Should I get my mum a Kindle?

Nicholas Clark nick at
Wed Sep 21 09:29:36 BST 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 09:04:29AM +0200, Philip Newton wrote:

> Yeah. Especially radio programmes that you missed, so (a) you weren't
> there to hear them live and (b) you didn't think to program your
> stereo deck to record the show to cassette in advance. (Are there
> stereos these days that can record to CDs or internal storage of some
> kind? For that matter, are there stereos that you can make them record
> something on a timer?)

In the good old days, the only way that I was aware of was to have a
cassette deck set up to record, with the mains power controlled by an
external time switch. (Optionally, with the radio too.) When the power
pings on, recording starts. Obviously, recording ends at the earlier of
the power going off, or the tape running out.

To record a second programme, replicate the above equipment.

I'm not aware of time programmable recording devices appearing (for
consumers) until the rise of the video recorders.

Nicholas Clark

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