I was musing to myself that the return of vinyl records and turntables would be just the kind of thing that I’d expect Ikea to jump on. I imagined an Ikea made turntable that matched their minimalist furniture offerings, probably with an unpronounceable (unless you are Swedish) name and was placed strategically in that Ikea meets the Crystal Maze type showroom that you can never escape.
Then I realised that Ikea had already started making bluetooth speakers so maybe, I thought, my fanciful random thought wasn’t too far of the mark.
And then I searched a bit more…and…
We’ve come a long way.Or have we? (as Hilary Mantel might say). I was looking through some old archived Argos catalogues online and was struck by how standard the offerings were throughout the decades. Just the technology changed. Home furnishings, garden accessories, tat we don’t really need. Nothing particularly radical. The same but different.
Dreamt I lived in a future world where 4:3 ratio CRT TV’s were still the norm & there was but 4 TV channels. It was future bliss.
Image by under Carbon Arc under this creative commons licence
Peanuts on CED
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence on CED also still shrink wrapped
Thomas Dolby Live Wireless CED still shrink wrapped
Just acquired a clutch of defunct media format discs. In this case PAL format CED video discs, many still (just about) shrink wrapped. CED was a short lived (early 80s) alternative to laserdisc which was also analogue (well analogue video and analogue and/or digital audio) but is basiclly an analogue grooved vinyl record in a protective caddy.
Sadly though a vintage player came with the bundle it needs some light TLC because a small disc loading belt inside has perished. Hopefully once replaced some of these curiosities might even play.
Interestingly CED was pushed hard by RCA but the fight and eventual failure probably broke RCA as a company. We may be incredulous that video could have been stored on a vinyl disc but a very similar technology is strapped to the Voyager spacecraft that is now leaving our galaxy. A cartridge and stylus for playback is even supplied for any ET how may one day intercept the craft. A gold analogue video disc was cutting edge technology when Voyager left Earth.
Possibly a whole-hunka-voters that none of the political mainstream really want. Cynical? Moi?
Apple’s iWork in the cloud still seems a bit under the radar despite recent announcements. Tried it recently on a Ubuntu compy. Screams at me for using Firefox (Chrome preferred it says) but otherwise fun to use.