...the many things that you remember as a kid or teenager...

Converse

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I still have a VCR. It hasn't been used in years, but I have the old family archive of VHS. Home movies from when I was a kid. At some point, I think I archived them all on a hard drive somewhere. Yet it was one of those situations where I did it without actually sorting any of it through. So I have a hard drive somewhere with large files of videos.

I still have the VHS. I still have the VCR. I have some box I bought years ago to put them on PC, which cleared up video issues but it only connects via a firewire port, which my current PCs don't have.

Some years ago I did convert quite a few old tv commercials and some tv shows to upload to a youtube channel. But you have to be very careful about copyright issue's it only took me one single song upload before I got some official warning and my video was taken down. Then I thought well bugger this and I just removed all my video's and closed the youtube channel.

I just did all of my conversions using a basic internal PCI slot TV tuner card which I have in my old PC which is not far away as I know I can always go back to this old system if I ever want to convert any VHS tapes into digital format for uploading. My old PC also has a firewire port like yours but I have never used this port at all.

That filter box you mention sounds pretty good I never had one of those when I did my VHS conversions years ago.

You mention how VHS tapes degrade over time but all I can say it don't put all your eggs in one basket and just rely on storing everything in a digital format on a hard drive etc. I actually have a couple of those external back up hard drives and one of them has failed on me but luckily I always back up onto 2 hard drives. But even still you can't guarantee that a hard drive will one day just cark it and you can't retrieve anything from it.

So I guess what I am saying is don't throw away any of those old original VHS tapes or whatever other media your memories are stored on. Try and look after them as best you can you'd be amazed just how many years a good old VHS tape can survive it would probably even outlast the converted video's on a hard drive!

Cheers!
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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Some years ago I did convert quite a few old tv commercials and some tv shows to upload to a youtube channel. But you have to be very careful about copyright issue's it only took me one single song upload before I got some official warning and my video was taken down. Then I thought well bugger this and I just removed all my video's and closed the youtube channel.

I just did all of my conversions using a basic internal PCI slot TV tuner card which I have in my old PC which is not far away as I know I can always go back to this old system if I ever want to convert any VHS tapes into digital format for uploading. My old PC also has a firewire port like yours but I have never used this port at all.

That filter box you mention sounds pretty good I never had one of those when I did my VHS conversions years ago.

You mention how VHS tapes degrade over time but all I can say it don't put all your eggs in one basket and just rely on storing everything in a digital format on a hard drive etc. I actually have a couple of those external back up hard drives and one of them has failed on me but luckily I always back up onto 2 hard drives. But even still you can't guarantee that a hard drive will one day just cark it and you can't retrieve anything from it.

So I guess what I am saying is don't throw away any of those old original VHS tapes or whatever other media your memories are stored on. Try and look after them as best you can you'd be amazed just how many years a good old VHS tape can survive it would probably even outlast the converted video's on a hard drive!

Cheers!

…that’s a good point Converse… whenever I back up anything on my computer now I always back it up on my PC hard drive and also an external hard drve and have also for good measure in the past on CD discs too… I’ve been caught out too many times with dying hard drives… never again… so good advice my friend… good advice… cheers.
 

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You mention how VHS tapes degrade over time but all I can say it don't put all your eggs in one basket and just rely on storing everything in a digital format on a hard drive etc. I actually have a couple of those external back up hard drives and one of them has failed on me but luckily I always back up onto 2 hard drives. But even still you can't guarantee that a hard drive will one day just cark it and you can't retrieve anything from it.

So I guess what I am saying is don't throw away any of those old original VHS tapes or whatever other media your memories are stored on. Try and look after them as best you can you'd be amazed just how many years a good old VHS tape can survive it would probably even outlast the converted video's on a hard drive!

I have stuff spread across and duplicated on so many hard drives. I still have my VCR and the tapes.

I'm actually very wasteful with this stuff. I don't re-use memory cards from my overseas trips, so they're another backup. I will buy a hard drive, to create a new central archive of everything. Copy a bunch of stuff but then never thoroughly organise it. A few years later see a bigger HDD on sale in Officeworks. Buy it, repeat.

So I'll be fine as long as the house doesn't burn down. I do keep meaning to stick at least one copy at another place.

I really need to thoroughly organise and edit a lot of my material though. Mainly my photos and videos. A lot of the time while travelling I was doing long trips without much time to do detailed editing and organising. So I would do a little while travelling. Post some on the socials. Then come home with tens of thousands of photos and it never get around to it. Then do another trip and it builds.

Lockdowns would have been a good opportunity but it didn't seem conducive to good mental health to lock myself away meticulously going over photos and videos from when I was having the best experiences of my life. Although, maybe it would have been good.
 
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Converse

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While we are on the subject of saving and long term storage of files etc, maybe i'm just really unlucky but I have had about 4 of those USB memory sticks stop working on me over the years. They were all different brands and I just thought i'd mention this as the failure rate of these new modern dodgy little devices is unbelievable!

