10 modern devices that have become obsolete




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All of our electronic devices become smaller, faster and more powerful. In parallel with this, older versions of gray hair begins to grow. When this happens, we will either tear them to the bitter end, or just throw away from history.

But the inertia of human nature – funny things. Often devices that penetrate the mass market, linger in our homes, cars and pockets, simply because we are too lazy or stingy to invest in new and better alternatives.

In other cases, old things provide us with a certain nostalgia, and in some cases even superior to modern descendants. For example, vinyl records, which are not as convenient and portable as their MP3-colleagues, give a warm sound, are attracted to the aesthetic and overall very pleasant, according to their supporters.

But most of the devices is not so lucky, especially if it comes to handheld electronics. A whole bunch of products become useless after the smartphone. When one little phone or computer can do hundreds of tasks very well, ceases to be a need to carry a photo, a video camera, tape recorder, MP3-player, paper cards and ten thousand other things.
Navigational nightmare in the form of origami


For centuries, paper maps provided our ancestors on all continents useful navigation, safe travel, economic commotion and depressing family holiday. Conventional cards have a lot of advantages. But even Christopher Columbus did not know how to put them right.

Since 2003, when the GPS-navigators and smart phones began the triumphant march around the world, sales of paper cards plummeted. Gradually certain countries to stop printing their own state map.

Paper hard to compete with a device that provides step by step instructions and tells you where to go. Of course, if the flash in the sun destroy GPS satellites and cell phone towers, and start the apocalypse, you’ll be thankful that for years kept the old, worn and poorly folded paper map. But really there are no alternatives?
Extinction alarms


Alarms ringing, annoying ticking – all you need to send to the Pterodactyl and Tyrannosaurus. Need for alarm clocks and was exhausted with the advent of smartphones.

Why, indeed, lay a couple of hundred rubles for what has become a familiar feature phone? Someone else buys the alarm? The smartphone does not begin to flash when the battery sits. Does not shine in your face red. He did not have back-up power in the form of a 9-volt battery.


CD-ROM – slow. Direct cable connection is difficult to establish. Flash, unlike these two options, fast, overwritten and almost instantly recognized by all kinds of devices. And now that they are ubiquitous, they are mere pennies.

Flash deliver things fun. They store many megabytes or gigabytes of data that can be written on them in minutes to many months. Transmitting data at a high speed. Appear in the form of a keychain, which is very convenient.

However, there is one problem. Now you can get access to multiple services free storage in the cloud – for example, Dropbox. Instead of having to deal with physical shtukentsii that is easy to lose your files will always be accessible from any device connected to the Internet.

Flash were cool thing. Their short stay on top of technological mountains flashed too quickly.
Who needs wheels?


Ubiquitous optical disc that stores music, movie or software – it is a living body of our worst nightmares … that refuses to die. Yes, an optical disk can store gigabytes of data. Wow.

Yet it is easy to break. And licensed CDs are too expensive to accidentally drop this and never play. And they take up too much space. Remember those dusty shelves of disks? Memories Memories, but everything comes to an end.

Disks are slow enough. Insert a CD-ROM. Wait. Wait for another. A cup of tea. Perhaps only if the program installer sees fit to start.

iPod and other digital music players helped drive the move away to another world. Flash and clouds help to do the same CD-ROM drives. Nowadays, optical disks and CD-drives are useless addition, and not need to travel. Streaming Services, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, watching movies rental gradually destroy the DVD and Blu-ray, which also has no place in our lives.


Today they seem so strange. There was a time when the inclusion of notes, voice recorder and calendar in one device seemed to innovation. These wonderful devices were called PDA (personal digital assistant) and were very steep. But not for long.

In fact, there are still people who use PDAs, despite the fact that the cheapest smartphone ahead of their performance. This is a bit of affection or something.

Indeed, the exception might be warehouses, hospitals and other similar companies, where workers need a way to keep track of inventory, collect data, or manage products. But it is universally treated with inexpensive tablets.

In addition, we can not possibly give up the stylus. Maybe in ten years, or the efforts of Samsung , we still go back to this wonderful digital pen.
Dial-up access


Around the world, about 5 percent of people still use dial-up access to the Internet, the so-called “dial-up» (dial-up). In contrast, 70 percent of people use high-speed broadband access. Their online performance, shall we say, different.

When you connect through a broadband connection, you can play audio and video to multiple TVs and computers at a time, while sitting in the tablet and smartphone. If you are using dial-up access, the only page in the browser can be loaded minute.

Of course, the reason that somewhere in our world is still lagging technological progress can be anything, from the remoteness from civilization to the level of poverty. Nevertheless, it is a problem to be solved, and forget about it, as a nightmare.
Pagers, remember?


There was a time when the pager on his belt was the equivalent of “Rolex”. You were the one who is always in touch. Most often, a doctor or a lawyer (or a drug dealer). In any case, the importance of a pager meant. At the moment it will only mean that you are hopelessly behind the times.

And yet, not so many years ago, people bought millions of pagers. In some rare cases, they can work a little more reliable than the phone or something with internet access. In American hospitals still practice paging. They rarely sit down and have a good connection.

But this is not enough to save the pagers. Like everyone else, doctors prefer multifunctional smartphones and do not want to wear a few gadgets . Soon pagers remain on the sidelines, and the new generation will not even know it.
Kilometer tape


“Habitual all VHS tape quickly moving towards outdated 8-track” – this Washigton Post wrote in 2005. And ten years later, you know what? VHS has not died before the end. At least for us.

People are still places to buy VHS-cassette. Their ultimate goal is difficult to determine. Did they make good bookends. Possibly, the tape is unwound and used as a serpentine. Perhaps someone too sorry that his old TV set and video just idle.

However, in many regions of the world VHS holds up surprisingly well in the era of DVD and streaming services. The so-called “VCR” is available in many homes, even if is a mere curiosity. It’s time to move away from this.
Compact Cameras


Ironically, at the same time when pocket cameras peaked as they have become incredibly useless. Like many other consumer gadgets, these cameras have become victims of smartphones and only one reason: no one wants to wear a smart phone and a camera.

Not that smart phones to take good pictures. Most models can hardly be called a good friend of the photographer. But a compromise in the form of a simple camera in your smartphone – it’s easier than another device in your pocket or bag. That is why in 2010, manufacturers sold about 132 million compact cameras, and three years later – 50 million less.

Of course, there are still many people who do not want to acquire a smartphone, and of those who love the quality of the small chambers. For all other pocket cameras are losing any sense.
Air against the earth


It’s like a modern air force against the Romans. There is no competition. There is just a matter of how much time it will take to the air forces of cellular technology to eradicate terrestrial landlines.

For years, many households have used both services. Mobile phones – for convenience, and traditional landlines – just in case. Most young consumers under the age of 30 years do not see the point in paying for the service lines and cellular phones simultaneously. In an era when almost 90 percent of the population has a mobile phone, landline phones will die off faster.

All the technologies change and develop, even these most landlines. But no matter how long they have been with us, in the end they will replace something more new and comfortable.


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