[Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom ''[[Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom Make Room! Make Room!]] Room!]]'' (the book on which Film/SoylentGreen ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is loosely based): The year is 1999. As stated in the book:
28th Aug '16 2:17:55 PM jgrif57003
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** "Rewind" is pretty much the only term for going backwards on a recording, as going backwards on a digital recording does not require any obvious motions.
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