As time progresses so does technology. Things that we would use on a day to day basis are now things that we use once a year. What has already become obsolete? When do we choose to stop using something? Below is a list of 4 devices that I either still use or don’t even bother touching anymore. Do you still use any of these out dated pieces of technology?
Land Line Phones
When the power lines are down but the phone lines haven’t been touched your in luck! that is if you have a house phone with a cord on it still. Many people are opting out of land line phone services due to the convenience of cell phones. If people are going to pay $50+ for a cell phone each month then why continue to pay for the house phone? The trend to cut out land lines is increasing at an increasing rate. The costs just do not match up. Also there is digital phone that people get that has amenities a regular old land line phone can not offer. I still use a house phone. The house phone is good for two reasons that I can think of right off the bat. 1. Cheaper than a cell phone & 2. Great for telemarketers. I do not see this piece of dated technology to go obsolete until maybe 20 years from now….
“The Fax Machine” Can be noted for its appearance in the movie Superstar in dance form or as most people know it as the large absurd thing that sits on the desk at home. Fax Machines are large, bulky, and sometimes complicated. But in my household it is put to use once or twice a year when the scanner is not working or when a business requires you to fax an important document over the telephone line. To run a fax machine a land line phone number is needed. If you do not have a landline connected to your house then you cannot use this piece of old technology. Within the decade I feel that fax machines will not be known at all. They are basically obsolete now. Scanners, e-mail, and smart phones have taken the place of the fax
“Say Cheese!” Can you even think about not being able to view a picture before you order prints of it? Or taking a picture and not sure if it came out decent? Well a little less than 10 years ago this was the idea of the future. Disposable Cameras! How cool was it to take one of these cameras with you, take pictures, and then maybe develop them a few years later! Even better how about the dial that said 23 pictures and you would only feel like you have taken 10. With the advance of technology disposable cameras have become very obsolete. Digital cameras, phone cameras, and now cameras on your ipod have made it useless to own a digital camera. Printing is easy to. All you do is take your memory card or usb drive to the local store and print the pictures you want. Easy! I have not used a disposable camera since I was probably 12 and I do not see myself using one in the future.
The Disc Drive… Dun Dun Dun! A Disc Drive is defined as a device that read data stored on a magnetic or optical disc and writes data onto a disc. Its the thing you used to burn cds on and now you burn dvds occasionally if you don’t have your usb drive on hand. What is making the disc drive more and more obsolete? The answer is the USB storage devices. Why have 50 dvds when you can store them on one little stick? Also you can watch movies online through services like netflix. I still use my disc drive on my computer every so often. I do use my usb way more. I do not foresee any time soon though that the disc drive itself will become obsolete. It is used for programs and such. But the disc drive is an older piece of technology thats use is dwindling.