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Things That Have Become Obsolete This Decade  
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8513 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7899 times:

I have read an article on the Huffington Post on things that have become obsolete in the past decade.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/1...ings-decade_n_800240.html#s2010848

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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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2886 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7854 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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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7829 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
Watches are obsolete? I have always loved the look of a nice watch, and I wear one every day.

Agreed. Watches are an important part of any well-dressed man's wardrobe - besides, using your cellphone as a timepiece is kind of stupid and maybe even a little bit rude.

Here's a couple of things that have become obsolete, or will be shortly - the dial tone, and the "snow" on your TV.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5589 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7809 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.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
phonebooks

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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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7790 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.

[Edited 2010-12-22 16:16:38]


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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2737 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7754 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.


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7730 times:

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):

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.



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7703 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
travel agents

Nope, I'm definitely not obsolete, and the agency where I work is always busy!   



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19687 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7690 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 2):

Agreed. Watches are an important part of any well-dressed man's wardrobe - besides, using your cellphone as a timepiece is kind of stupid and maybe even a little bit rude.

And inconvenient. I don't wear my phone on my wrist. It's hard to use my phone as a timepiece when I'm seated on a crowded train or something.


User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8513 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7687 times:

I am surprised they have not mentioned newspapers as the number of subscriptions has declined but I still like newspapers.


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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7673 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.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21624 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7660 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.

-Mir



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User currently onlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1391 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7659 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   .

Cal   



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21624 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7644 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.

-Mir



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7621 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12):
Maps: Probably my biggest objection.

Likewise. I can tell you from working in the industry that it is actually a growing industry, especially with online mapping.



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User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7592 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!


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11650 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7554 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12):
aux input for a MP3 player

It irritates me that some cars have an iPod dock instead of a generic MP3 input. Not everyone has or wants an iPod.

I think radios are becoming obsolete. I have Sirius/XM sattelite radio. I listen to it way more than I listen to radio. Most people listen to their MP3s or CDs in the car or commuting.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39878 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7547 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.  



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19687 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7515 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.


User currently onlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2748 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7505 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.

Marc


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39878 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
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.


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 ! ! ! !

http://www.serverpartswarehouse.com/...M-FLATSCREEN-MON-BLK-P1380429.aspx

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.



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8269 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7468 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
Does anyone remember the CRT display?

Since replacing the CRTs and tube TVs in our house we have seen a drop in the electric bill.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
The standard incandescent bulb (not halogen or arc) is vanishing rapidly, replaced by fluorescent tubes and LED's.

And that is the other major area where we have cut the electric bill.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
Nobody carries portable CD players anymore.

I believe that the LEDs will be the real winners when they are available at a reasonable price.


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39878 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7437 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 22):
Since replacing the CRTs and tube TVs in our house we have seen a drop in the electric bill.
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 22):
And that is the other major area where we have cut the electric bill.



