Sony has announced it is going to take Betamax tapes off the market.
This may astound people who thought they’d gone off the market years ago, back when Sony lost the videotape war to VHS.
What else is still being made that just about everybody might think isn’t?
Rolodex card files
Office Depot still has them and so does Walmart and Staples. The Rolodex website calls it “contact management.”
It’s called colour reversal film now. The Eastman Kodak Company still exists, too, across the lake in Rochester, N.Y.
Once a mainstay of foreign correspondents and businesses, the telex network and their clunky machines were an important method of international communication that fell out of use with the arrival of the fax machine. It still exists, though, particularly for maritime safety.
Polaroid instant cameras
Polaroid announced it would cease production in 2008 and the last batch of Polaroid film expired on Oct. 9, 2009. A group of Polaroid geeks in the Netherlands revived the film and the cameras system with the Impossible Project and they’re still doing it.
Waterbeds Canada (of course) makes them despite a 2010 article in The Atlantic called “The Rise and Fall of the (Sexy, Icky, Practical) Waterbed.” And Waterbed City in Brampton is one of three places in the GTA that sell them.
Yes, you can buy them at floppydisk.com. Why would you? Company owner Tom Persky says people buy them for data recovery, to the tune of 250,000 a year. Staples lists them, but they’re “out of stock.”
Chinese manufacturer TCL acquired the rights to the name in January and said it would re-create the company.