History Main / TechnologyMarchesOn

1st May '16 11:53:38 PM MsChibi
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* In the same vein, pay phones have disappeared from some areas but still remain in others. In some areas, the government has stepped in to prevent payphones from being taken out of service because they're still commonly used by the poor. It might also be cheaper to keep a payphone in operation than to erect a cellphone tower in a remote location where few people would use the cell service. And, on the other side of the coin, many cities went out of their way during the 1990s to remove pay phones in order to curtail their use as anonymous contact points for drug dealers, who are now forced to make do with disposable prepaid "burner" phones instead. In many places, especially in railway stations and airports, phone booths have been replaced by public terminals, that still function as payphones if you really need one, but their main function is to allow Internet access for tourists without laptops.

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* In the same vein, pay phones {{Pay Phone}}s have disappeared from some areas but still remain in others. In some areas, the government has stepped in to prevent payphones from being taken out of service because they're still commonly used by the poor. It might also be cheaper to keep a payphone in operation than to erect a cellphone tower in a remote location where few people would use the cell service. And, on the other side of the coin, many cities went out of their way during the 1990s to remove pay phones in order to curtail their use as anonymous contact points for drug dealers, who are now forced to make do with disposable prepaid "burner" phones instead. In many places, especially in railway stations and airports, phone booths have been replaced by public terminals, that still function as payphones if you really need one, but their main function is to allow Internet access for tourists without laptops.


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* Due to the proliferation of cell phones, and nationwide long-distance calling, it's very rare that one would ''actually'' have to place a collect (or reverse-charge) phone call these days. It's also important to note that some VoIP services are unable to accept collect calls.
1st May '16 11:30:42 PM MsChibi
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See also ComputerEqualsTapeDrive, ScienceMarchesOn, and some examples of AluminumChristmasTrees. LongRunnerTechMarchesOn is when this happens InUniverse. Contrast IWantMyJetpack, where the writers ''over''estimated the advance in technology. A fictional world where Technology ''doesn't'' march on despite the passage of time is in MedievalStasis.

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See also ComputerEqualsTapeDrive, ScienceMarchesOn, WhatAreRecords, and some examples of AluminumChristmasTrees. LongRunnerTechMarchesOn is when this happens InUniverse. Contrast IWantMyJetpack, where the writers ''over''estimated the advance in technology. A fictional world where Technology ''doesn't'' march on despite the passage of time is in MedievalStasis.
27th Apr '16 2:09:54 AM aye_amber
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* In ''TheSpaceOdysseySeries'' [[TheSpaceOdysseySeries by the year 3,000]] humanity has developed technology to match song lyrics to the EarWorm stuck in your head for you for a fee... uh... it's called a search engine and it's free.

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* In ''TheSpaceOdysseySeries'' [[TheSpaceOdysseySeries ''Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries,'' by the year 3,000]] 3,000 humanity has developed technology to match song lyrics to the EarWorm stuck in your head for you for a fee... uh... it's called a search engine and it's free.
21st Apr '16 9:24:47 AM HumanTorch2
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And Timmy says, "'[=CD-ROM=]s?"

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And Timmy says, "'[=CD-ROM=]s?"
"[[{{WhatAreRecords}} CD-ROM]]s?"
19th Apr '16 7:25:13 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': A particularly glaring example of "Technology Marches On" occurs in the episode "The Tape Recorder". Walter Denton causes trouble by purchasing an outrageously expensive tape recorder (Nearly $200 in 1950 funds!) for Madison High School - in the grips of Mr. Conklin's latest economy drive. [[http://www.prestohistory.com/Presto5.html A circa 1950 tape recorder, incidentally, isn't a small device, but one of the huge reel-to-reel affairs seen here]]. HilarityEnsues as Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin are forced to explain the purchase to school board head Mr. Stone. Even more HilarityEnsues when the records Walter Denton made are played back in a mixed-up state.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': A particularly glaring example of "Technology Marches On" occurs in the episode "The Tape Recorder". Walter Denton causes trouble by purchasing an outrageously expensive tape recorder (Nearly $200 ($385 in 1950 funds!) for Madison High School - in the grips of Mr. Conklin's latest economy drive. [[http://www.prestohistory.com/Presto5.html A circa 1950 tape recorder, incidentally, isn't a small device, but one of the huge reel-to-reel affairs seen here]]. HilarityEnsues as Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin are forced to explain the purchase to school board head Mr. Stone. Even more HilarityEnsues when the records Walter Denton made are played back in a mixed-up state.
19th Apr '16 5:25:06 PM swoope95
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** Also inverted when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of mer 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 when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of mer 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.
19th Apr '16 5:23:34 PM swoope95
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** Also inverted when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of mer thumbnail, so tiny that it must be kept in a large recharger so that she doesn't keep losing it, and is small enough for get to accidentally swallow.

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** Also inverted when Amy herself has a cell-phone about the size of mer thumbnail, so tiny that it must be kept in a large recharger so that she doesn't keep losing it, and is small enough for to get to accidentally swallow.swallowed.
16th Apr '16 11:00:39 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Racing simulators such as ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport'' and ''Videogame/GranTurismo'' often showcase the huge gap in automotive performance over the years. In ''Forza'', for example, the roaring first-generation [[CoolCar Mustang GT]] will get curb-stomped around a race track by a modern Ford hatchback due to the newer car's better power delivery, tires, and more advanced transmission. However, [[MagikarpPower as older cars often end up being more upgradeable due to their layout and simple design]], allowing tuned muscle cars to thrash (lower-end) supercars around the track.

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* Racing simulators such as ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport'' and ''Videogame/GranTurismo'' often showcase the huge gap in automotive performance over the years. In ''Forza'', for example, the roaring first-generation [[CoolCar Mustang GT]] will get curb-stomped around a race track by a modern Ford hatchback due to the newer car's better power delivery, tires, and more advanced transmission. However, [[MagikarpPower as older cars often end up being more upgradeable due to their layout and simple design]], allowing tuned muscle cars to thrash (lower-end) supercars around the track.
16th Apr '16 3:06:44 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* The use of double-spacing at the end of sentences, like this.[[color:white:--]]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, like this.[[color:white:--]]This 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.
16th Apr '16 2:41:48 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* For the most part the actual [[http://www.oldatheart.co.uk/old-phone-4.jpg telephone dial]] became obsolete long before you were born, but the term 'dialing' survives.
** Nor do you hang or place the phone on a cradle anymore to disconnect - you press a button. It's still called "hanging up", though.

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* For the most part the actual [[http://www.oldatheart.co.uk/old-phone-4.jpg telephone dial]] became obsolete long before you were born, by the 1980's, but the term 'dialing' survives.
** Nor do you hang or place the phone on a cradle anymore to disconnect - -- you press a button. It's still called "hanging up", though.
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