Skip to comments.Gadget Graveyard: 10 Technologies About to Go Extinct
Posted on 04/15/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT by EveningStar
Looking back at the 20th century, it's clear that even the biggest and baddest gadget sensations will one day fall victim to technological evolution.
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Obviously written by an effete, urban pansy.
I’ve got a mini disc around here somewhere but don’t really use it.
I still do have a VHS but only for converting to DVD.
Probably right about all except wristwatches.
Landlines will fade away very slowly.
I had an uncle who owned two type writer repair shops back in the day. He made a real nice living from the business and went on very big vacation trips every year. Hard to believe in this day and age.
Do you have a DVD Rewinder?
I use DVD’s for long term data storage and recording shows off the dish. I still use my VCR for quick captures of news stories.
Hey, I still got a rotary dial phone and it still works. AT&T was charging my F-i-L about $2.50 a month rent on it. When he closed down his house, I took all his AT&T phones to the phone company. They didn’t even want the old black beauty back. Couldn’t even be bothered to crush it.
Remember when the phone company charged you for each extension line? Now I have two phones in some rooms.
BTW, you should absolutely have a corded phone (if you have a land line) in case of a power failure.
I agree about wristwatches - they will stay
or more phones will come with a wrist strap.
5 1/4 inch? Hah, puny storage. Real programmers used 8-inch floppies.
3. Wristwatches: - no subtle way of sneaking a peak at your cell phone when your boss is yammering at a meeting.
Nope and never had one; but when I donated my old (play-only) DVD player to my father and stepmother I had to point out to them that when they borrowed DVDs from the library, etc., they could just eject when done. No need to rewind.
The DB25-type printer cables are going to be gone by 2010.
I have a cell phone but use it to call the tow truck when my vehicle dies on me. To my knowledge it doesn't have a clock so I wear a wrist watch when I have to be somewhere at a certain time.
In the future no one will use spell checkers because the brain-to-computer interface will always pick the right word.
Like many of us I moved from manual typewriter to electric typewriter to word processor to computer. My first computer was a huge and heavy Royal, I believe; then a very lightweight Brother manual, Sears electric (”The Scholar”) then on to Canon WP, etc.
Typewriters really were bigger back then...
(would have posted pic but it was huge too)
Not if you live in the mountains like moi. Cell phone signals can be sketchy, and teh Intarweb cable frequently is down during heavy winds/rain.
Agree, some effete metrosexual wrote this.
Over-relaiance on modern technology is a double-edged sword. My wife takes pride in paying bills and keeping records on-line. We argue every time tax season comes around because she has tossed some important paper records. One year, after chiding me about getting certain records on line, the sysytem she accessed was down for several days. Another time, our home network was down. Paper records would have been nice then.
In the same vein, it still makes sense to have a landline, in case of emergency and your cell coverage has problems or your cell batteries are low and cannot be recharged. I keep an old rotary phone in the basement in case the power goes out.
Of course, I used to wear suspenders and a belt just to make sure my pants didn’t fall down.
In California, 911 calls from a cell phone were automatically routed to the California Highway Patrol, not the local police department.
This may have changed in some locations as the use of GPS in cell phones, and the ability to route the call based on the cell tower receiving the call are implemented.
DVDs aren’t going anywhere anytime in the near future. Their
low cost and simplicity make them an obvious choice for most
people over HTPCs or watching movies on your computer.
If Hollyweird made movies worth watching, perhaps their sales
For HIPPA regulations, private medical records cannot be sent via e-mail, unless encrypted. They must be faxed or snail mailed.
Sending records by e-mail with encryption only works within the physical boundaries of systems (e.g., the VA) and it requires some experience and effort to set up the appropriate encryption protocol. Maintenance is also a problem.
Hospitals must own half the fax machines in the US, and they are very slow to change.
Ergo, the fax is here to stay for at least another 15 years.
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A common term from those days probably still survives in the military: "Cutting orders". Every order in the 1950s went through the Mimeograph process, with many recognized acronyms; "EM WP, TPA auth" (Enlisted man will proceed . . . Travel by personal auto authorized, etc). The most dreaded one in 1951 was FECOM (Far East Command).
I have no idea what orders look like today, but I bet they are still "cut".
I can't understand why people still wear them. I have a drawer full that I never wear.
There is a clock on my cell phone
There is a clock on my cable box
There is a clock on my kitchen wall
There is a clock on my living room wall
There is a clock on my car's dashboard
There is a clock on my MP3 player
There is a clock on my computer at home
There is a clock on my two computers at work
There is a clock on my bedside table
There is a clock on my microwave oven
We are surrounded by clocks!
Why wear a wristwatch?
“Do you have a DVD Rewinder? “
Everytime I take back a video, I apologize for forgetting to rewind it. They mostly say (without thinking), “That’s ok.”
