Why was technology so much more exciting in the 1980s?

Why was technology so much more exciting in the 1980s?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was more hardware and people were able to still code things that were big for the times. Hardware is thinning out with Moore's Law and software is a little stagnant imo.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Non-white people and women didn't have access to it en-masse.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Non-white people
      >didn't have access

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        absolutely
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    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Non-white people and women didn't have access to it en-masse.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        the dumbest asian woman would mog the smartest woman of any other race

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          simply not true. there's more variance among women than the difference between racial groups. the dumbest asian women are clinically moronic and average non-asian women are smarter than them. measurable differences in IQ between races works in tandem with, and does not negate or invalidate personal differences. there are genius black africans and moronic ashkenazi israelites which are smart and stupid people respectively.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >there are genius black africans and moronic ~~*ashkenazi*~~ israelites which are smart and stupid people respectively.
            jews arent smart. like at all. that's a myth. they have high verbal intellect, but women do as well in just about any race, so it's not anything special to know how to speak bs.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Japanese are honorary White, dumbass

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >women
      full moron
      But there were definitely less women in the tech space for sure. No bullshit diversity hires either, if I'm not mistaken.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sweetie, you are aware that tons of stupid and innovative products were imd at women? Some of it tech in whatever way, or otherwise aimed at households, because, you know, this may shock you, but most normies tend to get married. So it was and still is a winning strategy to target couples and households with products that can be useful to them. Market to the majority, not the few scattered losers and schizoids like the ones you can run into here.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Whaaaaa? They had smoke detectors in the 80s?

        and.... ceiling speakers?????????

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    NPCs ruined it. So weird when things are niche and the people who engage in it are passionate tend to be nice and high quality. Now Electronics Boutique is Game Stop and 50% of Game Stop is pop culture figurines.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      by definition, you're part of the problem since you're most likely under the age of 18/21. Only a child would use buzzwords such as NPC.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It was a better time.

      Good post.

      by definition, you're part of the problem since you're most likely under the age of 18/21. Only a child would use buzzwords such as NPC.

      NPC post.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    frick everything looked so cool back then i wana cry

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's because they were designed by white men who actually cared about the aesthetics of their environment. You will never see a world like that again in a million years.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >muh white men
        they were designed by japs

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          See:

          absolutely
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  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know if exciting is the word. It was surely easier to repair, because of less circuit integration and bigger size than today's technology.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    That was before everything got consolidated to just a handful platforms.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >80s
    there wasn't jack shit in the 80s man. the 90s was the peak of technology.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    discord didn't exist

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The same as video rental shops are extinct and now video game shops are living their last days. Dematerialization, virtualization, social isolation etc. Why LAN parties and the LAN communities are long gone is the worst part of what the internet gives us, it happened when things turns really to shit online, when Steam came along and the cancer it is today.
    >M-muh don't touch my steam account it's awesome like reddit
    And that's why we're fricked.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      LAN parties were just a necessity, the internet naturally replaced it. Nothing stops you from creating a WAN party. Technology moved on and there is literally no reason to start a LAN party today except for heckin nostalgia.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        a lan party was equal parts playing games, sharing files, and a /party/
        playing games over the internet only covers one of those. sharing files over the internet is very slow for most people, and you can't physically meet up to have drinks and things over the internet either

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >LAN parties were just a necessity, the internet naturally replaced it.
        It was done unnaturally, at that time internet was not good as most people think today. This is not a technological issue but social issue, the LAN party (90s, early 2000s) generation grow up with a group of close friends playing and exchanging things in close communities. We're now atomized, only a few hardcore LAN friends remains with things of interest and the rest is competitive, unfriendly, cold, fake and gay. The new generations are really fricked sideways.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I go back in time and have sex with a 90s goth girl.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I just need a time machine. And money. And to be more attractive. And to have some sort of social status. Then I would go back in time and sex.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you had a time machine and couldn't become the richest man on the planet, you're an absolute moron

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Back then every advance in technology represented the promise of a better future for all mankind.
    Today, advances in technology represent more power for autocrats, dictators, powerful super corporations and billionaires alike. This is not the future we were promised. Something has gone awry.

    I find myself so sickened by this that even if I have a brilliant idea that may help many people, I fear to share because I know it will never will be used for the good of all and instead will only be used for the good of the rich and powerful. I fear I'm not the only one like this. Technology will not be driven by dreamers and the hopeful, but by those motivated by greed and personal gain. The magic is gone and the promise of a better future through technology has been broken. I don't know if there's a way to repair it.

