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scrivener April 26th, 2005 03:16 AM

What's Better Nowadays?
A popular theme here and at HawaiiStories is the way a lot of stuff isn't as good as it used to be. However, it's just not possible that everything about living in Hawaii is worse now than once it was, is it?

So, what has gotten better in the last ten, fifteen, twenty years? Sure, we miss some of the old hangouts, but are any of the new hangouts better? What about TV shows, beaches, roads, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and recreation?

Something's gotta have improved, right? Who's first?

helen April 26th, 2005 04:29 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
I think TheBus has improved over the years and I think it has to do with the introduction of the A, B and C Express routes.

I also think the Ward Theatre and Dole Cannery complexes improves movie watching choices, however for business around the theatres, Ward seems to have more places to eat.

And Stone Cold Creamy.

mel April 26th, 2005 10:50 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
The Apple Store is in town! Macs are faster and better than before. MacMouse Club and Mac Made Easy are still around. A lot of Hawaii people are still using Macs.

scrivener April 26th, 2005 11:10 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Nice start, especially the Ward stuff. I agree that for what it is, the area's getting much more interesting. It's a nice blend of stuff of local interest and visitor interest.

I think a huge improvement is the fact that we get to watch television shows on the same night as folks on the mainland. It used to be that we saw all the prime-time shows (except stuff like Monday Night Football) a week late, including the late-night talk shows. Even MTV was a week behind here.

Local coverage of local sports today is miles ahead of where it was in the late eighties, not only with UH-Manoa sports, but with other universities' programs and local high school athletics.

Still on the rise is the move toward distinguising division 1 and division 2 schools in high school sports. This gives the small schools a shot at some recognition and a more reasonably level playing field, too.

craigwatanabe April 26th, 2005 04:16 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Kahala Mall got better from the Waialae Shopping Center days.

Kakaako is getting much better with the improvements.

And yes the Super Block is a definate improvement from the old days of massage parlors, Korean Bars and auto shops that populated the area.

Surfingfarmboy April 27th, 2005 07:02 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
I think improvements in transportation technology have greatly "shortened" the distance from Hawai'i to the mainland. (I'm not going to argue the negatives of this). It used to be, that if one was going to travel anywhere on the mainland, via air, one had to go through mostly SF or LA, with air fare prices that were prohibitive for most. Now it's possible to travel from as far away on the mainland as New York on non-stop flights to/from Honolulu, at low fares. I booked a NY/HNL non-stop R/T (for December) two weeks ago on Continental for just over $600; I can remember when I couldn't even afford a HI-CA R/T. Technology is still expanding. Boeing announced a couple of months ago that it's rolling out a new 777 that will have the capability of flying New York to Australia NON-STOP! 18 hours of sheer flying joy!

Also: It seems Matson and CSX have greatly reduced the rail and at-sea times of their cargo containers. I recall when it was a roll of the dice predicting when a container would arrive at Sand Island. With the new computerized tracking, better rail technology, and ( for instance) Matson's expanded presence all over the mainland, I have to think that the cost of goods, in terms of relative affordability compared with inflation rates, has actually dropped. The better cargo container management has allowed, in my opinion, the "Big Box" retailers, i.e., Wal-Mart, Costco, etc., to thrive in HI where in the past, they could not, giving islanders a far greater selection of goods and merchandise that they could not get at the old general stores of the past, no disrespect to establishments like the beloved Hasagawa General Store, which I hope will continue to have their place in the HI retail scene.

Moto April 27th, 2005 10:44 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Long Distance Calling rates have significantly improved, first with the calling cards and now with Cellular Phones offering free long distance calls. I remember racking up $100+/month long distance bills when I went away to Kansas to work.

craigwatanabe April 27th, 2005 02:27 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Cell phone service and pricing have improved. When I hooked up to Verizon (then GTE Mobilnet) back in 1985 you had to buy your phone outright. I paid $1300 for my Radio Shack car phone then another $1300 for a Diamond Tel 99x (one of the first truely pocketable phones then). Peak rates were $1.50 per minute and $0.75 off peak. There were no plans, no free minutes just minutes charged. Waikiki was a dead zone and GTE didn't have their cells up yet so they "roamed" from AT&T (formerly known as Honolulu Cellular).

But talking about phone service, those of us who can remember dialing a number and party lines will also remember pulse dialing and then tone before digital central offices where punching in a number fast meant still waiting for the analog central office to complete the number sequence.

Now the number takes as fast as you can punch it in.

Oh and computer speeds have gotten better including modem speeds! Imagine a baud rate of 300 being "lightning fast" over the more common 150, then the Haye's 1200 made modem speeds fantastic. Right now the fastest dial up speed is what 56,000 or 56k as we all know it. Phone technicians new it as Switch 56 back when 56k was limited to commercial applications only. Now we're up in Broadband speeds.

