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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 23, 2007 08:49AM Reply Quote
I know I'm not the only one here to dabble in old toys and technology. What retro entertainment do other people enjoy?

Commodore
Atari
Coleco
Intellivison
Pong
Merlin
Simon
Betamax
LaserDisc
CD-i
8 Track
Windows XP
Etc.

Simon – December 23, 2007 05:30PM Reply Quote
I was playing Quake III yesterday afternoon at a mates house. I haven't played it for a while and I'd forgotten how much fun it is.

El Jeffe – December 23, 2007 07:08PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I utterly loved every single item in the original post above. Sans one...XP.
Each of the others brings back VIVID memories of childhood tech and wonderment.

What a journey.

Cloudscout – December 23, 2007 07:20PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I remember how cool CD-i was at first. I still have mine somewhere with a bunch of games... including this gem:


El Jeffe – December 24, 2007 03:29AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

Cloudscout – December 24, 2007 05:07AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
No thanks. His beard would tickle.

Madaracs – December 24, 2007 06:43AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
CS>still have mine

Yeah, well... still maybe not the right wording... ;-)

Cloudscout – December 25, 2007 05:02AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Yeah, I got rid of it... twice. I have it again. Heh.

Madaracs – December 25, 2007 09:08AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
It's the boomerang CD-i.


Remember the infomercial? Man, did Philips wanna sell that.

Madaracs – December 26, 2007 05:44AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Spectre anyone?

Cloudscout – December 26, 2007 03:12PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
The unexplained TVGOS outage this week led me to find more information on its predecessor. I actually owned one of the devices but had forgotten its name. I found the information, though.

It was called the VideoGuide and the manufacturer was also called VideoGuide. The device was released in 1995 and was sold at Radio Shack. In fact, Radio Shack still has the product manuals online. The device received its guide data over-the-air via regional pager networks. You got 30 days of free service with the device, after that you paid a monthly subscription fee.

The box did not have a tuner. Rather, it used your existing tuner and had its own bypass switch. When you wanted to view the guide data, it would automatically bypass your cable or antenna feed and would change your TV to channel 3 where it would display the guide screen. You could then browse the guide and select a show and it would turn off the bypass and change the channel on your TV to the channel you selected. It was a pretty clever idea at the time.

In December, 1996, Gemstar bought VideoGuide. 9 months later, they shuttered the VideoGuide service without explanation. They offered a refund to people who shipped their now-useless VideoGuide boxes back to the company. They continued developing the technology but decided to license it to other manufacturers for use in TVs and VCRs. This was called "Guide+".

4 years later, Gemstar bought TV Guide and continued developing the Guide+ product, now under its new name, TV Guide On Screen. In fact, if you try to visit the original website for VideoGuide you get redirected to the TV Guide On Screen website.

Here, you can see the evolution of the interface from 1995's VideoGuide to 2007's TVGOS:

20071226-programguide.gif20071226-tvgos3.gif

El Jeffe – December 26, 2007 03:19PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
looks good for 1995.

What a journey.

Cloudscout – December 26, 2007 03:37PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
It really did. They put a lot of effort into the GUI and managed to squeeze every bit they could out of the 512k of RAM the device had.

The remote control was a very simple device, too. Steve would have been proud of it.

Here is a low-res image of the device and the remote:
20071226-VideoGuide.png

stan adams – December 27, 2007 06:20AM Reply Quote
Interesting too that even way back then they managed to get 7 lines of data on screen, something that only DirectTV now has, Dish has less and Comcast even less...

Madaracs – December 27, 2007 09:24AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Comcast has advertising. Klingon bastards.

John Willoughby – December 27, 2007 11:41AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
>Comcast has advertising. Klingon bastards.

"COMMMMMM!"

Madaracs – December 27, 2007 11:42AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I rarely laugh out loud at work. But every once in awhile JW makes it happen.

El Jeffe – December 27, 2007 12:59PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
you're easy.

What a journey.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 27, 2007 06:00PM Reply Quote
-Swine Flu free since...cough, cough...
That's why we like him.

Madaracs – December 28, 2007 05:29AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
hubba hubba! (and I'm told I'm very reactionary which is why I get teased so much)

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