classichasclass 6 days ago

My first job in college was at one of the campus eateries where they had a Coke video jukebox. It was a bank of laser disc players controlled by a PC. We discovered if you could get your hand in, you could find the keyboard and press S (I think), and get free credits. I believe it was about 50 cents a video and you could pick. This was early-mid 1990s, so a lot of grunge and alt, though my favourite was David Bowie's Jump They Say. Periodically someone came out to put in new discs.

webwielder2 7 days ago

I’m always fascinated by “vanished” history/technology. We think we have a general understanding of what happened up until now, but so much has come and gone without leaving an indelible footprint.

  • greggsy 6 days ago

    These are much like Vines, and I’m sure there will be a point where certain social media content services will be shutdown, only for the backups to be rediscovered and reinterpreted some time in the distant future.

    • tonguetrainer 6 days ago

      Google bought and shuttered Songza, which had playlists based on nuanced emotions, weather and nostalgia rather than musical genre. Like Vine, most people will never even know of it.

      • webwielder2 6 days ago

        Loved Songza. Best music discovery I’ve encountered.

    • drdec 6 days ago

      Weren't Vines only a few seconds?

      This reminds me more of MTV, back when the letters stood for something.

Animats 7 days ago

Ah, the Mills Novelty Company, which put some of the most advanced electromechanical technology of the period into coin-operated entertainment devices. Their violin-playing machine was a coin-operated device for bars and clubs. They even figured out how to make it self-adjust its tuning.

MrBuddyCasino 7 days ago

The Panoram player unit looks gorgeous:

Imagine placing an art deco wood object in a public location like a bus stop and expecting it to survive for more than a day in 2022. Different times.

  • lelandfe 6 days ago

    The aesthetic of the Fallout games just seems natural when you think about things like that!

mig39 6 days ago

Sounds like an early TikTok.