Well for one thing those clocks don’t tend to agree, with your watch you have “your” time which you can construct you’re life around. Then sometimes you’re not near any of those other clocks, stores and bars are pretty good about hiding the time from you.
What about the 8 track...ands my personal favorite...the bulb powered overhead projector..
I had a friend that lived in a nice area of Phoenix- in fact just a few blocks from Nancy Reagan’s mother. Cell phones worked in half of her home and not in the other half. Service there may be better now but we used to laugh about that. You could make calls from the living room and most of the bedrooms but not the kitchen or office.
Floppy disks? The technology is passe, but the idea isn't. Those no-suitable-name USB thumbdrives, and pocket-sized USB-powered hard drives, keep the concept of in-hand physical data retention & transport alive.
Wristwatches? Aside from knowing the time when there isn't a clock (or six) around, it's largely jewelry at this point. People still wear rings & necklaces, even though not for transport of precious metals for value.
VHS tapes? Just one step in the long line of audio/video media, all eventually abandoned. I keep my VCR to play kids videos bought at a library 10-for-a-buck get-rid-of-'em sale; cheap way to get Disney movies that will probably be wrecked eventually anyway.
Film cameras? One of the few technologies on the list that really is going dead, not just evolving to the next form.
Typewriters? I was at Smith Corona when they went under (long story about a short time). One technology that SHOULD have lasted longer but for shareholder demands. Neatly filling in a paper form still needs a tool as easy as a typewriter.
Walkman/discman/minidisc? Evolved accordingly. Hello, iPod.
Dial-up internet? Networking using a system not designed for networking. A hack-job until proper networks arrived (and I'd contend still not really arrived).
DVDs? Physical pre-loaded data storage is fading in favor of broadband. CDs, computer program media, etc. - bye bye. Blu-ray still holds out for that last vestige of high-bandwidth content.
6. Film cameras: When Polaroid announced in February 2008 that it would stop selling its famous instant-developing film, people ran out to buy up the remaining stock in order to preserve this unique form of photography. Kodak and Fuji still make film, but they, like Polaroid, are counting on their digital-camera lines to keep them afloat.
Just like cameras did away with pencils and paintbrushes, right?
Digital cameras do not offer the same response as film.
2. Floppy disks: Storing something on an external device? C'est possible? // why French , ok thats one.
3. Wristwatches: // nope, You cant see time/distance/movement with digital.
4. VHS tape and VCRs: // that was a manufacturer decision Walmart still sells them but w/o the tv tuner built in.
5. Beepers: // ok , thats two.
6. Film cameras: // Nope. Degradation of digital image and same for the paper prints.
7. Typewriters: // ok thats three. until the power goes.... then i have a nice smith-corona portable manual.
. Typewriters did have drawbacks smudged fingers, only two or three copies at a time // no problem with a mimeograph machine dufus!
gallons of whiteout //still usefull .
8. The Walkman, //still use my panasonic for walks. but switching to mp3 player. .
9. Dial-up Internet access: // writer must be urban.
10. DVDs: What's that, you say? //if not DVD - then what ?
Ditto that....but in the garage, for the radio part of it, I have a functioning 8-track tape player.
I used to have a buddy who was the finance guy for Warner Records, and he'd give me huge boxes of tapes.
They’ve been saying fax is dead for 25 years. And yet the software fax business keeps growing at around 4% annually, even during a recession. Fax isn’t dead, fax is changing, fax machines very well might be dead. But the point to point traceability will keep fax the concept around for a long time in the legal, medical and real estate worlds.
I gave up watches for a while. Drove my wife nuts, as she equates quality watches with social status. Finally succumbed and bought a nice Movado; gotta go pick it up this weekend after being in for repairs for two months ... funny, I get along fine without it...
Copy machines have morphed into multi-function printers (printing, copying, scanning, faxing, e-mailing). The pure copy machine is already dead, but the MFP which tends to look like the copy machines of old only more complicated has a lot of life left in it.
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Last year our neighbor was sh*tting biscuits, because his computer took a dump and he couldn't pay his bills or access his bank.
He was over here using our clunker quite a bit for the two weeks it took Best Buy to get him running again.
True, but the difference is becoming vanishingly small. Some cameras (see RED cinema cameras) exceed film outright.
In America's fourth largest city, we were without power for 1-3 weeks around town.
And yet we are supposed to all get electric cars that we charge up off power from our house...
And the people without power? They got gas burning generators.
We got our first word-processing computers around 1980 and used the 8-inch floppies. Wow.
Pfft, I remember when 8” floppies were the coolest new thing.
Real programmers were strong from lugging around key punch cards.
You can buy a $6,000 digital back for a ‘medium format’ camera, too (to replace the use of polaroid plates).
What price points are we talking about for equivalence?
Contracting, specifically bidding, too.
No cell phone coverage in Yrrisari.
I read stuff like this and then realize my house looks like the Smithsonian museum.
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