Quotes: Technology Marches On
"Don't copy! Don't copy that floppy!"
— Well known, but very dated, PSA
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"Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph. (deadly silence) The ... record player? (more silence) It was before CDs. Plastic hadn't been invented yet."
— Arthur's Mr. Ratburn running afoul of this trope
"Whatever happened to Laserdisc? Everything's better on Laserdisc!"
"Metropolis, the City of Tomorrow, last place on the planet with phone booths."
I am a sucker for 90s techno-thrillers about computers, and that I am completely powerless to resist any book that is set, quite literally, “when the information superhighway comes online” in 1998. So crack open a bottle of Zima and put on some Jewel. Because it’s 1995, and people are about to make some very, very embarrassing predictions.
"Don't touch that dial"
— Two phrases once used to mean "stay on our station during the commercial break" that refer to antiquated television technology.
Gordon: You sound funny, like you're in a well. Are you in a well?
Gary: It's called speaker phone, get with the decade, man!
Any data file of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb in size.
— #99 on the Evil Overlord List, c. 1996
What... what is this strange plastic object he's inserting into his stereo? A 'cah-sette', you say? Never heard of them.
"Sixty years from now, it will be a child's toy. But today, it's the most powerful weapon on Earth."
— Vandal Savage on a laptop sent back in time, Justice League
"The antique database server used to have all the RAM anyone would ever need: 16 whole kilobytes!"
"And they probably redesigned the whole sickbay too! I know Engineers, they LOVE to change things!"
— Dr. Leonard McCoy, Star Trek The Motion Picture
''My dad...when he was shown around a computer once, when he was a young man, and the guy showing him 'round very proudly said...it was in the West Country, and he proudly said..."Yes, right. This is a computer, and, erm, we...we predict that, in the future, there will probably be about eight of these."
"One huge advancement the filmmakers totally missed was the explosion of the internet at about the same time the movie came out (in fact, the only reference to the internet is the official site URL in the closing credits—which naturally uses the wrong slashes). Of course, including the internet would have invalidated the story entirely. If one can just download somebody else’s brain recordings, then there’s no need for a dealer like Lenny, and poof!—there goes the whole movie."