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Tuesday
Apr092013

Something for you to read while I'm offline for a while....

On 11 April 2013 I'm finally getting some long needed surgery on my troublesome sinuses. Provided that everything goes according to plan, I'll be back home the same day...with a wad of dressings up my nose and possibly a black eye or two.

The reason I'm telling you this is because afterwards I'm going to take approx 10 days off and therefore won't be updating the site or responding to comments, messages or emails during this time.

Making decent quality voiceovers will be impossible until things heal up, so apologies to anyone who has sent me items to review - I'll get to these as soon as I can when I'm back up and running properly.

(UPDATE - Surgery was successful, but recovery is likely to take a while - next site update -  May 2013)

To give you something to do in the meantime... here is another in my occasional series of Trips Down Memory High-Street.

Below is a Christmas 1985 Catalogue from the UK High Street Electrical Retailer Laskys. Laskys was less common than Dixons (in more ways than one). Their product line was a bit more upmarket and aspirational, for example they sold HiFi separates where Dixons preferred ready assembled Mini Systems.

I remember the Laskys in Manchester's Arndale Centre as being a long dark cave filled with flashing LEDs and VU meters. When I started working in Manchester a couple of years after this 1985 catalogue was printed, I regularly visited their shops to lust over the CD Portable Boomboxes which would have cost me well over a month's wage at the time. This catalogue is interesting because it claims to feature the "Worlds First" portable Compact Disc Stereo, which cost £399, the CD555 from Philips.

Another very strong Laskys memory I have from around this time, probably the same shopping visit where I picked this very catalogue up, was seeing an demonstration of an Atari ST and its High Resolution SM124 Monochrome Monitor with the (at the time) impressive resolution of 640x400 at 71.2hz. It was the first time I'd seen a computer display that didn't flicker and looked to my eyes then, as sharp and white as a piece of paper.

Other things to look for in this catalogue are the Sony WMW800 Back-to-Back Tape-to-Tape Walkman, an Aiwa Personal Stereo with a wired Remote Control - something I remember being desperate to own, a Panasonic 'portable music system' with a slide out turntable, the last of the Disc cameras, a Casio B&W pocket TV, the Nintendo Donkey Kong 3 Micro Vs LCD Game, and the popular James Bond Musical Alarm LCD watch. CDs were already well established by the time this catalogue was printed with various players available, including a twin disc model and portables including the D50 from Sony.

The competition to win the Golf GTI has expired now so don't bother entering, I think the car has probably been scrapped by now too. The thought of getting the sum of £50 spending money for your free holiday made me smile.

Laskys was bought out by Comet in 1989, and the branches disappeared completely, but the name was resurrected in 2006 as an online retailer, which then disappeared when the Comet chain closed in December 2012.

 

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Reader Comments (32)

I'm loving these trips down memory lane, Mat. :)
All the best for your surgery. I hope it all goes well and that you receive some lasting benefits from it. Looking forward to your return to YouTube and this blog.
Regards,
b.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiggles1024

Thanks again for sharing, Matt, and all the best for the surgery. I hope it's not too uncomfortable afterwards. Take your time and come back fighting fit!

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

On the subject of Laskys, if I remember correctly, they were non-existent north of the border but I stand to be corrected. But the catalogues would still be found occasionally in photographic magazines and the like.

And... I'm pretty sure I still have my 007 watch up in the attic somewhere!

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Brilliant. I only found your website a few days ago and I'm already hooked, a great trip down memory lane. Hope the surgery goes well Matt.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHankhill

I love the nostalgia / educational trips from the past so keep doing them when you can! Oh and I hope your operation goes well and the outcome is what you want.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan H

Wishing you the best with the surgery and recovery... take your time, relax. Techmoan fans will survive.

-Mike (Virginia, U.S.)

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

Thanks everyone, it should just be a fairly uncomfortable routine procedure.

Please feel free to jump in and answer any questions or comments you see from people asking for help and advice.

Don't feel that you are stepping on my toes by responding to any questions directed at me, I welcome the help.

I know Biggles has helped me out like this in the past and its been very much appreciated.

April 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Best wishes to you Matt

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeo f

Wow, to think that music today came from these, I remember my first walkman! And then I looked "so cool" with the first discman around. Today we play music on devices no bigger than the king of spades!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSyprez
April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Good luck!

