And they probably still can’t program them.
Two words: VCR Plus+.
Crazy by itself. But even crazier when I realize: I don’t even have a DVD player in my home anymore.
I digitized all the DVDs in my collection about two years ago. I have since been giving away my DVDs to friends and family who still own that technology. The closest thing that I own to a DVD player is an iMac, which sits in our office/guest bedroom, so not in a place that is often used for movie watching. My wife’s family, every so often, gives us DVDs as gifts, which I promptly digitize, using said iMac, and give away, or else, put in my pile of DVDs that no one wants. I don’t consider myself to be special in this regard, but I know that my wife’s parents still have a DVD player, VCR, and a host of VHS tapes and DVDs that they still use. Hell, my parents still own a cassette player!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.