February 1963 Popular Electronics
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Remember tape recorders? They began going the way of the typewriter
about two decades ago when
solid state voice recorders hit the market, but now smartphones
with sound recording have made even those devices seem outdated. In
fact, when my daughter's house burned down a few weeks ago, all of the
on-site conversations with the insurance adjuster, fire marshal, and
housing contractors were recorded to ensure an accurate account of what
was said by all parties. Even though I was 800 miles away at the
time, I was still able to listen to the dialog. In North Carolina, law
does not require you to apprise other parties taking part of the conversation
that they are being recorded, so long as the person doing the recording
is an active participant in the conversation (aka "one-party
consent"). But I digress... back to the tape recorder era. These
four comics were drawn by Mr. Bill Hutchinson for Popular Electronics
back when not only were such devices still the only option for civilians,
but they contained vacuum tubes to boot. Enjoy!
What to Do with a Tape Recorder (until the hi-fi arrives)
By Bill Hutchison
... then the Lone Ranger mounted his white horse ..."
... don't let anyone kid you; you are the brainiest executive
this company, or any company, ever had ..."
"That is NOT my voice! You've .!!!! You've fiddled with those
controls to make it sound awful."
"He read in POP'tronics about someone who recorded porpoises
Posted April 15, 2014