I know CRTs and 100 watt standard incandescent bulbs cost more to run but I like the true color picture quality of my CRT and I don't like the dim light the fluorescent tubes give off.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13591 posts, RR: 61
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7412 times:
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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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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.
44 Post contains images moose135 : I'm a fossil...
45 kanban : concerning phone books.. there is a move to eliminate the white pages... and print only the yellow.. or charge for hard copy white pages. (however the
46 NoWorries : It seems like many things obsolete at a faster rate than they used to. The incandescent light bulb lasted over 100 years -- and I still thing it's ful
47 ltbewr : Some things that have become obsolete or have small sales or use from the past.: Compact stereos and related portable 'boom boxes' with radios, CD's a
48 EA CO AS : Hardcore gamers are going to jump your shit in 3...2...
49 Stabilator : Yep...I custom built my PC. Beats the snot out of an XBox and PS3, and I simply can't game on a laptop, they just aren't powerful enough. Desktops ar
50 Cadet985 : On a more cynical side, I do have an addition to the list. Something that has become obsolete this decade: most college degrees. I mean I know my degr
51 Post contains images jetblast : I would say the dot-matrix printer, but I work in aviation.... Go Microline!!!!
52 Post contains images Superfly : Although I'm not a gamer, I like desktops simply because I hate to carry things. I don't care how small, lightweight laptops, and smart phones become
53 soon7x7 : Both my labs process it with a third down the block from me. Me three!...I remember air to air shoots without VR,...nighttime aircraft exteriors...ma
54 Cadet985 : Or communication/journalism.... Marc
55 TheRedBaron : FAX machines are gone,,,, also car and home cassete players...
56 DocLightning : Why would you do that?
57 Superfly : See reply #26.
58 Post contains images EA CO AS : It gets delivered tomorrow. I'll let you know.
59 CXB77L : Things listed in the article that I still use: 1. VCR and VHS tapes. I still record TV programs onto video, not DVD. I do agree, though, that VHS/VCR
60 Glom : Some of that is stupid. VHS is pretty obscure now. Film is generally limited to proper photographers. Dial-up isn't mainstream but it still has its us
61 ThirtyEcho : I bought a reconditioned rotary dial phone and it is a big hit at my house (you can find them for sale on the internet). Everybody who sees it wants t
62 stealthz : I moved into a house a couple of years back and the only phone in the place was a dial phone, When the line was connected I called the phone company(
63 falstaff : I have one too. My was made in 1952 and it works great. It was never reworked and I picked it up at a yard sale for $2. I have it on my desk at my ho
64 L1011 : I must really be obsolete. I still use an Apple II computer and an Imagewriter II dot matrix printer for some data base and word processing files I ma
65 falstaff : I have no problem getting 120 developed at a photo finisher. If worse comes to worse I take care of it at work.
66 Post contains images Revelation : So you still maintain a set of paper encyclopaedias? If so, how much does a new set cost these days? I haven't touched one since the 1970s. I still l
67 falstaff : I don't use a regular phone jack, I have it hard wired to the wall, but I could easily put a phone jack on if I wanted to. I used to have a "phone di
68 Superfly : Me too! I thought I was the only weirdo that felt this way.
69 CXB77L : Well, no. Wikipedia is fine for finding out fun facts, where the accuracy is not all that important, but where my research depends on accuracy, I'll
70 EA CO AS : Aaaauuugghhh! It was delivered with several large cracks in the screen - the shipper dropped it at some point and never thought to mention it! A new
71 Post contains links Klaus : Wikipedia is certainly not to be relied on blindly, but you may be surprised to find that it is not much less reliable than established encyclopediae
72 WrenchBender : Far to many things on that list are actually useful and far from obsolete. Try finding a cell phone that operates in 2 time zones and displays it with
73 Post contains links and images oly720man : Circumstances forced it to become obsolete perhaps. View Large View MediumPhoto © John Powell - Johnny Powell Photography
74 Post contains links and images Revelation : http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/personal.html is an awesome web site for these kinds of things... I suppose that kinda makes your point, doesn't
75 WrenchBender : Revelation Exactly, I can look at my watch and see analog local time and the digital Zulu (UTC) time without having to push a button, select an App or
76 Post contains images Revelation : Indeed. It's all a function of your environment. For me, I go from home (clocks pretty much in every room) to the car (clock on the dashboard) to wor
