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Old 06-09-2019, 07:43 AM
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Favorite outdated columns

Last week there was a column on the front page that mentioned the electron gun at the back of your TV or computer monitor.

Not mine!

But how about a whole column that is hoplessly out of date? I was searching for whatever happened to VCR Plus+. (I know that "++" in computer lingo means add 1, but "Plus+"?) That remote-like thing where you punch in some number from TV Guide and it'll automatically have your VCR record the show. I had one but threw it out a looong time ago.

I knew that the encoding for the shorter codes was worked out and wondered if the longer ones were ever cracked. (They were.) Anyway, the Wikipedia article on it linked to an old SD column on it from 1993. (So short codes only are discussed.)

Wow, what a column!

I don't see TubaDiva putting this on the front page unless the whole point is to do retro stuff.

Anybody got any more such old favorites? Stuff that was interesting years ago but now is not a thing at all.

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