Do you agree on some of the things that have become redundant like VCR's, travel agents, Encyclopedias, CD's and phonebooks you consider other things like classifieds, maps and calling a part of the future?
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B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2767 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6324 times:
Watches are obsolete? I have always loved the look of a nice watch, and I wear one every day. I own at least 3 nicer watches to go with my outfits for work, and another 2 watches to wear out and about. Has anyone else completely done away with watches here? I'm kinda curious now LOL!
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tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 4633 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 6279 times:
Quoting MrChips (Reply 2): Watches are an important part of any well-dressed man's wardrobe
Well that's the point, watches are not needed anymore, they are now equivalent to cuff links, just a part of a persons wardrobe. I haven't worn a watch regularly for years (only for reasons of "show") and nowadays you don't have to because every cell phone has one.
They are somewhat obsolete however I have found that I do need to keep one around as I don't always want to restart my computer to look up something (of course I bet many people never turn of their computer). The other thing related to phone books that is almost obsolete is the Address Book (physical version) but I have had instances recently where I was stuck due to a power outage and an internet outage and couldn't contact people because I couldn't "look them up".
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JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 6260 times:
Quoting tugger (Reply 3): They are somewhat obsolete however I have found that I do need to keep one around as I don't always want to restart my computer to look up something (of course I bet many people never turn of their computer). The other thing related to phone books that is almost obsolete is the Address Book (physical version) but I have had instances recently where I was stuck due to a power outage and an internet outage and couldn't contact people because I couldn't "look them up".
Do you have a cell phone?
Per the article, I completely disagree that calling has become obsolete. Has it been reduced? Sure, but not obsolete. I'm on the phone multiple times a day for both work and personal use despite the fact I have an Android on my hip and internet/email in front me me all day long.
In the next ten years I see TV as we know it and personal desktops becoming obsolete. Google TV and/or Apple TV will shape the future of streaming TV, as opposed to grossly overpriced and inefficient cable/satellite/fiber optics. Desktops will lose their value as portable devices such as laptops/netbooks/tablets/smartphones continue to increase in capabilities and popularity.
photopilot From Cuba, joined Jul 2002, 2439 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6224 times:
I simply don't understand people who don't wear watches and use their cellphone, etc to tell the time.
I can be walking along with both hands loaded up with stuff, roll my wrist over and read the time. You just can't do that with a cellphone. A cellphone is just so darn inconvenient to use as a timepiece. No class at all, IMHO.
How often are both of your hands loaded up with stuff to the point where you would actually need a watch at that exact moment to tell time? Not often at all, I would imagine. Watches are on their way out because they are redundant and cost money. There is nothing unclassy about checking the time on your phone, unless of course you're doing it at a time where checking your watch would be considered rude as well.
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6143 times:
Simple itineraries may best be booked online, but some tour companies still only sell their products through travel agents. Travel agents can be of immense help in organising complex itineraries involving several destinations.
A telephone call may often be more a effective way of getting things done than email. With email you have no way of knowing whether it has been read or acted upon until the addressee responds. If you are phoning someone to say that you will be late to lunch it's probably safer than relying on email. After-all the addressee may have already be in the car and driving to the restaurant.
Bookstores have some life left in them. Sometimes it is just easier to have two or more books open side by side when looking up references. Another benefit is that books don't have batteries that go flat or need to be recharged. People said books would become obsolete when the film/ movie industry grew. The reverse happened as people went out to buy the "book of the film of the book." Ordering something online is convenient but like many people I prefer to physically check out a book before I buy it.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 19716 posts, RR: 56 Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6130 times:
Quoting tugger (Reply 3): I haven't worn a watch regularly for years (only for reasons of "show") and nowadays you don't have to because every cell phone has one.
A simple look down at the wrist is a hell of a lot easier and faster than reaching into a pocket, pulling out a phone, looking at it, and then putting the phone back into the pocket.
Quoting JetsGo (Reply 6): There is nothing unclassy about checking the time on your phone, unless of course you're doing it at a time where checking your watch would be considered rude as well.
You're in a darkened theater, and you want to know the time. In order to get the time from your phone, you'd probably have to turn the backlight on, which is distracting to everyone around you. Whereas the luminescent hands on your watch are still visible, and disturb nobody.
