'Nar Williams is the world's most enthusiastic nerd. I found myself curiously proud of him'
I'm a geek. In 1998, while co-presenting a radio show about technology, I was loaned a Diamond Rio, one of the first commercially available MP3 players. It connected to the computer via the parallel port, had a tiny monochrome LCD display, could store 32Mb worth of music (roughly an album's worth), and absolutely blew my mind. It had no moving parts! The music came from nowhere! It was clearly alien technology; an enchanted futuristic device straight from a Buck Rogers movie. Excited beyond belief, I ran all over London showing it to everyone I could find.
Absolutely no one gave a shit. "But there's no tape, no CD, no minidisc; the music comes from its memory!" I'd squeal. And they would yawn in my face.
A few years later these people could be found cooing »
- Charlie Brooker
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