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From SlashDot:

"Robert Scoble had an interesting post on his blog a few days ago on obsolete technical skills — 'things we used to know that no longer are very useful to us.' Scoble's initial list included dialing a rotary phone, using carbon paper to make copies, and changing the gas mixture on your car's carburetor. The list has now been expanded into a wiki with a much larger list of these obsolete skills that includes resolving IRQ conflicts on a mother board, assembly language programming, and stacking a quarter on an arcade game to indicate you have next. We're invited to contribute more."

I was intrigued by how many of these things i can do.  See how many obsolete skills you have.

Date: 2008-02-21 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baerana.livejournal.com
first of all, going over this list has been the most fun i've had in awhile, man, reminiscing about geek days of yore is AWESOME :)

and i'm not OLD, i've adapted well :)

ps - what is your icon? i've been looking at it for awhile - i thought it was from portal but can't place the hearts

Date: 2008-02-21 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brids-owlwoman.livejournal.com
for your ps...I'm considering revoking your gamer geek card.

I've never played the game, but I've seen many tributes to the item.

Just kidding (about the id revocation part)

Date: 2008-02-21 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zerodan.livejournal.com
It is from Portal (which you really should play if you haven't yet). If you don't want to get the Orange Box for $50, you can get Portal for $20 through Steam.

Then, you can become friends with the Weighted Companion Cube.

Date: 2008-02-21 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brids-owlwoman.livejournal.com
Some of these are not obsolete skills. Until I stole one from an ex coworker, I still had a rollball mouse at work.

Until I inherited my grandmother's car (last fall) I had to roll my car windows up and down by hand.

I didn't go through the whole list. I'm sure there are others.

Date: 2008-02-21 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] el-bastarde.livejournal.com
Man...I am chock full of useless skills. I still remember the settings for a sound card in DOS/Old windows. Port=220, IRQ=5, DMA=1.

I am so glad they got rid of THAC0...and the pain in the ass saving throw system.

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