Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Scenes From Packing, Part V

Wow. This item takes me back. WAY back:


That's one of my high school graduation presents right there, a portable TV - in color! Sure, it's a 2" screen and it only got two channels, and one of them only if you were positioned exactly right during the correct phase of the moon. But it was a TV! you could put in your pocket! Assuming your pockets were extra- extra large, of course...

I continue to be amazed at how technology has changed over my lifetime. I took this picture using the camera on my cellular phone - which, BTW, is significantly smaller than this "pocket" television set. It has a larger screen, longer battery life, and can get pretty much every television show in the history of mankind through one service or another. And it cost far less than that TV did.

It's one of the few pieces of old tech that's making the transition with me - the Palmcorder and other outdated items are too bulky and too outpaced to justify dragging them along. The TV is just small enough and just special enough that I'll carve out a square foot of storage space for it. I'll leave it next to my cassette recorder that got me through graduate school and the Windows 95 laptop that cost me more than two of my used cars (combined).

Some things, the nostalgia alone is worth the price of hanging onto it...

That is all.

6 comments:

libertyman said...

Well, you did say you watched a little TV...

Phssthpok said...

And with the fed.Gov mandated switchover to ALL digital broadcasting you will never EVER be able to watch anything on it again (unless it has provisions for an external antenna hook-up).

Dave H said...

Phsstpok is right, you won't be able to watch broadcast TV on it any more. But you could connect it to the Palmcorder and watch videos on it. Or you could hook it to an Xbox.

emdfl said...

The other day I found a DElta Airline pouch that had my old Nintendo Game Boy with Tetris and Tank with it.
emdfl

Ed said...

The last event I watched on a 2" TV screen was at work on the morning of September 11, 2001 - full size horror on a tiny screen that did not diminish the impact on the psyche.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

:D Yeah, that one is a keeper, if only for sentimentality and conversation. I remember wanting one of those puppies so badly back in the day! Oh and, I'm NOT looking forward to when it's our turn to pack everything up to move. Ugh!