    >t. thoroughly disenchanted luddite

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Feel ya, anon. I decided to not let those negative experiences and feelings take over. It just made me more careful who to associate with, learn more about the business and legal side, and then do what I think is right.

      t.Techno Amish

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      30 years ago the best and brightest worked on the space race, electronics, medicine and other things that brought us genuine progress. Today, the best and brightest work all out on the survellance economy to find out how they can sell even more junk to even more people.

      And thus we got stagnation and rot.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can't speak for the 80s, but the 90s. Even simple things had value, were seen and treated as something real. You shopped for something with a basic functionality and were excited that it existed. You talked about it with friends, read about it in magazines. Shareware was often useful and it was fun trying things out. Business software and games came in packages with manuals, they felt like a real product. In stores people often actually knew what they were talking about and they didn't try to upsell you an insurance or an overpowered version you didn't need. It was often a bit nerdy, and it felt right.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    But it's still exciting. Some upcoming things to be excited about:
    >Real, useful AI
    >Vision Pro gen 2
    >full path tracing on a consumer GPU
    >3D V-cache on 32+ core CPUs
    >APUs affordable and powerful enough for most needs
    >Starlink enabling broadband internet in remote locations
    And in the next decade+
    >nuclear fusion becoming viable
    >astroid mining becoming viable
    >extremely high density battery technology
    >brain-computer interfaces becoming safe and affordable
    >lab-grown organ replacements and advanced prosthetics

    We're going through a rough period right now, but the future is looking bright.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nuclear fusion has been 10 years away for 40 years now

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >astroid mining becoming viable
      I want to be in favor of this idea, but the asteroids in question cannot be taken from our Asteroid Belt. They, together with Jupiter, form part of Earth's defense against calamities like the end-Cretaceous impact that killed non-avian dinosaurs. Basically, events like that would be far more common. The Kuiper Belt should be fine to exploit, though. Mars and Mercury, too, or any rocky moons around the solar system.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        anon, a society with the ability to mine the asteroid belt is naturally a society with the ability to stop or divert an asteroid that's on a crash course with earth

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          So trade a natural convenience (and an astronomically large one at that, both literally and figuratively) for more firepower and tech that can take its place? That's 100% moronic and counterproductive.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      have a nice day grifter

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Computers weren't ubiquitous and that scarcity made them feel more special. The majority of American households didn't own a single computer until 1999-2000. They were expensive even at entry level and their basic operation was complex enough to filter out a large proportion of the population. All of this lent a certain mystique and aura of exclusivity to them. On top of that, a lot things we take for granted today like graphical user interfaces, video/pc gaming, the internet, etc. were still in their infancy and had a novelty to them which has long since vanished as these things have become commonplace.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In the early-mid 90s if you even heard someone talk about the internet or email IRL you'd try to talk to them about it.

    Was sad to see the BBS's go, even though you had to sometimes spend an hour attack-dialing their phone number to get through.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    All other copes aside, it was a lack of standardization, a lack of a broad adoption of one particular paradigm or way of doing things.

    A good analogy would be "freestyle" car racing where the rules on what kind of cars or engines you can use are loose or non-existent, vs "sanctioned" racing where the rules are very strict and there is little or not variation among the cars themselves.

    In the 80s tech still revolved around thru-hole electronics components, many of which you could just buy at radio shack, and build your own things if you had any basic EE knowledge or were willing to read a few books on the topic.

    Now, everything has standards so regardless of who makes the hardware, it "just works" but it doesn't do anything new or different than the hardware that preceded it - it's just "faster".

    You can see this progression in game consoles very easily, where the oldest consoles had their own distinct character that resulted from the limitations of the hardware they were made from.

    Nintendo NES was visually and audibly different compared to Atari consoles of the same era, then the SNES and Genesis...Then Saturn and PS1 (where the PS1 had its wobbly 3D graphics that are immediately recognizable).

    Now, a new console will generally just look the same as the one that came before it because they all use the same middleware. You may get improved effects and higher resolutions, but there is no distinct character.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      GBA, GBC, 3DS and DS are distinct from the PSP and Vita as well as from each other, shit head, same goes for GameCube versus the PS2 & Xbox. PS5 is visually distinct from PS4 on modern 4k displays, moron. None should be distinct in terms of audio post-N64/PS1 era because no one wants shitty audio, so that is up to the game devs and not the consoles (as it should be and should have always been, obviously that wasn't entirely the case when hardware limitations for audio existed).

