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Old 03-06-2019, 02:48 PM   #1
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I just spent the last hour tracking down a solution to a problem that I didn't even know existed. I came up with a widget in my head, sat my butt down at the cafe here, and started googling. Within 30 minutes and some pretty well honed keyword searches, I found exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it until, gasp, next week!
Undaunted, I looked up the sku, then tracked it down to a source where I could pay a little extra to get it in my hot little hands before the weekend.
I did this all from this super comfy loveseat, while drinking a cappuccino.
Incredible.
Anyway, this got me to thinking about exactly how boned I would have been in a time before the internet. Then it got me thinking about how I used to deal with adversity. So let's chat!

Apologies to anybody younger than, well, I guess exactly my age, but in this thread we're going to talk about life before the internet and how we got stuff done.


- Auto Repair. Youtube is one of the best things to happen to me and has saved me tens of thousands of dollars on auto repair. I look stuff up, watch somebody else do it, then I do it, avoiding the pitfalls.
Before the internet, I used to go to a local junkyard and practice on a junked Olds before I worked on mine. I always needed something from the yard anyway, so it's not like I was just breaking their stuff free of charge. I'd go pick whatever else I needed, then I'd clandestinely practice swapping the heater core of a junker so I didn't ruin anything on my own car.


- Meeting people. In a time before instant messenger, facebook, and cellphones, meeting people was something that could prove difficult.
I had a system of calling their house, calling their work, then driving to their usual known locations, along the roads they'd typically travel. It honestly usually worked.
A friend of mine still has a note she found in my house that was taped to the pull string of the kitchen light. It was from me, to another friend of ours, about her. I had gone to see if she was at her house, but left the note for the 3rd party, telling them to wait there when they got there.
She said she got to my house, saw the note, then didn't known how to intercept me on the way to her house.
The answer to this was always STAY PUT! All roads always lead back to the hangout house eventually.



Anybody have an answer as to how you complained about "the damn kids today" before the internet? Bingo hall? Rotary?
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:34 PM   #2
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Anyway, this got me to thinking about exactly how boned I would have been in a time before the internet. Then it got me thinking about how I used to deal with adversity. So let's chat!
You were only 'boned' back then if you didn't get up off the comfy chair. IF you did, you had the advantage against adversity.

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You were only 'boned' back then if you didn't get up off the comfy chair. IF you did, you had the advantage against adversity.
Research was done by phone or by mail.

Customer service was better back then...you didn't have to press # for English. Chances were, people actually answered the phone and if they couldn't help you...found someone who could.

I think getting and keeping business was considered more important back then.
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Phone books, yellow pages, phone, then call around. If they couldn't fix you up, they may know who to call.
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If they couldn't fix you up, they may know who to call.
In fact, that was always on the tip of your tongue if they couldn't help.
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Books , magazines, catalogues ... the library

And we used to have to actually talk to each other .. if you didnít know how to do something or where to find something somebody you know did or knew someone
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Books , magazines, catalogues ... the library

And we used to have to actually talk to each other .. if you didnít know how to do something or where to find something somebody you know did or knew someone
Yup.

How they ever came up with the term "social media" is beyond me.
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I got to the point years ago that I requested companies quit sending me magazines. The ones I still get go to a friend who has no internet and never did. He cherishes them.

Back then, between the magazine rack next to the special chair and the reading room....magazines and catalogs filled the spaces. You needed them.
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Advertisements in magazines used to have a form to clip out, fill out and mail in to get a catalog. If you wanted to buy something from the catalog, you filled out an order form (by hand) and mailed it along with a check. Eventually you order would arrive.

