We recently wrote about smells that evoke nostalgic memories. Many claim that smell is the most powerful sense, as it brings up memories from the past. Sound is also powerful in that it helps us remember our childhood, and times gone by.
According to a recent article, Ryan Dube explains that for generations of early technology users, sounds of technologies from an earlier time can evoke powerful memories of childhood games, long nights of online chats, and new email messages.
Dube lists five top sounds from a time when technology was simpler and these sounds along with the technology that they accompanied was just being introduced into our daily lives.
1) The whir of the floppy drive:
Do you remember waiting as our computers tried hard to read data from floppy disks? We would wait patiently as the floppy driver whirred away and we hoped that our disks were not too damaged to be read.
2) Dial-up modems:
Back in the days when one had to commandeer the house phone line to use the Internet, to dial into a local dial-up service, the sound of that connection-in-the-making was memorable. A series of long beeps and static, it was a sound of anticipation for all the online surfing to come.
3) You've got mail:
Back when the Web was new, AOL was the most popular internet service provider. We couldn’t wait to hear the voice saying “you’ve got mail” when we checked for new messages.
4) Dot matrix printing:
The chirping of the dot matrix printers will forever be etched in our minds. The print head would move from left to right as reams of paper slowly pulled past it.
5) Windows 95 Shutdown:
Starting with Windows 95, users had to hit a shutdown button and wait for the computer to shut off. The shutdown sound, 'Tada', let you know that your PC was finally turning off.
What sounds from early technologies do you remember? Do they remind you of your childhood?
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