It doesnt seem long ago that I was sitting in a technical seminar on the benefits of the latest video recording format from JVC – VHS. Soon afterwards the format wad adopted by the film industry as the defacto standard for video distribution. We all went out and joined video rental shops – and paid a subscription for the privilege. If we were very fortunate some kind soul would give us a VHS of our favourite film as a birthday or Christmas present. Today I spotted this notice in the window if a local charity shop. The humble VHS is a dead duck. You can’t even give them away confirming my decision to mothball my VHS recorders and discard all but my most treasured tapes to the skip earlier this year. How long before the DVD follows them?