      You sound like yet another nostalgiagay in need of a psychiatrist.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Proves his IQ stops at 50.

        > PS5 is visually distinct from PS4 on modern 4k displays

        So you are too dumb to comprehend my point? Yes, the PS5 is capable of higher resolutions but a game of the same resolution will have no particular differences between the consoles.

        The same game for the SNES and Genesis will have significant differences that each pertain to the hardware differences of the consoles.

        That, and you missed the entire point of my post. Go take your booster shots.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          an embarrassing zoomer-take from someone who was conceived in 2004

          Cope, seethe, and dilate, you pretentious trannies.
          Experiencing nostalgia with such crazy intensity to create incomprehensibly moronic bias in favor of old crappy shit is literally mental illness.
          Y'all also tend to overlook some of the good in those old things, too, due to being distracted with "muh pixels" and "muh aesthetic". Low-IQ vermin.
          I love some of those old games, too, but you morons at times insult the things I love for inane reasons while calling yourselves fans of the same. Frick off.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >distracted with..."muh aesthetic"

            That's literally what made them better. You are obviously an npc born into the clone era, where your thoughts are defined by tiktok's trending feed. You probably stumbled in here while searching for the hacker known as IQfy.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        an embarrassing zoomer-take from someone who was conceived in 2004

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What a waste of trips. You failed basic reading comprehension.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >because no one wants shitty audio
        Video game music was a lot better when it had restrictive hardware limitations to work around. Having the freedom to make any kind of music actually made it worse.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're saying that the composers were only good when the hardware was shit, which could not be more bullshit. Without the limitations, Nobuo Uematsu and Noriyasu Agematsu and and other such skilled composers could write far better music (and remaster older material). You're just obsessed with a shitty aesthetic, and you insult the musicians.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            not him, but "limitation breeds creativity" is a well known paradox
            while limitations are of course /limiting/ and objectively speaking modern streamed music can do anything older sound hardware can do and more, the particular limitations of each system force composers to be more creative with their work to make good music with them
            that's not to say one more reliably results in better music than the other, i don't know how you'd even study that, especially since music is so subjective in general

            makes me think of composers like tim follin, i much prefer his chiptune music than his later unrestricted-medium music

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      saturn graphics are quite recognisable on their own, namely the more 3D titles, as the saturn used quads instead of triangles, admittedly not as noticeable compared to the psx's wobbly vertices unless you already know what to look for

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You weren’t busy wondering how it’d be used to frick you over or spy on you back then. It was still optimistic, and people were at least somewhat well meaning. There was also lots of weird neat shit coming out that hadn’t been done before. Nowadays everything is incremental improvements, or something that was done 20 years ago, but with “modern” design because the patents expired or some shit.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Old tech evolved at an absolute break neck speed and was actually worth getting excited about, modern tech has plateau'd hard and it's hard to be excited about much when they release a new phone every year that's only difference over a phone from 5 years ago is like 20% better performance and more bloatware

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    digital has ruined most things. the reason tech was exciting was because you needed physical objects to do things. once everything converged online there wasn't the necessity to have the objects. The thrill of interacting with the physical world is missing from digital replacements and the world is duller and grayer as a result

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Like smartphones were in the 2010's?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Smartphones stopped being exciting in the 2000s.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Everything was so much more human back then

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because there were actual advancements and developments, not just "how do we make money off this previously free thing?"

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It still is. You just don't know where to look. We still have a long way to go. What differs you guys from the old guys were you are too far into the software that you forgot investing into hardware development. Anyone should work on analog and digital computers. But you guys for some reason drove them away and tossed them to IQfy instead. None of you guys bother to create anything anymore. None of you guys were as energetic as you were when you were kids and when you grew up you didn't give any of value back. The net has a lot to explore. Really. You just have to look and create value. You guys fell for the psy op and became afraid to contribute to make it the better place. Back then was better because people always innovate. Nowadays? The kids that grew up didn't bother to add anything good to the net anymore. Look at IQfy and see how rotten it has become because you guys chose to do nothing. When did this place became a safe place? Have you cowered up after the years?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Wtf is an analog computer?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP but you confirm his point: interesting tech is now relegated to niche groups.

      Wtf is an analog computer?

      Audio processing such as filtering used to be done in analogue electronics.

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