Well, there is a saying: "may you live in interesting times", it's a chinese curse..
I am an old fart at heart at 39 - I don't want any of this crap really, I like tech from about 1987 backwards. I like cassette tapes (I could tape anything I wanted without worrying about being busted for piracy, the only drawback was the DJ's voice over the beginning of the song. Well, that and rewinding and fast forwarding...), our various cordless house phones were the indestructible beige ones with the pull out antenna (you bang out 7 digits in 2 seconds flat on one of those things and if you weren't home you didn't get calls cause the phone was at home), mid size cars were as big as todays sub compacts and hardly any SUV's existed (family truckster wagons were available though, woodgrain and all), computers were stupid and totally useless on the consumer level, and hardly anybody had one (we had a Commodore 64 though), to get anywhere you had to read a map, books were made of paper, lights were a nice warm color, batteries lasted a day maybe... etc etc...
I use the tech stuff of today cause what else am I supposed to do - it's our modern culture. I often hope for a surprise EMP from space, but fat chance on that...
EDIT: Oh yea, and another thing - A camera didn't take 12 seconds to take a picture back then with all the flashing and clicking at a snails pace as you miss your shot, it just went click/flash and you could time it almost exactly if you were good..
Shrug. I have all my music in a tougher drive than a cassette. If it breaks, I go without until I can swap in a backup drive(30 seconds if I have one handy). No rewinding with a pencil, or magnetic heads getting cranky.
Mid sized cars were definitely not that small. A sedan today, and a sedan from the 80s are very similar. A geo metro is still the same size too.
I rode to Panama with 2 cheap maps. Worked fine talking to people on the road instead. more fun than that new fangled detailed folding maps.
Warm lights exist, but they use 10% of the power and last 100x longer at least.
That EMP would knock out those old warm light bulbs, and destroy just about any vehicles ignition system, computerized or not. They'd scramble your tapes too.
Bad cameras did, and they jammed, and they had light leaks, and sticky shutters, etc etc. Good Cameras didn't. That hasn't changed either. Good cameras focus and shoot faster than any manual shooter.
Timing still works, you can even shoot that pre-focused instant shoot style if you know your gear.
For example I assigned a second button on the back to spool up anti-shake, as I'm raising it to my eye, lens is prefocused by hand for the range I'll be hitting, half press to final focus and shoot. Or if it's bright out, f8 and be there still applies.
No way I can shoot that fast, or with those kinds of shutter speeds with film.