I will not store anything I want to save for a long time on any USB stick, I have had too many stop working on me and I will never trust them with any files you want to save for a very long time.

Cheers!
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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…I was talking with family members today and we were talking about how we always used to go to pubs in our area to hear the local Sydney bands doing the rounds until they became famous… one of those bands were the ‘Zarsoff Brothers’… there was…
  • Izzy Foreal – Vocals and Bass.
  • Smokey Zarsoff – Guitar.
  • Shaggy Zarsoff – Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals.
  • Bologne Zarsoff – Drums.
  • Bernie Zarsoff – Keys.
  • Bluey Zarsoff – Guitar and Sax.
  • Rory Zarsoff – Guitar.
  • Lefty Zarsoff – Drums
…they were always so crude… nearly every song was rude and dirty… they were hilarious… we saw them quite a few times… some of their songs were…
  1. Bumsweat (crusty bits and spangers)
  2. Shit bugger bum (bitch piss cock fart)
  3. They won’t let us show it at the beach
  4. Nose pickin boogie
  5. Dicks don’t grow on trees
…just to name a few lol!… they were sensational!… geez they were good… they had a cult following because they were so irreverent lol!… here’s ‘Bumsweat’… cheers.

 

Mr Stickyfingers

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…yesterday while rummaging through a drawer in my computer desk in my garage I found an old ‘kazoo’ that we confiscated from one of the kids about …(wow! … it must’ve been about 35-40 years ago methinks)… (I hid it in an old glasses case and totally forgot about it lol!)… anyhow… we confiscated it because he kept blowing it all the time because he thought at that age that it sounded like a ‘musical fart’… it always cracked him up way back then… it was driving us mad so hence the confiscation…

…well… me being a teenager at heart (my sweet darling wife thinks that I’m going through my 6th childhood)… I couldn’t resist it… I kept blowing it until Mrs Sticky told me to “stop that racket… the neighbours will complain!“… well… me being me I kept doing small bursts of the kazoo as if I were farting every time Mrs Sticky thought that I had put it away… after a few times of me being a child she calmly said to me in a low quiet voice… “if you don’t stop blowing that bloody thing I’m going to shove it where it sounds like it comes from… you won’t enjoy it so much anymore… throw it away… I‘ve always told you that you’re a hoarder!”… lol!… god bless her heart!…

…anyway… moving on… I told her that how about I just put it back in the drawer until we see him again and when he’s comfortable that I get it out and started blasting away on it to annoy the shit out of him and then give it back to HIS grandkids to annoy the hell out of him?… surprisingly Mrs Sticky said… “great idea… that’ll be sweet revenge,”… (she’s not usually like that so colour me ‘impressed’)… so… we now have a plan… muhwahahahahaha! (evil laugh) 👹🎃👺👻🤡😈… I can’t wait lol!… cheers.
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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…I posted this in the thread ‘Space… The Final Frontier’ in ‘The Rabbit Ears‘… I meant to post it here too… afterall… it is a childhood memory… anyway… here it is…

...haha!... this article (in the other thread)… reminds me of when I was at High School in the early 70's when I was in a 'Science' class one day... 'Black Holes' were a newly discussed topic with our rather 'enthused' Science teacher because it was the talk of the Scientific world at the time... so there he was prattling on and on and on and bloody on about 'Black Holes'... and because I was such a little shit of a kid at the time I grew bored with him blah blah blahhing on about them so I chose the right time when he paused and then asked if we had any questions... of course... because I was that little shit of a kid I put my hand up and the conversation went something like this from memory...

Me:... "Sir!... can I ask you a question?"...
Sir:... "yes Peter"...
Me:... "you're telling us that Black Holes are swirling around the Universe and are devouring everything that they encounter right?"...
Sir:... "yes... that's right Peter"...
Me:... "so not even Light can escape being sucked into it?"... (I take it a step further)... so it sucks in EVERY SINGLE THING in it's path no matter what it is... right?"...
Sir:... "yes that's right too"...
Me:... "okay... so what if two Black Holes swirl towards each other and finally meet each other... do they suck each other off?"...

...yes... the classroom erupted into laughter... and yes... I was in a LOT of trouble for that... I deserved it... as I said... I was a little shit of a kid at the time... true story...

…the follow on part of the story that I never mentioned before was… the Teacher just pointed to the classroom door for me to wait outside… a little later the Science Master was doing his rounds… he asked me… “what have you said or done this time”… (it was a regular thing lol!)… when I told him what I said this time he just rolled his eyes and motioned me to his office to get yet another ‘six of the best’ (a caning on the fingers)… it hurt but boy it was worth it!… (and… I swear he smirked when I told him… I swear he did!)… like I said… a true story… cheers.
 
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