Olds go nostalgic for the good old days of tech

We prefer DVDs to streaming as it has more permanence. I don’t like the streaming business because it requires a subscription–and which one do you choose? Britbox for BBC, or Paramount for Star Trek? Or what??? So we’ll probably still be getting DVDs, at least as long as they’re available.

We also have Perry Mason DVDs but haven’t re-watched them in a while. We have watched “Love Actually” every Christmas for quite a while now. That or “When Harry Met Sally” on New Year’s Eve.

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Streaming was a pretty good option when it was just Netflix doing it… you might not find what you wanted at a specific time, but it was a single payment and pretty broad selection. Main problem being that it was difficult to predict how long something would be accessible or what would be accessible.

Since everyone else started wanting a piece of the pie, everything’s gone downhill fast. Now there’s multiple walled gardens that all want their own “exclusive” content, to force you to give them ever-climbing subscription fees for less content and even less certainty of how long you can access that content. Disney’s recent decisions to drop content that had only recently been put out, for instance… and they’ve made themselves the only (legal) place to stream their shows, too.

Which is why I have my own Plex server, and mostly buy physical copies and rip them for myself. Not as easy to get new content, but at least I know everything on it will remain available as long as I care about it. But if physical copies end up getting phased out entirely, things are going to get downright dystopian.

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Reminds me of how Luke had Artoo sneak his lightsaber through Jabba’s security.

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I wanted one of those so bad when I was a kid. Probably would’ve been one of those things I just played with for a week and then just took up space though.

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Interesting that the computer has the same name as the computer in the novel by DF Jones.

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Huh. I thought they did away with that long ago. But I also switched to Duckduckgo long ago, so maybe they revived it for awhile when I wasn’t using it and didn’t notice?

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… I’m probably a nano master now but it’s left me thinking maybe I should’ve learned emacs instead

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For real. I just thought, maybe I’ll try nano. I’m on a mac and the goddamned control / command emfuckerance, with control being the thing that is not easily remapped without having to eliminate the prroperr position of the command key without having to remap all yr godsfuckingshit app program thingys.

I feel better now. Aneurysm averted.

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This still looks like the future to me.

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I actually had to do a live database query on a production database tonight. It was a trivial thing, just set the status of something to zero so it doesn’t try (and fail) to send emails. But wow. actually touching the production database at all feels so weird and wrong now.

When I think back, we used to do that all the time and that’s just how stuff was done. But now that’s 15 years or more behind us. Now we have proper processes and procedures and review and everything. Except on those rare occasions when something breaks on deployment night. Then you have to ride in like an old-timey cowboy and do the unthinkable.

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The boxen? Definitely, but that suit and tie is kind of breaking the spell for me, lol

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The “Ghost of Steve Jobs Future.”

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He was smart to switch to the mock turtlenecks.

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If Jobs wants to wear a bow tie, he wears a bow tie. The Universe will bend to him!

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These two just pose well together.

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