Over the last couple of months we’ve been exploring bits of kit with our marketing girl and looking back at how technology has evolved from the humble punch card to online cloud storage. In honour of all things love this Valentine’s Day, we take a look at tech and gadgets that we once loved or were all the hype but have now become distant memories and recyclables.

BETAMAX

Betamax

Before DVD, before VHS, there was Betamax.
Released by Sony a year before VHS, the Betamax revolutionised home video viewing in the early 80s. The tapes were smaller, the recorders were able to reproduce colour better and it allowed you to ‘bookmark’ at certain parts of the tape with APS (Auto Programme Search). So ultimately in a number of ways, Betamax was much better than VHS but like the modern day HD-DVD, it lost the battle to VHS and was the first of the two to end up in the gadget graveyard .


 

Nokia 62 30

nokia62 30

If we weren’t now required to access emails and online resources we think our CEO Tim would most likely still have this phone (actually he still has one in the draw but of course only uses it for emergencies).With the Nokia 62 30, it only took four clicks to dial a number, was compact and had a 10 day stand by time. Today’s phones now often require you to carry around a charger and cable anywhere you go to make sure you don’t run out of battery. With the Nokia phone you could talk for days and days and not worry about where your nearest plug was.

Sony Vaio Notebook  PCG GRT785B

Sony Vaio Notebook

While the replacement was lighter, shinier, faster and had better storage resolutions, Tracey our new Business Management Director still loved her Sony Vaio Notebook PCG GRT785B.
“Like an old reliable friend, it seemed fast with its Intel 4 Processor and 2.66 Ghz processor, 512MB of memory and it had a ‘huge’ 60GB hard drive when I purchased it.  The screen was 15” diagonally – perfectly square. Videos and graphics were crystal clear because of the nVidia Graphics card, it had been my pride and joy! After the battery finally gave up I had no choice but to replace it with a new and better version but for a while I missed my Sony Vaio…”

Donkey Kong

Nintendo donkey kong

Vicki our marketing guru’s lost love, a Nintendo classic, was simple and most importantly helped her while away on long journeys.

“Not being a great fan of technology (you could even go as far as to term me a technophobe), I purposefully steered clear of technological advances throughout the noughties but one piece of technology which I do miss from my childhood is my Nintendo Donkey Kong Game & Watch (a mini handheld double screen flip up console). Brought as a present from America by my Dad on a business trip, most probably in the late 80s/early 90s, it became a staple piece of entertainment for long journeys or for escapism from little sisters.

Donkey Kong’s game play is very simple compared to the behemoths of strategy that are out there nowadays. You (Mario) have to avoid the barrels that are thrown at you by jumping over them. You start off at the bottom screen and make your way up to the princess being held captive by Donkey Kong. As soon as you get to the top, you have to time it right to grab the crane to remove the steel bars Donkey Kong is standing on. After removing Donkey Kong’s platform, you have saved the princess. The speed and intensity of the game increased as you progressed higher.

I loved it because of its simplicity and relatively short length. If you won, you did so quickly and if you lost, you were able to get back to where you were quickly. Perhaps I’m coming across as someone with a concentration problem here?! More truthfully it would be a patience issue! Whatever the psychology, I loved my Donkey Kong Game & Watch!”

Sony SRF-220

1984 Sony SRF-220

Last but by no means least, James’s lost love comes straight from the 80’s…
“I miss my Sony SRF-220 AM FM Stereo Card-Size Radio. It was white, had its own recharging station, had a single earpiece, not even stereo but was much loved. I even took it to school with me as it was so small that I could stick it in my inside pocket and thread the earpiece up my sleeve so I could listen to radio in class… those were the days….1984 tech was great!”
Did you ever have a gadget that you wish was still around today? Let us know your lost loves on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Images by:  NessterFrancis BijlCharlie Brewer

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