Computer speeds have gone up from a meager 2.4Mhz to what is it now over 4Ghz processor speed? Ram has improved from core memory to $100 per megabyte (back in the late 80's) to $90 per Gigabyte!

Computer video has gotten better from eight blinking lights to GUI on DVI screens.

Yeah we've come a long way baby (Virgina Slims TV commercial) :)

cezanne April 27th, 2005 02:31 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
The registration process at UH has improved. If you're old as me (UH 85), you would remember registration week was hell week. Running around Klum gym like a maniac.... ugh.

craigwatanabe April 27th, 2005 10:36 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
been there!

helen August 9th, 2019 03:10 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
For TheBus the HEA web site sort of helps determine if the bus you need is coming soon or some time later.

For TV watching at least thru Spectrum's Silver you get their On Demand service which allows one to view the major network shows at some point later on. There are some trade-offs like they will keep the last 5 episodes of series available, can't fast forward thru the commercials, but you don't have to remember to set the record for the episode.

For movie watching in a theater, at least for Ward there is assigned seating, don't have to scramble for the seats.

For electronics the price of controllers have gone down. Used to be in 2006 that a controller would run for about $50 to $75. Now some of them run in the $12 to $25 range.

helen August 9th, 2019 07:05 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
For computers, the concept of single board computers like the Raspberry Pi.

Going back to movie watching, web services like fandango.com for buying movie tickets on-line, self service soda and Icee machines at the Ward Theater. For before the movie starts there is something on the screen that pasts the time as opposed to a blank screen with music in the background (or slides showing actors who passed away).

Ron Whitfield August 10th, 2019 07:42 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
decent laptop computers are v affordable now, but with every electronic gadget's function it represents another worldwide humanitarian tragedy.
good quality bass guitars at the $100 level are prevalent now, used gear is a buyer's wonderland. but suicidal deforestation is rampant, I always buy used.
sure wish I could think of more good things...

mel August 10th, 2019 02:06 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Digital cameras and smartphones have certainly made photography reachable to everyone with those devices and at less cost over the film days. So for better or worst, everyone is a photographer and millions if not billions of photos are shared online every day in an instant. That is good but can also be bad.

The downside too is that digital photography and video surveillance allows businesses and government to keep an eye on us all the time. I relish for the days when some surveillance camera isn't in a building or even outside when traveling in an urban area.

Walkoff Balk August 11th, 2019 03:08 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
HD television on a big screen tv. It's better than going to the game live.

helen August 12th, 2019 07:55 PM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Indeed, bigger sized screens for the display but not a heavy box to hold all of the electronics or the old style display tube.

I also had dental appointment this morning (8/12/19), I was thinking about this thread while they taking X-rays. In the old days (like the 90's) that they had to process the films. I assume now an x-ray sensitive sensor is placed in my mouth that is connected via a USB cable to a laptop to store the x-ray image of my teeth. This has been around for quite sometime like more than 5 to 8 years.

However what was new today was them taking a mold of my teeth, it used to be chalky and left a residue in my mouth, now there was no chalky residue and it had mild minty flavor to it.

Walkoff Balk August 13th, 2019 01:42 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
Anytime something pops in me head in pop culture. I do a search. And it's there. Yeah, I memba dat. If you watch the Netflix series Stranger Things. You be searchin' 1980's pop culture.

mel August 13th, 2019 11:31 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
For TV we have more options than before.

1. Free digital over the air channels with antenna if you live close to a transmitter.

2. The ability to dump cable and satellite TV and choose a streaming option like Netflix or Hulu.

3. Free video streaming: Pluto TV, Roku Channel, TubiTV, free You Tube and many more.

Ron Whitfield August 14th, 2019 01:31 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
youtube is old news but it and dailymotion.com or ro.ku(?) for things yt won't allow are a godsend, but there's still plenty of stuff unavailable for free viewing. the surprises to be found are astounding and the apps to save them in case they get deleted are invaluable. there's 0 on free TV I've bothered with for years, it all stinks, and movies of the last few decades suck too, but all that darn Liberal Socialist free stuff keeps me entertained and off the streets to the good fortune of many lol

helen August 29th, 2019 12:59 AM

Re: What's Better Nowadays?
TheBus: In the 1980's only some of the buses had air conditioning, it must have been during the 1990's that all of the buses have air conditioning.

Testor's Plastic Cement: In the old days they sold it in red squeeze tubes. A few months ago I encountered another version in blue squeeze tube and it was labeled as Non-toxic Plastic Cement. At that time I purchased one red tube and one blue tube but I never had a chance to use them. Last week one of the students needed some plastic cement to build a model rocket with plastic fins, I said I will bring the plastic cement from home. So this week I bring both tubes in and explained to another student that I have no experience in using the Non-toxic version. Then I got asked why would I use the toxic version over the Non-toxic one? My reply was the Non-toxic version was not available in the 1970's.

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