Monday, December 27, 2010

20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

From the Huffington Post:

"The last ten years have brought us a windfall of new gadgets and gizmos, and with them, a new way of life. Since 2000, we've gained iPods and iPads, Travelocity and Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, BlackBerry smartphones and Android devices, Xboxes and Wiis, among many other new services, sites, and electronics. We're now poking, tweeting, Googling, and Skyping.

But in that time we've also changed our habits and lost a few things, too. As we look forward to 2011, HuffPostTech has taken a look back at the 20 things that have become obsolete this decade."

Check out the list here, includes dial-up Internet, newspaper classifieds, maps, watches, travel agents, VCRs and VHS tapes, etc.   

6 Comments:

At 12/27/2010 10:27 AM, Blogger traduceri said...

I still buy vhs tapes as there are a lot of things not going to dvd such as profession­al wrestling tapes from the 80s - 90s as well as a lot of indie movies, concerts etc etc. I still buy physical music, cd's, vinyl records etc. I'm not buying digital only music and I don't know many people that are. I still go to my local bookstore when amazon takes forever to send me a book. I still play my nes, and i utilize the library a lot. I'll agree on most things, but a lot of media is NOT obsolete.
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At 12/27/2010 1:00 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Accretion, rather then replaced by obsolescene, probably describes the circumstance of some of these things. Books, vinyl records, wristwatch and maps are not obsolete in my life but rather less used.

 
At 12/27/2010 1:16 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Buddy-

I may disagree with you on many things, but man, high quality vinyl records and music systems never have that empty, or tinny sound of CDs, and other digital music.

I would also like to know how Americans went from producing superlative popular music (Aretha Franklin, Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles) to whoever these losers are today.

 
At 12/27/2010 1:17 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Traduceri-
"Professional wrestling tapes from the 80s"
Really?

 
At 12/27/2010 1:42 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Benji, yep, vinyl has the better sound BUT you better get to Amoeba soon because of rising prices!.

 
At 12/27/2010 3:10 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Why am I not suprised that HuffPo gets it wrong on a few counts?

Watches and maps won't be going anywhere anytime soon...

The typical consumer GPS unit just won't do except for running around town...

40% of US households don't have broadband service...

Maybe in the US travel agents are becoming obsolete but that's hardly the case in other parts of the world...

re: # 4 - Forgetting... Hmmm, did the author forget that old computer saying? Remember G.I.G.O?

Encyclopedias = wikipedia?!?!

roflmao! That's just plain foolish...

Landlines aren't going anywhere...

DSL, cable internet service, and fiber optic service all can and do carry typical telephone traffic...

# 19 -'Although wires are still around (for now!), they're well on their way to being a thing of the past'...

Ahem, where does this clown that penned this silly article think the source for wireless service (any kind of wireless service) gets it data in the first place?

Without wires where's the juice going to come from to power the wireless?

Typical HuffPo - long on rant and short on substance...

 

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