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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #275 on: May 03, 2016, 11:40:27 am »
When was that? Old analogue landlines were very distorted. The frequency cut-offs forced it.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #276 on: May 03, 2016, 12:46:22 pm »
Yeah.  I do however remember when telephones had sidetone, there wasn't a GSM codec throwing away most of the information, and - most importantly - people took phone calls seriously (making them from a quiet room, giving you more than 10 seconds to answer, speaking at an appropriate speed when making recorded messages, etc).

That said, the crappiness of modern telephones seems like a small price to pay for the fact that we no longer have to rely on voice calls for most purposes.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #277 on: May 03, 2016, 03:18:51 pm »
Yeah.  I do however remember when telephones had sidetone, there wasn't a GSM codec throwing away most of the information, and - most importantly - people took phone calls seriously (making them from a quiet room, giving you more than 10 seconds to answer, speaking at an appropriate speed when making recorded messages, etc).

That said, the crappiness of modern telephones seems like a small price to pay for the fact that we no longer have to rely on voice calls for most purposes.

Maybe. This morning I was talking to the bunch who pay the Inlaw Paw's pension, and they sounded as if they were talking down a drainpipe full of steel wool that someone was shaking. It wasn't just one maladjusted mike at the other end, either, I spoke to a couple of different folk and they both sounded like terminal smokers.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #278 on: May 03, 2016, 06:02:48 pm »
One of the great things about modern VOIP technology is that it's cheaper than ever to outfit an entire call centre with barely functional telecoms systems.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #279 on: May 03, 2016, 07:41:52 pm »
HR do a presentation explaining the differences between Generation X, Generation Y and millennials and you realise you are in the oldest group.  OK, they also mentioned the baby boomers, but I think they've all retired from our place.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #280 on: June 01, 2016, 10:41:01 am »
I cricked my neck a fortnight ago and it's still paining me.  I'm only 34... :-\

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #281 on: June 01, 2016, 10:49:04 am »
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #282 on: June 01, 2016, 12:29:14 pm »
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

Tell me about it!
I am one of the 'kiddies' in this newsreel film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw (white hairband, pushing a car from 0.27-0.29) and the commentator's speech would have seemed 'normal' then...

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #283 on: June 01, 2016, 01:05:06 pm »
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

What's the French word for "Jafaican"?  Bruv.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #284 on: February 06, 2017, 08:35:42 pm »
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #285 on: February 06, 2017, 10:10:54 pm »
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!

I bought one online a few years ago after a visit to my GP showed a high reading.

It NEVER happened at home.

These devices are VERY cheap nowadays. Well worth the cash IMO.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #286 on: February 06, 2017, 10:29:47 pm »
You no longer care what others think of your choices.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #287 on: February 07, 2017, 07:15:19 am »
... when you buy yourself a blood pressure monitor. I bought one online today!

I bought one online a few years ago after a visit to my GP showed a high reading.

It NEVER happened at home.

These devices are VERY cheap nowadays. Well worth the cash IMO.

A friend has bought one, also because visiting the GP invariably raises their blood pressure.  It's some kind of tropism. 
Sic transit and all that..

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #288 on: February 07, 2017, 09:30:47 am »
My BP is always higher at the GPs, because I ride there.

It also makes me popular when I donate blood, as I'm all done in under 3 minutes  :thumbsup:.

Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #289 on: February 07, 2017, 11:26:10 am »
HR do a presentation explaining the differences between Generation X, Generation Y and millennials and you realise you are in the oldest group.  OK, they also mentioned the baby boomers, but I think they've all retired from our place.

I thought Gen Y and millennials were one and the same?

(I'm right on the boundary of X/Y, depending on whose definition is being used!)

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #290 on: February 07, 2017, 11:45:37 am »
I'm also on the Gen X and Y boundary.

I would distinguish between someone born in early 198x and someone born after 1990 or 1995 which modern definitions don't differentiate. I had originally thought millenials were those born after 1990 or 1995.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #291 on: February 07, 2017, 12:49:22 pm »
Also on the boundary (I remember Challenger), I think I have more in common with Gen X than Y.

Barakta, although only a few months younger, has very Gen-Yish cultural references, on account of her deafness.

'Millenials' seems to be used sloppily, referring to either Gen Y, Z or Y+Z depending on context.


I would distinguish between someone born in early 198x and someone born after 1990 or 1995 which modern definitions don't differentiate. I had originally thought millenials were those born after 1990 or 1995.

Those are Generations Y and Z respectively.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #292 on: February 07, 2017, 01:46:42 pm »
I think 'gen x' definition is too broad and a bit ridiculous.

Those born in the 60s like me had teenage/youthful years when quartz watches were a novelty, a sony walkman cassette player was the height of tech cool. Computers and suchlike didn't come into it. They scarcely appeared in movies. Direct telephone dialing from the UK to Australia was set up when I was about 6. Before then it was manually switched by the international operator and frequently you had to wait for a line.

The change happened sometime in the 70s.

People born in the 80s were going to school surrounded by tech, a computerised world. The internet appeared by the time they were 20. Everything was changing.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #293 on: February 07, 2017, 01:50:40 pm »
Agreed.  But they're all a bit ridiculous anyway.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #294 on: February 22, 2017, 11:21:39 pm »
Accents you're used to have moved on in your absence.  I used to be perfectly at home with the accents in and around London, but when I phone anywhere there now I have difficulty making out what they're saying.

This applies to Paris as well.  My daughter studied linguistics at university, and told us that over the last 30+ years the Parisian accent has taken on overtones of N. African.

Tell me about it!
I am one of the 'kiddies' in this newsreel film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUFNlqBTvw (white hairband, pushing a car from 0.27-0.29) and the commentator's speech would have seemed 'normal' then...

"A spare two acre site in Camden that no-one wanted" - that seems to date the clip as much as anything else :)
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #295 on: February 22, 2017, 11:29:17 pm »
I'm definitely gen X, which is ace as I also used to work for department X
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #296 on: February 23, 2017, 02:12:18 am »
"Is Vic there...?"
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #297 on: February 23, 2017, 07:52:02 am »
I suppose what makes me feel old (seventies child) is periodically having to explain the world before technology to younger people and watch their expression go through surprised to astounded to horrified.

I had to explain the other day that we once had the choice of a cream or a grey phone (rotary dial!) and they only had the grey model. Then came the trimphone, but there was a two year wait. And my mum wouldn't let anyone use the phone ever, because we couldn't afford to pay for actual calls. I do the mobile phone size graphic in some presentations to illustrate change, I suspect revealing the pre-mobile era would be too much for anyone under the age of 20. God knows, it's hard enough to get them look up from their phones for more than a few seconds.

I confess, I have no idea what people did before the internet. My grandad used to dig coal out of the ground* apparently. Seems implausible now.

*or did until the mine roof fell on his head and broke his back, after which he became a bin man, which doesn't make much sense.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #298 on: February 23, 2017, 07:57:57 am »
And try talking to the under 20's about doing actual research using actual books, in an actual library rather than t'internet.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #299 on: February 23, 2017, 08:04:16 am »
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When you're sneakily glad the weather's due to cut up rough because despite having done nothing to merit it you really don't have the oomph to get on the bike this morning.
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