I hope everything goes well and you are back soon.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Best of everything with your surgery and a speedy recovery. Looking forward to hearing the New Improved Techmoan!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ebell

Best wishes on your surgery. May you find new inspirations during your down time.

I noticed the £1300 video camera that could record directly to VHS. I never was a fan of 8mm tapes.

Question for the group.

Since we can't live in the past (yet) and if you had £1300 for a video camera, what would you buy these days? It might make an interesting comparison of old vs new.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo

Sounds like the same surgery i keep putting off..
Computer games on tape! Oh how i remember waiting for them to finish screaming and loading.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave w

@Capt Nemo - spend £1300 video camera?

That ought to buy the astonishing (and only just announced) Black Magic Compact Cinema Camera and a suitable MFT lens, the Olympus 9-18 f4 is in budget but perhaps stretch the budget a tad and get the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 which you can get for @£800 and will take the kit to a bit over £1300 and you'll still need a mic.

But what you can do for the money? Gobsmacking!

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

It was great to read that your surgery went well. We're all eagerly awaiting your return to making and posting videos, but not until after you're fully recovered.
All the best,

b.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiggles1024

Has the VW badge been stolen from the car on page 31? If so, someone at their marketing department was year or so ahead of their time!

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Glad to hear that it went well.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazzist

Fascinating to look back at 1985 prices so accurately. Remember VAT was only (only!) 15% in 1985, but asking £550 for a bog-standard (as against Super) VHS VCR makes me choke. In today's money that's a cool £1240.43.

Even though we're paying 20% in tax we've never had it so good, folks.

tom.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

@tom. Well, the house I'm sitting in now would have cost @£45000 in 1985 and I would guess I could sell it now for over £200,000. So while electronic goods have tumbled in price the cost to buy the place we keep them have rocketed!

And another way to look at it is when the next 'must have' comes along is not to panic and get into debt to have it as something much better and cheaper will be along soon enough!

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

No way! I have that Canon VME1 camcorder up in the attic! Bought at a car boot sale over a decade ago for a tenner I think it was, it's HUGE and heavy compared to today's standards but still works. The image sensor it uses is so old that it doesn't respond to fast light changes, so sharp bright lights will leave streaks when you move the camera - it'll give you a true 80s analogue video picture quality to today's world :D

Nice trip down memory lane looking through that magazine, I still have my first ever 'walkman', an ALBA model with Play FFWD & Stop controls that ran off 4x AA's, oh and it has an FM stereo radio built in which would still run when the batteries couldn't turn the cassette.

I also have a Betamax machine and a laserdisc player, but that's another story.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@ voyager: electronic goods get cheaper because they're making lots of them and competition is fierce. They're not making any more houses so the ones that are here are expensive. Anything that's rare has scarcity value.

And while I'm here can someone explain to me why Techmoan advocated avoiding MJPEG car cameras? I know it's pretty old technology, but is there more to it than that?

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Here's wishing a speedy and full recovery!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Wishing you a speedy recovery Mat! Hopefully we'll get a full review of your surgery! :-)

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Get well soon mate!

Cheers!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

All the best wishes from Denmark. I hope you get a full recovery soon.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenshenrik

Hey Matt. Just wanted to pop on and wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery. Good to take a nice long rest.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonny P

@ Techmoan nice to see you are on the mend ..........A slovakian trying to pass himself off as your good self.....whatever is the world coming to...he is on a hiding to nothing....;there is no way in a million years that he is ever going to imitate your dulcet tones .Got to give him a mark for his audacity though or should that be stupidity .....minus ten perhaps.......Here is to your full and speedy recovery.......Ipol..

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

I hope ur getting better quickly. I Really miss ur shows. Perhaps the ,much anticipated, 808 #26 will be available once ur back behind the camera. Lol..."imitation is the highest form of flattery"...something like that. Anyway, just wanted to send my regards. Really miss u -meyekul... san Francisco USA

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermeyekul

Techmoan withdraw symptoms kicking in now.

Symptoms are:

Frequent checking of app :@(

Checking of YT site :@(

Tweet checks :@(

Web site checks :@(

Quietly sobbing into hankie while key board gets wet ;@(

Get well sooooooon Matt. Missing your Manchester drawl. :@)

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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