The '90s is described as a time much more simpler than now. No 4G, no mobile apps, no curved ultra-HD TVs—you could argue that the gizmos we have today seem futuristic back then.
That being said, that decade still produced a number of iconic gadgets and software that made life easier...and produced the kind of sounds that will forever be part of tech's audio history.
In this edition of FHM Makes You Feel Tanders, we take a look back at such thingamajigs by bringing them back to life through the nostalgia-inducing sounds they made. For the geeks of the '90s, think of this as a trip down techie memory lane; for the youngins, well, say hello to the forefathers of the super slim and hi-tech gadgets you're using now.
Nostalgia fest, up ahead!
THE DIAL-UP SOUND
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Hearing this sound means someone's trying to connect to the Internet via a dial-up modem and guarding the landline with his/her life.
THE DOT MATRIX PRINTER SOUND
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This sound can be described as ten cats scratching metal while shouting their mating calls all at the same time. Often heard in busy offices, it's a sign that someone's getting shit done (or wasting paper).
WINDOWS 98'S STARTUP CALL
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Back then, Windows 98 was seen as Microsoft's next-gen operating system, offering oodles of upgrades over its predecessor, Windows 95. Its mildly operatic startup sound signalled that nice things are about to happen, which usually involved surfing sites like Edsamail and AOL and playing games like Scorched Earth and Duke Nukem.
THE FIRST-GEN PLAYSTATION'S WELCOME TONE
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For gamers of the '90s, this sound means fun is on its way! It has the same effect as a chorus of angels singing hymns and praises as they herald the arrival of the good stuff—which in this case is (ancient) 3D gaming with the boys.
THE ICONIC NOKIA RING TONE
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At a time when smartphones were reserved for the privileged few, this sound drew curious and envious glances, earning its owner the "cool kid" status.
THE VHS REWIND SOUND
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Before the age of online streaming and YouTube, the VHS cassette player is the king of home movie viewing. What made it more memorable is the satisfying sound it makes when fast-rewinding a tape all the way to the beginning, which sounds like a race car vrooming inside the contraption.
THE FLOPPY DISK WHIR
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The gentle whirring inside a floppy disk drive gave us that reassuring feeling that files were successfully being read or transferred back then. Sometimes though the sound resembled abrupt scratching noises which meant that, chances are, the school paper we needed to print cannot be read and is probably lost forever.
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