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Going.. going..gone……10 technologies that are almost obsolete

May 27, 2011 4 comments

1.Typewriter.. I always have a soft corner for the typewriter because we had 3 at home – 2 Facit typewriters and  a Godrej one.  I learned to type on a typewriter. After the simple typewriter came an electric one, an electronic typewriter and then the computer has now made the typewriter a thing of the past.

2.Pager.. When I came to Singapore in 1994, the pager was everywhere and you could hear beeps and nice tones.  But today you hardly see a pager in use.

3.Cassette tape recorder:  Today we hardly use the cassette tape.   In the early 1990s there was a steep decline in cassette tape use.

4.Walkman: The Sony walkman was introduced in 1979 and was very popular in those times.  1986 marked the farewell of the walkman and Sony introduced the discman

5.Floppy disc/floppy drive: Today most computers come only with dvd players and recorders and the familiar  3.5” floppy drive is hardly in use

6.Video cassette player/video cassette: The VHS format has lost use with the advent of DVD/VCD players

7.Film camera: Today it is difficult to find film cameras and photo studios that clear pictures taken using film.  Cameras have all gone digital.

8.Laser disc player: The laser disc which was popular in the 1990s became officialy obsolete in 2009 with Pioneer announcing the cessation of production.

9.CRT monitor: Flat screen monitors have replaced the CRTs and almost everywhere you see only LCD/LED/Plasma monitors.

10. Zip drive: This drive had a very short life cycle and with the advent of compact discs the usage significantly dropped.

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