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February 23rd, 2008
05:33 pm
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Obsolete skills - from this list here
Found via ysabetwordsmith 

I've removed a few repeated and facetious ones........

Things I've done
Things I've done competently
Things I could still do competently without practice
Things I still do regularly

* Adjusting rabbit ears on top of a TV
* Adjusting a television's horizontal and vertical holds
* Adjusting a television's color and hue adjustments

* Adjusting the tracking on a VCR
* Autoexec.bat editing
* Booting off a floppy disk
* Calculating a square root using pencil and paper
* Calligraphy
* Carving a nib into a quill or pen?
* Cash Register used manually entering the prices
* Cleaning the balls inside a computer mouse for better traction
* Compressing a HDD to make vital space
* Config.sys editing
* Cranking up or down a car-window
* Operate a credit card imprinter (click-clack)
* Cursive handwriting (my parents, who were also my primary school teachers, would dispute this)
* Darkroom photography skills
* Degaussing a CRT monitor
* Developing photographic film
* Drafting with pencils and T-square?
* Focusing a camera
* Formatting a floppy
* FORTRAN programming - though the logic is still good
* Freethinking
* FTP from a command line
* Getting off the couch to change channels on your TV set
* Hand crank a car to start it (It was a tractor. I imagine the principle is much the same)
* Hand lettering large signs
* Lighting a kerosene lamp
* Loading data from a cassette tape
Loading film into a 35 mm camera
* Long division
* Map Reading
* Memorizing Multiplication Tables (They were memorised long ago. Can't say I enjoyed the process, but I do use them regularly)
* Mounting a Computer Tape by hand?
* Navigating using a compass
* Operating an Overhead Projector
* Parking a hardisk
* Percolating coffee
* Playing marbles?
* Popping corn in a pot with oil (Not oil. Butter.)
* Preparing a goose quill for writing with an inkwell?
* Programming a VCR to record a show?
* Programming an analogue car radio
* Putting a needle on a vinyl record
* Raising an antenna?
* Reading a dictionary or encyclopedia

* Reading a paper map
* Reading a Sundial?
* Reading a Vernier Scale
* Reading Moon Tables or Tide Tables
* Reckoning arithmetic without aid?
* Searching a card catalog
* Sending a letter
* Setting up a modem using AT commands?
* Setting the correct time on a VCR
* Sharpening a mechanical pencil with fine-grit sandpaper
* Sharpening a pencil
* Spelling (Typos don't count, damnit)
* Sword fighting?
* Thinking for oneself
* Tweaking your AUTOEXEC<dot>BAT and CONFIG<dot>SYS files?
* Typesetting
* Untangling the cord of a telephone?
* Using a bit and brace?
* Using a bottle opener?

* Using an abacus
* Using correction fluid
* Using a compass
* Using a filmstrip projector
* Using a flash cube?
* Using a fountain pen
* Using a Logarithm Table?
* Using a slide rule (Only as an historical curiosity. Never in anger, as it were )
* Using a DOS window on a computer
* Walking long distances
* Watching a slide show with a slide projector


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Date:February 23rd, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
I've actually used a slide rule to calculate artillery shots. Not in combat, which I imagine is about as stressful a use of a slide rule as there is, but even in training it's something that really tests your confidence in your ability to do it right.
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Date:February 23rd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Heh. Macros we don't want to see: Artillery - ur doing it rong!
Although depending on which side you were on I suppose "Artillery - ur doing it rite!" could be more worrying.
I thought there were analogue calculators specifically for that sort of thing?

Edited at 2008-02-23 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 23rd, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
My brother Jim had an analog FADAC (Field Artillery Direction and Control) computer for calculating missile shots when he was in the Army, but the Marines are cheap. We got slide rules.
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