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An iPod Before Apple?

Let’s look back in time to the dark ages before Al Gore’s intertubes ruled the world and everyone had a two-way wrist communicator like Dick Tracy’s.

Way back in ancient history in 1979, inventor Kane Kramer got a patent for an idea/invention that was basically Apple’s iPod.

“Kramer’s device, the IXI, was flash-based, even though flash memory in 1979 only could have held about three minutes of audio, and featured a screen, four-way controls, and was about the size of a cigarette pack. Even weirder, he envisioned the creation and sale of digital music …”

Wouldn’t you be kicking yourself if you let the patent go out of date for this like Kramer did in 1988?

Also, please don’t get Kane Kramer confused with Cosmo Kramer, inventor of the Manzier.

Gizmodo has more on the prehistoric iPod story.

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Calling Sheep Not Counting Sheep

Over at PopFi, there’s a post of pics of a flock of unusual sheep.

These ewes are made of, not flesh and bone and wool, but curly cords and other parts from old rotary dial phones.

The telephonic sheep will never produce the wool necessary to foster artistic creations like crocheted body parts and three-dimensional typewriters by crafty artists.

Just think about the fact that there are some kids alive today who won’t recognize this “technology” and they certainly wouldn’t understand Ernestine’s “one ringy dingy” profession. All they know are cell phones and ring tones and Bluetooth.

Amazing times we live in and we often are moving at such a rapid pace we forget to take note.