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    In a fit of rather stupid and unseasonal enthusiasm - I've been tidying out the garage and came across boxes of magazines I had, for some inexplicable reason, stored away in the mid 90s - a load of Q, Viz and a box of Wired - which at the time was a very exciting read for the technogeek.

    Its a hoot looking at the exciting ranges of modems and Pentium CPUs (and pagers - remember them before mobiles were commonplace?)- but there are lots of articles trying to guess the future direction of technology, especially around the then very new world wide web - some quite sensible and others wildly off the mark.

    I'm not sure whether to take them down the tip or seal them up for another 20 years, oh and I'm sure I saw a 1980s copy of Omni poking out of another box....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    In a fit of rather stupid and unseasonal enthusiasm - I've been tidying out the garage and came across boxes of magazines I had, for some inexplicable reason, stored away in the mid 90s - .....
    For a second I did wonder where this was going!

    I too have old magazines that I am reluctant to get rid of although I'm sure the wife keeps moving the boxes ever closer to the wheel bin!

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    My husband's hoard, including his Luton Town programme collection, have added to the insulation in the loft.

    It's a good compromise. I don't see them and they're helping to keep the heating bills down
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    Just found a box full of Deadline comics - Tank Girl - yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    In a fit of rather stupid and unseasonal enthusiasm - I've been tidying out the garage and came across boxes of magazines I had, for some inexplicable reason, stored away in the mid 90s - a load of Q, Viz and a box of Wired - which at the time was a very exciting read for the technogeek.

    Its a hoot looking at the exciting ranges of modems and Pentium CPUs (and pagers - remember them before mobiles were commonplace?)- but there are lots of articles trying to guess the future direction of technology, especially around the then very new world wide web - some quite sensible and others wildly off the mark.

    I'm not sure whether to take them down the tip or seal them up for another 20 years, oh and I'm sure I saw a 1980s copy of Omni poking out of another box....
    What were the future of technology guesses?

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    Ahhh memories. On my last visit home I found my teenage collection of Amiga Format magazines. I recall MANY happy weekends playing my Worms demo (the Amiga version of that game was the best version let's be honest) and purchasing Mortal Kombat from an ad.

    Happier times with my 2mb of RAM (upgraded from 1mb)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonks View Post
    What were the future of technology guesses?
    I picked up this month's issue of BBC Focus last week and they had a pretty interesting article for their 20th anniversary - going back and comparing their guesses with what actually happened. There's a bit of it on their site too: http://sciencefocus.com/news/focus-20-blast-past

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    Just recently threw out many copies of PCFormat and PCGamer and a few months before that several Amiga Format too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonks View Post
    What were the future of technology guesses?
    I'll dig it out and post a few in a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valyyn View Post
    I picked up this month's issue of BBC Focus last week and they had a pretty interesting article for their 20th anniversary - going back and comparing their guesses with what actually happened. There's a bit of it on their site too: Focus at 20: Blast from the Past | sciencefocus.com
    Thanks for the link.
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    I'll dig it out and post a few in a while
    Okay thanks I bet they're interesting!

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    OK - a few predictions from 1994 issue

    2005 - universal animal organ donors
    2007 - smart fabric clothing
    2005 - house cleaning robots
    2010 - robot surgeon in an edible pill
    2016 - holographic phones
    2013 - digital books
    2016 - virtual library of knowledge
    never - a paperless office

    So - they were a bit slow with the digital books and virtual library, but over optimistic on the robot doctors.

    If I find some more as I'm browsing through - I'll post them up.

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