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    Obsolete skills

    Were you once able to set the timer on a VCR (I wasn't but my kids were), balance the tone arm of a turntable, use a logarithm table or even do long division ?

    Here's a site that will bring a memory or two back or re-ignite the desire to adjust the horizontal hold on the TV

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    Re: Obsolete skills

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    Were you once able to set the timer on a VCR (I wasn't but my kids were), balance the tone arm of a turntable, use a logarithm table or even do long division ?

    Here's a site that will bring a memory or two back or re-ignite the desire to adjust the horizontal hold on the TV

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    Re: Obsolete skills

    Ooooh there's a few there, like using carbon paper, just reminded me how much I actually used a pen in most of my jobs instead of a keyboard. Remember sitting with the adding machine for hours, never looked at the machine, just the list of numbers and the fingers did the work. Telexing, boy was I glad when the fax machine was invented

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    Re: Obsolete skills

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    Were you once able to set the timer on a VCR (I wasn't but my kids were), balance the tone arm of a turntable, use a logarithm table or even do long division ?
    I had my book of log tables in my hand this lunchtime and I balanced the tone arm of my deck two days ago. I'm not sure I can cope with opening the link, it might upset me.

    How can anyone not be able to do long division?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FG View Post
    I had my book of log tables in my hand this lunchtime and I balanced the tone arm of my deck two days ago. I'm not sure I can cope with opening the link, it might upset me.

    How can anyone not be able to do long division?
    Because we've happily forgotten!!


    I lie, I remember the pain of long division.

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    Re: Obsolete skills

    Long division ?

    I once put garden worms through the cogs of my Mum's mangle,my Dad thought I was a mass murderer.

    I am not proud of it..
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: Obsolete skills

    I finally manned up and opened the link. I'm sure there's still people who do most of those things.

    Adding entries might be a good idea. There's no mention of Veronica, for example.

    I remember how to determine spectrophotometric composition by eye before Lovibond automated their Colorimeters, for example. That was an art in itself but it's so obsolete it's almost forgotten. I was in the Science Museum last year and the number of tools in their display which I'd used in my youth was startling. And yes, they did have a spectroscopic colorimeter.

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    Re: Obsolete skills

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    Long division ?

    I once put garden worms through the cogs of my Mum's mangle,my Dad thought I was a mass murderer.

    I am not proud of it..
    Don't feel bad... I used to put worms up the gas taps in the chemistry lab at school.
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    Re: Obsolete skills

    I've knapped flint. Got a few scars to show for it.

    Logarithms were a complete mystery to me at school. A dark art that only certain people were capable of, like understanding simultaneous equations.

    There are those of us who use our brains and those of us who use our hands. Like I said, I've knapped flint
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    Re: Obsolete skills

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    I've knapped flint. Got a few scars to show for it.

    Logarithms were a complete mystery to me at school. A dark art that only certain people were capable of, like understanding simultaneous equations.

    There are those of us who use our brains and those of us who use our hands. Like I said, I've knapped flint
    I can still skim stones.
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