Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to pay our last respects to VHS. Friend, colleague, practical joker, cut down by digitalis. Thanks for the memories.
The Citizen obituary said after only 28 years, VHS tapes won’t be made as of 2006. In an intimation of mortality, a year ago the Daily Telegraph said Britain’s largest electronics chain no longer sold VCRs, because DVD players now outsold them 40:1, adding unkindly “VHS seem as old-fashioned as the eight-track audio player or Betamax” and “Like many consumer technologies… video recorders owed much of their early success to providing easier access to pornography.”
Please. Nihil nisi bonum. At a time like this, let us set aside such issues (or dub them onto DVD for later) and remember our friend as an unassuming everyman: easy to use, affordable and rugged. Without the VCR, how could we have enjoyed hours of our uncle, mixing up the on and off buttons, missing all the key bits of his son’s wedding but filming his shoes going from room to room? It wouldn’t be the same on 8 mm. Continue Reading →
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