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It finally happened to me.

  1. Focus No. 9
    I attended a Memorial Day BBQ this evening. I took my gifted SRT101. I took a few shots for guests. A fellow sat down at the table I was at and asked if they still made film. He also wanted to know how I got it out of the museum.

    as a side note: I purchased the adapted wein cell..but alas the meter is dead- thinking or rather hoping the battery was dead upon arrival I took it and a 6v lithium(radio shack branded) from a newly acquired Minolta 2xi to Radio Shack for testing. The clerk said they did not have the equipment to test batteries. As well, they no longer stock Radio Shack branded batteries. They suggested I go to a battery retailer "batteries R us"(??). I left the store with tunnel vision as I saw the 20th century sinking into a black hole before my very eyes.
  2. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning, Focus No. 9;

    Yes, that kind of a thing does make it feel like an anachronism, doesn't it? Did you tell him that not only are they still making film, but people are still buying and using it?

    And, I have access not only to a Radio Shack that still has some batteries, but there is an even more extensive battery specialist in my area.

    A similar sort of thing with a guy happened to me a couple of years back. I was in a seminar taking notes with one of my little laptop computers. During one of the breaks, a fellow came up to me and asked if I really was taking notes with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100. I acknowledged that I was. He asked; "Shouldn't that be in a museum somewhere?" I like the little thing. It still works. It is small and lightweight, and it does not make my lap warm. My bigger more modern laptop computers are lucky to run 3.5 hours on a full charge of the battery, and it costs me up to about $140.00 to buy a replacement battery for them. The little Model 100 will operate for 20 to 24 hours on a set of four (4) "AA" penlight cells. There have been many times when I have wondered just how much progress have we really made?


    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington
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