Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:38 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Geek stuff, sci-fi...

Carol Pinchefsky contemplates commercial skipping DVRs, and other tales of really good technology that vanished, in 7 Awesome Bits of Tech That Just Freakin' Disappeared. As Pinchefsky writes: "...It got me thinking about awesome technology that we somehow ditched. The airship? Awesome. Slide rules? Awesome awesome. Mir Space Station? Boss-level awesome. And now just thinking about wristwatches with calculators makes me suffer a sense of short-term nostalgia (as in Douglas Coupland's Generation X). Here are some of the coolest features and products that we’ve lost along the way to 2012.

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Ah Replay
by wocowboy on Tue 13th Dec 2011 10:02 UTC
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Member since:
2006-06-01

I had a ReplayTV, just threw it out a couple years ago when it stopped working. I loved it. It had much better software than TIVO, easier to use, and that wonderful commercial-skip feature that worked like a charm. I knew it would not last and it did not. Today's DVR fast-forward function is a mere shell, so crippled you watch more of the commercials than you skip.

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RE: Ah Replay
by ricegf on Tue 13th Dec 2011 13:01 in reply to "Ah Replay"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

We had one as well, but that wasn't the coolest feature to me.

The coolest feature *by far* is that the DVR acted exactly like any other computer on the network, and shared the TV recordings as (I believe) unencrypted mp4 recordings!

So I could trivially connect to the ReplayTV over the LAN and download the latest Columbo, then watch it in a window on my Linux computer while I worked (I think I was using Mandrake back then :-D ) or drop it on my laptop's disk to watch on my next flight.

The true potential of technology, unencumbered by DRM and the walled gardens of today. *sigh*

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RE[2]: Ah Replay
by slashdev on Tue 13th Dec 2011 15:22 in reply to "RE: Ah Replay"
slashdev Member since:
2006-05-14

No. The killer app feature that ReplayTV had...was show sharing! You had a "Send Show" button. Most people forget that you could actually share shows between people across the internet (not just locally) using ReplayTV. there were even networks created dedicated to specific channels, so people would agree to just record a certain channel. THAT was revolutionary. Had it continued, bit torrent would not have risen, Hulu would have been much different, etc.

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