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Or in other words, shit your kids wouldn't understand.

I recall my first job as an accountant. Mainly done by hand, but there was a computer department. (Two lovely young girls).

You would fill in a form with your journal adjustments, send it to them, and depending on how old and ugly you were, a day or so later you got a new trial balance back.

I also recall they had to lug the backup tapes home every night - I say tapes, but to be honest easyjet wouldn't allow them as hand luggage.

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Yes. And the phone was in the hall because it was the coldest place in the house so your dad thought your mum wouldn't spend too long gossiping.

Ahh, you're sending me down the rabbit hole now...I remember when my parents got a phone in their bedroom.  It was grandly referred to as "The Extension" "John, I'm just going up to call Margaret

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2 minutes ago, Wight Flight said:

Yes. And the phone was in the hall because it was the coldest place in the house so your dad thought your mum wouldn't spend too long gossiping.

Ahh, you're sending me down the rabbit hole now...I remember when my parents got a phone in their bedroom.  It was grandly referred to as "The Extension"

"John, I'm just going up to call Margaret on "The Extension", I won't be long"

 

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A video player I had one can’t remember where from then my sister took 0ne on credit and it took pride of place down stares then my dad had to install window locks so it was covered by the house insurance.the problem was she controlled the tv then .one night my sister had a few friends around to watch porkys or similar and 3 of my friends rocked up with some beers my dads like you’ve got a a video tape what is it my mate says hardcore Dutch porn my dads like er we are going to watch porkys or whatever a laughed my mate replied ace marks got his own in his room we have been swapping tapes for months when he gets back from London 

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44 minutes ago, stop_the_craziness said:

Having a little padded seat in your hall for talking on the telephone.

We had that "BT genie" phone too!  My mum thought we were it!

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Don't think we had but I definitely remember something similar or at least similar set ups in other people's houses.  

Quite often for example it would be positioned in the hallway as you enter but the mum would hover about or sit, nattering away like no tomorrow

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No one under a certain age can possibly imagine what it was like to work in an office in 1980 when most processes were still done by hand. Nor can they possibly grasp the combination of concentration and drudgery that entailed when doing basic business and accounting processes. Even when computer systems were available they nearly always required the users to complete forms for keying centrally. The one thing in favour of paper systems was that they were often flexible. When I worked for the Inland Revenue in the 1980s if the Chancellor wanted to introduce a new tax they basically just had to design some forms for input to a clerical process and then throw relatively low paid grunts at the task. Now it would require a new computer system with all the wrangling, costs etc that inevitably entails.The good thing about the manual world was that each individuals incompetence was limited to what they could essentially dictate or write out by hand in a day.  Modern computer systems mean one mans fuck ups can now impact half the country.

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