One time I mailed in a request for a catalog from a company in California. I lived in New York at the time. The catalog was in my mailbox the next day. I never did figure out how that happened.
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30 years ago I kept a copy if the McMaster Carr catalog on hand in case I needed some oddball materials, etc.
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it's not just the internet. you have to throw cell phones & cameras in the mix.

to be on a job and need to find something & then be able to call the company in a few seconds & send a pic if necessary makes life easier.

what we did before the internet, like many guys have said we talked.

meeting at the bar after work was not always about getting wasted.

i knew i'd run in to so & so or i could leave word that i was looking for an individual. or put the word out that i needed or was looking for something and many times it showed up at the house that night or i got or gave a phone call that stuff is available i'll drop it off at your job in the morning.

i also 100% agree that customer service used to be WAY better and it was generally pretty easy to get a rep on the phone who knew what he was talking about.

but the internet & cell phones are responsible for creating most of the technology for all manner of widgets & gidgets that we don't even know we need yet....
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Research was done by phone or by mail.

Customer service was better back then...you didn't have to press # for English. Chances were, people actually answered the phone and if they couldn't help you...found someone who could.

I think getting and keeping business was considered more important back then.
Really? No Chit! In my 34 years of this contracting thing never knew, Wow I could'a had a V-8

Took A hellva a lot more, like getting off your arse (out of the chair) and doing the work. The adversity got less, the more you did. Information, knowledge and product, didn't just come to you with a few keystrokes.
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it's not just the internet. you have to throw cell phones & cameras in the mix.

to be on a job and need to find something & then be able to call the company in a few seconds & send a pic if necessary makes life easier.

what we did before the internet, like many guys have said we talked.

meeting at the bar after work was not always about getting wasted.

i knew i'd run in to so & so or i could leave word that i was looking for an individual. or put the word out that i needed or was looking for something and many times it showed up at the house that night or i got or gave a phone call that stuff is available i'll drop it off at your job in the morning.

i also 100% agree that customer service used to be WAY better and it was generally pretty easy to get a rep on the phone who knew what he was talking about.

but the internet & cell phones are responsible for creating most of the technology for all manner of widgets & gidgets that we don't even know we need yet....
I absolutely agree!!

I remember the pre cell phone days. I can only recall leaving a job site once or twice to make a call from a pay phone. I think cell phones, and the internet have made us quite lazy. We know we can wait til the last second to do what needs done. Back in the day, you had to be on your game. You planned ahead, made calls before and after work, and talked with the guys at the lumber yard. In a lot of ways, I think we are actually worse off than we were then. At least back then, most people followed through on what they said they were gonna do.
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Wanted to learn something? .......You read it in a book (how archiac)

Wanted to order something?........You did it through a catalog smaller non descript items often had no image (how archiac)

Wanted a date? You actually had to get off your ass, go out and socialize

I'm reading now you can go from Tinder or Facebook to the alter in 30 days or less (how risky)
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Oh yeah , I just remembered having to use maps to find jobs . Used to have to get detailed atlases of every area that I worked in . Now just type in the address and a voice will guide you to the door ( I have a sexy English lady on mine)
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Oh yeah , I just remembered having to use maps to find jobs . Used to have to get detailed atlases of every area that I worked in . Now just type in the address and a voice will guide you to the door ( I have a sexy English lady on mine)
Mapsco was the king of maps, at least in the DFW area.

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I still like real maps, but can't argue with Google Maps for the daily grind.

I used to borrow library books (how quaint is that phrase!?) to research all sorts of stuff, including trade methods.

Youtube is great, but you have to have a good b.s. detector.
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I still like real maps, but can't argue with Google Maps for the daily grind.

I used to borrow library books (how quaint is that phrase!?) to research all sorts of stuff, including trade methods.

Youtube is great, but you have to have a good b.s. detector.
X2 on the bs detector , thatís one of the biggest problems with the internet... no filters or editing
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If you wanted to fix your car, you got the Bentley manual, and the Haynes manual, and between the two of those you would have about 80% of the information needed for the repair. If you had a vw, the idiot's guide to vw repair was your bible.

You could get additional intel from the guy at the parts counter.

Then you'd just tear into it and make things work.





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