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What in your opinion was better in the days when it was analogue?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I've just been listening to this week's episode of The Digital Human, which marked it's 100th episode by comparing digital technologies with the analogue versions it replaced. By virtue of it being a programme made by people who work in a creative industry rather than specialists in technology, the focus was on creative uses of digital and analogue technologies.

    The general consensus of all the contributors were that digital is here to stay, but all of them lamented something about analogue that got lost when digital replaced it.

    What of you though? Are there aspects of your life that became less satisfying in some way when you were obliged to go digital? Did you prefer the blackboard over the interactive whiteboard for example, because there was a blackboard rubber to throw in the direction of a disruptive student to terrorise the class back to keeping quiet?

    Do you find the vast array of options that digital technology brings a benefit, or does having too much choice hamper you?

    I have to confess I much preferred roll film cameras over digital ones with which I've never taken a decent photograph, but won a few photography competitions with the old-fashioned stuff. The cost of roll film photography focuses the mind better on getting the composition and light right before you click the shutter.

    On the other hand, when I reflect back on my time in medical physics, when computing was still in its infancy, it was often the limitations of analogue that cramped our style.
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  2. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Using a fountain pen or a lead pencil.
  3. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'm not mad keen on anything with a touch screen, especially small touch screens. I can't ever see me using a Kindle instead of a book.

    I prefer analogue watch displays, speedometers and rev counters, even if the underlying technology is digital.

    Digital photography is way too convenient for me to ever return to film.
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  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Nope. This is all nostalgia...almost everything is better today (perhaps only books with illustrations are better than the digital alternative).
  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I lime analogue clocks but I'd like a speedometer that read as a digital display.
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  7. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    How do you mean better? One of the points the programme I referred to was making, is that every time an analogue device becomes digital, something gets lost. An old-fashioned book doesn't need to be charged for example. It does the same thing on a desert island as it does in the city, whereas a kindle would sometimes let you down when it can't be charged.

    We have a digital pressure cooker. It does what it claims, but it's not as good as the old-fashioned ones that sit on the hob, because you're obliged to use a limited number of pre-set times and have no control over the pressure.
  8. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    A book is old-fashioned?:eek:
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  9. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I can read my kindle when the light is poor;
    I can take a library of 100s or 1000s of books etc with me when I travel or move into a smaller home (I had to give away several 100 'real' books last year when we moved);
    I can get new books at any time of day, anywhere with WiFi;
    Kindles actually last for hours on a single charge...I'm not intending to go to a desert island anytime soon...;)
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  10. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    Many analogue things are still around, just not a popular as the digital alternatives are often more 'convenient'.

    I used to enjoy making mixtapes which is much more fun than creating a playlist. It took more time and thought to do (plus often being able to time it just right to record off the radio). I see boom boxes are making a small comeback though - I may have to buy one!
  11. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    The fact I cant be reached easily with old phones and I do not receive text messages with so much frequency
    .Even today I will go out deliberately without my mobiles knowing no one can reach me if I do not want to be found.
    However, in other ways, I find it useful to have the technology. To run web sites, to contact folks quickly to capture a photograph with a lightweight camera, to research items on the web and so on.
    I think we lament the days gone by as better but in the end, it's simply relevant to the life style you have, want or aspire to.
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  12. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    I like analogue ammeters and voltmeters. Digital ones just confuse the students when they flicker between readings and they'll wait indefinitely for it to just show one number.
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  13. dleaf12

    dleaf12 Lead commenter

    As an Electronics Engineer I have to tell you that even a so-called "digital" signal is in fact analogue. Just look at what happens to your nice crisp 010 pulse after it goes down your phone line! - or wonder why your TV gets those square blocky bits when ever its raining outside (or when there are rude bits in the programme but thats different ;)!)...

    But to your questions intent - "digital" has largely killed the mass market for new music in my opinion, since it is too easy to make perfect copies for free, artists find it much much harder to make a decent living based on the merits of their art.

    My Kindle has most of the benefits @FrankWolley mentions (no backlight on mine), except that I often don't pick it up for weeks, by when the battery is flat. My books sit happily on the shelf for months or years on end and boot up instantly when I open them no matter what...

    Digital technology has been of huge benefit in all walks of life, as has analogue, it is a false dilemma to choose between them. Horses for Courses...
  14. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Radio, a thing that is only a radio and nothing else, even though it's probably digital it's not notably any different to analogue in operation. I listen to the radio at my desk while working unless I have to concentrate particularly hard, in the workshop and in the car. In each case I press the button, it starts and that's it.

    I could listen to the radio on my computer or my phone if I could be bothered. The process of opening it up and being faced with a ridiculous choice of stations and then being told what's playing, what was playing, pictures of the presenter, highlights, what I missed yesterday etc. etc. is far too distracting. I much prefer to press a single button and not think about it any further. If I don't like it, 90% of the time I'll turn it off, 10% I'll tune into another station, it's just background entertainment I really don't want to think about exactly what I want to listen to from minute to minute.
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I admit always setting my Fitbit to an analogue clock. Usually this one. Big Ben.

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  16. border_walker

    border_walker Established commenter

    Take mine but rarely switch it on.
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I don't think the acid is good for clocks' innards.
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  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Maleficent does that when she goes shopping.
  19. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


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  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    You've moved to digital sex?
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