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FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1324 posts, RR: 24 Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6129 times:
I think it's a poorly written article... there are many items on that list that are still commonly used frequently in daily use. Here's just a few I think are not obsolete.
CDs: May not be used as often with the advent of the MP3 player, but almost all vehicles still have a CD player and if it doesn't have a aux input for a MP3 player you have no choice but to use CD's. From time to time I still burn, or buy a CD I really like, so I have something to listen to while driving.
Watch: They are still used everyday by millions of people. Some jobs may discourage you from having you cellphone on you while working or the job may not allow for it. ie It's in the way in your pocket etc. So the only alternative is a watch. Where I'm currently employed I don't carry my cell phone while on the job incase it gets broken or smashed when I'm working.
Maps: Probably my biggest objection. Tell any pilot that maps are obsolete and we'll just laugh at you. By law we have to have them on us while flying. But it's not just pilot who use maps everyday, geologists, surveyors... Now your probably saying well what about people who don't use maps for their profession? Do you think a hiker always has cellphone reception while out hiking?
There are some things I agree with though. They may not be 100% obsolete, but I agree with VCRs, film cameras and Faxs to a certain degree.
Anyway, that's my .
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 19716 posts, RR: 56 Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6114 times:
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12): Maps: Probably my biggest objection. Tell any pilot that maps are obsolete and we'll just laugh at you. By law we have to have them on us while flying. But it's not just pilot who use maps everyday, geologists, surveyors... Now your probably saying well what about people who don't use maps for their profession? Do you think a hiker always has cellphone reception while out hiking?
I don't have a GPS in my car. I still manage to get where I'm going, because I look at maps, both before I go and while enroute.
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12): They may not be 100% obsolete, but I agree with VCRs, film cameras and Faxs to a certain degree.
VCRs yes. Film cameras I'm not sure about - they've certainly moved into a market niche, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're obsolete. And strangely enough, I've had people tell me that a email with a scanned document attached isn't acceptable - they need a fax.
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soon7x7 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2800 posts, RR: 14 Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6062 times:
Watches will at no TIME disappear...they are as much a fashion statement as well as an essential tool of life. Pick up Robb report magazine, Stratos, Elite...what is the #1 item in publication ads?...watches. I can see Warren Buffet checking his cell phone to get the time...yeah...right...
Want a gorgeous scenic shot of the Grand Canyon, one that will enhance your living room wall with a 30"x40" black and white print. Go buy an "old" Victor Hasselblad medium format camera and shoot away. Quality will never become obsolete...it will always be there for those that seek it, as for the rest..."automatons"...well, my land line is ringing...gotta go!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38510 posts, RR: 80 Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6017 times:
This article is poorly written.
Yes watches, film and maps are still in.
Travel agents are still widely used outside of North America.
Still the best place to get deals here in Asia.
Quoting 2707200X (Reply 9): I am surprised they have not mentioned newspapers as the number of subscriptions has declined but I still like newspapers.
The article mentioned newspapers classifieds being taken over by Craigslist.
I guess I am the oddball because I still have a land line, use 35mm film, own a watch and still use VHS tape.
I do however have a cellphone, digital camera and have a DVD player as well.
Oh, I also have a 21" CRT computer monitor.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16824 posts, RR: 57 Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5985 times:
Does anyone remember the CRT display? Haven't seen one in a while, have you? Yet as recently as five years ago, you could still buy them.
How about the floppy disk? In 2000, the 3.5" format was still in use. I don't even know if they're made anymore...
The standard incandescent bulb (not halogen or arc) is vanishing rapidly, replaced by fluorescent tubes and LED's. I predict that by 2020 we will no longer see fluorescent tubes, as the life, efficiency, and flexibility of LED's is fully realized.
In aviation, several significant obsolescences occurred. The L-1011, DC-10, 732, and 742 saw the end of passenger use in all but a few esoteric markets. GPS replaced LORAN (IIRC), too.
The CD as a means of data storage and transfer is not yet obsolete, but as a means of music playback it essentially is. Nobody carries portable CD players anymore. Any CD is immediately ripped into electronic format and played back on an MP3 player.
