It was a WANG computer. It was the first computer I had seen in person and had a card reader. We filled out cards with sharpies that comprised our computer program. We put the cards in a card reader, the cards flew through the reader, and then we looked at the results, had to find our mistakes, redo cards, etc.
When I first attended UT, I took a programming class. We had a card puncher to write our code, and a TA ran the cards through a card reader. Lots of fun making corrections and going through the whole process again.
The math tool (pre-electronic calculator) was a slide rule. Ever seen one or tried to use one?
I learned to type on a manual typewriter - not as old as the one shown - but manual nonetheless. How great it was to switch to a Smith Corona electric typewriter with eraser cartridge that you could slip in and out when you made a mistake. Too bad I didn't have one before I spilled the white-out on my new bedroom rug when I was up late correcting my typing mistakes for a high school report.
What an interesting topic, and I had to agree with the guest saying that there was not a technology that has ever truly become extinct. I believe it changes, but the concepts are still the same. Even in the comments on the NPR website folks tried to stump the guest host with items no longer being made. One asked about quill and ink pens, and had to laugh - yep still made.
Here you go - one of my Old School Favorites:
1) You had to hold this toy up to the light for proper use.
2) The toy allowed for you to purchase more "reels" for you to see the 3-D image (which was so cool because it was so neat to see the african animals running on the plains even thought it was a still image)!
3) You couldn't get the reels wet or damaged because they wouldn't go back into the toy, and then a whole series of pictures were ruined!
Oh, I have one! I bet this one is not guessed, and if it is, my guess is that a more "mature" community member will be the guesser!
The "old school" tech is an item I never owned. I coveted the one my friend owned. I had a friend who used her old one from her childhood with her kindergarteners for MANY years, and it was always amazing.
It was used in conjunction with a "record player." (If you never had one, then you probably won't know what this tech was.)
It was placed on the spindle at the center of the record, and had to be used with "special" records. All of the special records were "78s."
It animated the pictures on the label of the record through the use of mirrors- perhaps 10 small ones around the tech item.
Anyone??? Remember these??? They were fabulous!
I think that this tech tool was for those 45 rpm records otherwise you couldn't play your 45's on the record player. As for a name.....45 rpm insert or (disk) My sister and I love to toss this little disk to one another or even try to toss into a small cup as one of our little games we played when not listening to our records.