A list of obsolete skills- which ones do you still have?
I remember putting pennies on the arm of the record player to make it skip less.
I remember playing around with IRQs to get the sound on Day of the Tentacle to work on my computer.
I remember messing with the tracking controls on my parents’ VCR, though I never understood what that actually did until now.
Maybe I could have set a VCR to tape something. But there was almost never anything on that seemed worth that much bother.
I learned BASIC in high school.
I had to learn to use log tables in Algebra 2 in high school. I did not understand what was going on with those. I only actually understood logs when we used them in chemistry class and we were required to use calculators to find them. (They became really intuitive for me from playing a Nintendo game called Destiny of an Emperor, though)
When I was a science aide in high school, I used a mimeograph machine (that is the one with the weird-smelling purple ink, right? We called it a “ditto machine”, and the copies were called “dittos”.)
I have untwisted phone cords. I even had a little swivelling device for a while that was supposed to keep the phone cord from twisting (it allowed you to twist the handset around, but it twisted freely and kept the twisting from getting to the cord).
I could probably use a rotary phone if I had to, though I’ve never used a pencil to dial one (my nails won’t grow long enough to need that).
I remember using a pencil or my finger to get the tape back into a cassette tape.
I remember card catalogs.
I remember flash bulbs and flash cubes.
I have used dip pens and fountain pens, but only in art class for calligraphy or pen-and-ink drawing- never for writing.
Until we got married in 2003, Mr. Neville lived in an apartment in Oakland with a crappy old fridge that we periodically had to defrost by chiseling out the ice from the freezer. He did some damage to the fridge that way once, I think. I vaguely remember my mom defrosting the fridge in the house we lived in until the mid-80s. It was a turquoise fridge, and could well have come with the house in 1963- we certainly had it as long as I could remember.