I think that as thumb drives get cheaper to manufacture and get higher capacity, we will see them become the dominant form of removable media. An 8GB thumb drive at Radio Shack last week was ~US$20. The cost per GB approaches that of the DVD, and a thumb drive is much more durable.
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1408 posts, RR: 5 Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5975 times:
Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1): Watches are obsolete? I have always loved the look of a nice watch, and I wear one every day. I own at least 3 nicer watches to go with my outfits for work, and another 2 watches to wear out and about. Has anyone else completely done away with watches here? I'm kinda curious now LOL!
Within the last year, I bought 2 nice watches, and I wear one every day. It just seems weird to pull out my cell phone just to check the time. I agree with others. Watches aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18): How about the floppy disk? In 2000, the 3.5" format was still in use. I don't even know if they're made anymore...
The 3.5" floppy drive is still in production.
Very few use them but they come in handy for transferring old files from a 3.5" floppy.
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18): The standard incandescent bulb (not halogen or arc) is vanishing rapidly, replaced by fluorescent tubes and LED's.
Don't get me started on those!
That really irks me too when I see nice buildings convert to these cheap fluorescent tubes!
I had to rip the owners of the Embarcadero Center (Boston Properties) at Yelp.com for this very reason.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12562 posts, RR: 64 Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5882 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 21): Umm excuse me but I just bought an IBM 21" CRT monitor 3 months ago.
Ok I bought mines used but the model I bought is still in low rate production.
It coast a whopping $1,369.00 ! ! ! !
Whaaaaaa??? I just bought a 58'' plasma TV for less than that - with free shipping, no less!
Why the hell did you buy a CRT?
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25 bohica: Maps? Obsolete? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Tell that to Mapquest or Google Maps. Also on your GPS unit, what is that shown on the screen? Yes, a map. W
26 Superfly: I'm talking about my computer monitor. Yes I know there are a few large flat screen comouter monitors but I needed something quick when I first moved
27 Stabilator: Instant messaging. (AIM/MSN) I think texting has taken place of that for me.
28 BMI727: They tend to come in handy when you have a rental car with a nav system in a language they don't understand. Even when using my phone to navigate I a
29 nwaesc: Anyone that works in a time sensitive occupation (you know, like aviation) will still have a need for a watch. Many carriers don't allow phones at the
30 offloaded: I'd say those that survived the great internet arrival and airline commission cuts, adapted and are doing ok now. A lot of corporate biz returned to
31 Revelation: Stupid? LOL! These days the right cellphone is more of a fashion statement than the right watch. That may depress you, but hey, grandpa's pocket time
32 casinterest: I agree with Revelation here. I haven't warn a watch since High School other than to keep time while jogging (Pre Iphone) . If I am in a place where
33 daedaeg: I know few people that wear watches. I always hated them. They're uncomfortable and leave an imprint on my wrist. I get DVD's in mail, but still go t
34 IMissPiedmont: I quit wearing a watch when I was about 12 years old. That is just silly, a watch is nothing but an affectation, totally unneccessary. I don't unders
35 cgnnrw: I disagree watches, fax machines and travel agents are on their way to obscurity. Believe or not a fax machine can be very helpful and much more convi
36 Superfly: I can't wait to see the day that those over-value useless objects become obsolete. Agreed! I am still finding the best deals via travel agent on prem
37 moose135: Apparently reading has become obsolete also. If you read the text that went along with the picture, you would have seen: They were specifically talki
38 daedaeg: Wow, who does that in 2010? Why not use DVR like us normal people?
39 falstaff: I don't have cable or satellite so that means that DVR is not an affordable option. It is darn near impossible to get a DVR that will work off the ai
40 fridgmus: Totally agree guys, especially Fly's statement the the article was poorly written, VERY poorly written. I still use a travel agent when I get my leav
41 ER757: I remember seeing a story on the news a few months ago that the largest manufacturer (Sony I think) quit production, but I think others still make th
42 LH459: Exactly right. I work for a multinational TMC which focuses on small and medium sized enterprises. Our clients don't have the buying power to negotia
43 EA CO AS: I understand that - my point was simply that you can run your computer through any of the new flat-screen TVs.