It’s the end of an era. Sometime this week, the very last VCR will be produced.
For all of you youngsters, VCR refers to Video Cassette Recorder. Back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, they were everywhere, even up into the early part of this century. Here’s a picture of a typical recorder if you don’t know what they looked like.
They used a video tape cassette to playback or record video. Why, you could even record your favorite TV show off air! (Only one show could be recorded at a time, however) Millions upon millions of these gizmos were produced. Millions upon millions of them sat on shelves with their red light flashing “12:00” over and over because they were a pain to program and set time on.
Now, the last company making them, Funai Electric Corp. in Japan, says only 750,000 units were sold worldwide – WORLDWIDE – in 2015.
When these machines first came out in the mid-1970’s, they were behemoths – in both size and price. A unit could cost you four figures.
In the past few years, you could pick one up for literally next to nothing. And they were smaller in size, and more reliable.
Of course, the DVD spelled doom for the VCR, at least as a video playback device. And then the DVR came out, driving the last nail in the coffin for recording your TV shows.
And now everything is streaming on line.
Cutting edge technology is great, until it ain’t.
That’s why Texas811 maintains the technological lead in the 811 industry. As a founding member of Progressive Partnering, Texas811 worked to develop the proprietary GeoCall® software – the advanced one-call system operating platform for use in the 811 one call industry. In fact, 25% of all locate requests in the nation use this system.
It’s available in the free Texas811 mobile apps for Apple and Android, as well as on the Texas811 Portal on the web.
Keeping old technology alive past its “sell by” date is a dicey proposition. I speak from experience, having recently restored that 1959 Loewe-Opta AM/FM radio that I chronicled in earlier blogs. That was fun for me and a hobby – and no one’s life depended on it. (Note to self: do NOT put hand into open area where capacitors are charging at 300 plus volts)
When you’re digging you need to know what you’re digging into. You need to know your locate request is in the best possible hands. Three million such requests in 2015 to Texas811 should tell you all you need to know about the technology we use to keep you safe.
And you won’t ever have to worry about programming a VCR again!
Until next week, safe digging!