77 WrenchBender : In parts of the world yes, but over here there are still several users of 727's for pax service, Iran Aseman Air, Ariana Afghan Airlines are 2 operat
78 Revelation : Interesting. Of all the thoughts I've had of Afghanistan, I had never thought about the possibility that it'd be a great place for spotting! Sounds l
79 Superfly : Just come out and say it; cheap penny pinching bastards in France is the reason why aviation took a giant step backwards in 2003.
80 Revelation : And Merry Christmas to you too, 'Fly! BTW did you like my pictures of the Princess phone and the acoustic modem?
81 aloges : It should definitely be on the list. Before he had internet access, a friend of mine used to do what he called "offline surfing" with floppies: he'd
82 Post contains images AR385 : Corporación Mexicana de Aviación
83 Post contains links Dreadnought : Common Sense. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documen...3-busted-illegal-marker-possession
84 Revelation : Muy gracias for reminding us and for finding such great photos.
85 Post contains images Superfly : Nice!
86 Post contains links Revelation : While 'Fly isn't thrilled about the topic, one place I find the traditional use of the bulb is largely dead is the flashlight. LED flashlights are so
87 Superfly : Nothing wrong with those. My gripe is with fluorescent tubes being used for the home.
88 falstaff : I disagree. You can also focus a bulb flashlight, but many times you don't want to. As a mechanic I find LED lights worthless because they are too fo
89 hka098 : Privacy. The techniques used by the TSA and DHS to "Guarantee our safety" in the airports and wide-spread availability of cellphones/mobile broadband
90 Post contains images Superfly : Shhhhh!!!!!! You can't say that! You're going to burst the Green's happy bubble. The Green Police can arrest you for making comments like that! Your
91 Post contains images falstaff : At least I could fly on some cool airliners if I had to go to Iran or North Korea....
92 AR385 : You´re very welcome, such a shame, so sad.
93 Post contains images Molykote : Though I appreciate your desire for a "universal" connection, having an iPod dock in my car is something I wouldn't give up. On vehicles with an inte
94 hka098 : I wish my ride offered iPod integration. I make do with an analog aux. cable.
95 Revelation : Sure, but now you are in a whole different league than a hand-held flashlight. And the modern ones are so clever, not like the old ones with the tin
96 AviRaider : Maps - Hard copy maps will always have a place, just maybe not so much for personal use. I make maps and use them on a daily bases. Paper maps are so
97 PITingres : Wow. It must be a really crappy movie! I haven't worn a watch for 35 years, but I wouldn't call them obsolete, exactly. I can see where some people m
98 Klaus : You should really check out the "Maps" app on the iPad – it is way ahead of anything you're apparently thinking of, and in my experience far easier
99 DocLightning : It's true. I don't see paper disappearing anytime soon because you can do stuff with paper that no computer can do. Paper doesn't need to boot up, it
100 WrenchBender : I can't wait to see a grunt pull out his iPad in the middle of a firefight to call in grid coords for an air or arty strike on some fortified positio
101 DocLightning : To be fair, we were talking about tablets vs. paper. I'm no military man, but I'm assuming that a sheet of paper isn't going to help much for calling
102 Post contains images WrenchBender : So am I, he uses the map to figure out his position (now normally done with GPS) and his enemy postion and uses a RADIO to pass this info along to hi
103 Post contains links falstaff : They are not, at least that I know of. I think A batteries are still made. I bought an Eveready A at a hardware store about five years ago. The As st
104 Post contains images PHLBOS : Again, If you're talking about a store that only deals in VHS, you have a point; but Blockbuster, which obviously realizes that it's got fierce compe
105 falstaff : We have one at work and it gets used daily, maybe even hourly. Those were cool cars. That is the only BMW I ever wanted to own. There is an independe
106 Superfly : I have one of those that I bought from Radio Shack in 2006. I brought it with me here to Bangkok becuase I knew I wouldn't be able to find one here.
107 PHLBOS : I am likely mistaken w/regards to the Town Car; I have a brouchere for the 2009 model so I can double-check myself when I get home from work today...
108 Revelation : I toy with the idea of adding in a satellite radio to my car (it's pre-wired for it, but did not come with the receiver) because there is some conten
109 2707200X : I say the video store as well as rental. The Warehouse folded early last decade and I think Blockbuster Video is mostly gone if not gone thanks to Hol
110 Superfly : I knew there was something special about that phone when I saw it a few years ago. It was only $14. The ringer is a traditional bell. Isn't the Grand
