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Use a virtual punch card and dot matrix printer to search for cats online

Want to see how your grandad would have used the Google back in the day? Well now you can

If you’re nostalgia sensors are still tingling from our foray into the forgotten sounds of tech then you’ll be delighted to hear that you can now use a virtual old fashioned computer punch card and dot matrix printer to search the interwebs with Google.

Web designer Norbert Landsteiner’s Google 60 lets you type in queries with an onscreen keyboard before punching the relevant information into a computer card – a bit of kit considered old even by the Stuff office elders.

Type in “cats” for example and you’ll be greeted with an onscreen dot matrix printout, with glorious sound effects to boot. It’s the perfect way to kill 15 minutes on a depressingly wet Friday afternoon, even if it does decrease your productivity by 95 per cent.

[Google 60]

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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Computing, mobile, audio, smart home

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