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The Ace

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I ran out and bought one of these when they were first released.

I saw what kodak were trying to do at the time, and waited for the bump.

While the disc was a flop (the negative was just too small) the improvements to film that made it possible were astounding when carried over to 35mm.

What got me was Advanced Photo System (APS) which must've taken millions to develop, only for digital to remove its market overnight.
 

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I saw what kodak were trying to do at the time, and waited for the bump.

While the disc was a flop (the negative was just too small) the improvements to film that made it possible were astounding when carried over to 35mm.

What got me was Advanced Photo System (APS) which must've taken millions to develop, only for digital to remove its market overnight.
You do realize that Kodak had the technology for digital photography first, but did not pursue it? I don't know why, but I suspect that they didn't see it as anything that would help their business, and in that they were right.

Photos: The history of the digital camera
 

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You do realize that Kodak had the technology for digital photography first, but did not pursue it? I don't know why, but I suspect that they didn't see it as anything that would help their business, and in that they were right.

Photos: The history of the digital camera
I think they didn't realise its full potential and, to be fair, very few did at that time. Fuji did but that's about it. Professional photographers were convinced it would never deliver the quality that film did. SF authors, right up until digital imagery became commonplace, still had chemical photography in the far future. A classic for that was Asimov in The Caves of Steel; his robots had positronic brains, but the one of the points that the whole crime case of that book hinged on was the fogging of camera film by radiation. There are many things that have been missed over the years by future predictors, but I've always been fascinated by how blind we all were to the future of digital imagery, especially as I work in that field and we are still printing using a chemical printer! Though we do print from digital images! Our printer exposes photographic paper with a laser and it is then processed chemically.

Disclosure: we'll probably be going to pro ink jet within the next 12 months.
 

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It looks like something a Terminator brought back from the future. Why else would they require a "Magnetic Earphone"? The amazing thing about these 1960 transistor radios is how quickly we forgot how small they were and then how revolutionary we believed the SONY Walkman was in the 1980s. I also don't live far from that address. It's been rebuilt now and is a carpet shop and convenience store.
 

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Commodore Pet, the first computer I used.

I remember being blown away when the school upgraded the cassette storage to a floppy disc drive!

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Same here. There was nothing finer than the warm tones of a cassette desperately seeking the file you wanted. Unless it was the ear shattering thunder of the teletype printing said file. (y)
 

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I had a Smith Corona Personal Word Processor before I finally bought a personal computer. Being able to type without needing tipex felt like entering a whole new world. I would have never have dreamed that only a few years later you would be able to create and format newspapers, graphs and charts at home. When I wrote my dissertation in the mid 1980's I had to draw graphs by hand. The ability of Excel to produce instant pie charts would have seemed like black magic, and to put them on a Powerpoint and show them on a white board....
 

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My mother used an Amstrad word processor with its non-standard disks, but the local computer shop was able to somehow port her documents to a floppy when she got her first PC.
 
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