111 Post contains links Revelation : The fact that they have software to access Netflix from PS3/Xbox360/Wii/TiVo really is huge, IMHO. People willing to spend $$$ on game cartridges are
112 falstaff : What is it badged as? Mercury is dead.... I haven't seen a Hollywood video in ages. There is still a Blockbuster near my parents house in St. Louis a
113 Superfly : Still in production until August 31, 2011.
114 zippyjet : The US Post Office: Lost its bang shoot em up episodes, good looking cars, Oldsmobile and Pontiac. Pontiac was a great division of the General except
115 falstaff : I am happy to say that 1430 AM in St. Louis is playing some good oldies.
116 PHLBOS : Do you have a link for such info.? While the Crown Vic./Police Interceptor and Town Car still exist for the 2011 model year (and may very well be in
117 falstaff : I heard on WWJ radio, in Detroit, this morning that today is the day the Mercury is officially dead and production of the last Mercury, that a retail
118 PHLBOS : Interesting, I didn't think the Grand Marquis was even used for government and/or commercial contracts; that's usually the Crown Vic.'s territory.
119 Post contains links Superfly : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Thomas_Assembly
120 Cadet985 : That's especially sad since there is still a market for that music, including people in much younger demographics. I'm 25, and that's my favorite era
121 2707200X : How about telephone land lines, I always hear about people ditching their land lines for cell phone only service. Im still keeping my telephone land l
122 DocLightning : I find it hard to justify that Aviation took a step backwards in 2003. I agree that it was a step backwards, but the fact that no company has really
123 falstaff : Back in when Detroit and a lot of other cites had the massive blackout early last decade a lot of people's cell phones didn't work, but the land line
124 Post contains links PHLBOS : From your link: It currently produces cars on the Panther platform, such as: Ford Crown Victoria since 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis since 1985 Lincoln
125 Superfly : So what are they making until then? ...but still in production for fleet use, therefore the car is still in production.
126 Post contains links PHLBOS : This just in: http://www.egmcartech.com/2011/01/04...ces-last-mercury-a-grand-marquis/# Exerpts: FoMoCo today produced the last Mercury – a Grand M
127 falstaff : you beat me to it... I wonder if that last Grand Marquis was sold as a 2011 or 2010 model. It would be kind of cool to own a 2010 model that was buil
128 Superfly : I knew this day would come. Is the factory still making the Lincoln Town Car? I'm sure a dealership can still sale a Ford Crown Victoria to a private
129 falstaff : I think so. The Town car is on the Lincoln web site as a car that can be bought by anyone at a Lincoln Dealer. The car looks just like my '08, inside
130 Post contains links PHLBOS : IIRC, the last of the B-body Caprices were assembled through December of 1996 were still considered 1996 models even though other models assembled we
131 andz : That's just dumb. In this country a vehicle registered on 31 December 2010 is a 2010 model and a vehicle registered on 3 January 2011 is a 2011 model
132 BMI727 : So then do manufacturers have to sell updated cars only in the new year? In the US, model years are most important for designating equipment, so if a
133 Post contains images hka098 : I think we need to rename this thread...
134 Superfly : Well many of those Mercury Grand Marquis are still on the lot brand new so they'll be around for a few more months before they're all sold. I remembe
135 CXB77L : That's not how it works over here either. If a manufacturer updates one of their products during the year, they simply change the model code. For ins
136 BMI727 : So it just adds a little bit of complication for the consumer and probably insurance companies too then. In America, all 2005 Tauruses are pretty muc
137 andz : Not complicated at all because everyone is used to the system. When a body shape changes or a facelift occurs the year model remains the registration
138 zippyjet : It's few and far between. And what's played are a couple of their mega hits. In my book it's not broadcasting its narrowcasting. Besides I Tunes and
139 Post contains images Superfly : Sad but true. I was always puzzled why awesome bands that have 20+ albums such as Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Styx, Earth Wind & Fire, Santana, Kan
140 Post contains images KevinL1011 : Windows 2000NT. If only the graphics were better.
141 hka098 : NT4/2000 were security nightmares.
142 PHLBOS : I'm surprised that everyone (myself included) didn't mention this one (although it was not in the original article): Airline Timetable Booklets (U.S.
143 zippyjet : Agree with you totally and of course throw in the 50's. I should have stated music of the past 15 to 20 years.
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