IT’S ALL GONE…
• Innovation is continuously taking place with
improvements or additions to gadgets.
• In the last ten years, several common
gadgets used have gone out of circulation.
• Many commonplace utility gadgets (using
electricity as their energy resource) have
been dying off faster than one would have
• Here are some gadgets that disappeared :
• Old computer CPUs had a slot where these
drives could be inserted.
• They were usually used to store text or
• Floppies had viruses that infected the PC.
• Added to that was their small storage
capacity of 1.44 MB. Nowadays, a single
picture can easily take up 1.50 MB.
• They have been replaced by :
CDS, DVDS AND PENDRIVES
• Floppies were replaced by CDs, DVDs
and Pen Drives which offered higher
storage capacity and were easy to carry.
• They enable high data transfer speeds
and are generally virus free.
• Due to the emerging cloud storage,
these devices also face extinction.
• A pager was a wireless telecommunication
device that had a small display and had a
number to which a person can send small
• Popular in 1990s, it was the first portable
• It was used usually to send messages like
“call me”, “reached home”, etc.
• They paved way to :
• They took the place of pager when
they became affordable.
• Mobiles offer fast communication.
• Keypad mobiles are losing their
significance to the new touch
smartphones which are capable of
delivering high speed, graphics,
storage and multitasking.
• They were big bulgy devices, incapable of
portability, and usually had a specific place
in the house.
• They had knobs which were used to tune to
stations. It never provided a fine tune.
• Often used as a clock, people used to time
their schedule according to the commencing
or ending of popular programs.
• They were replaced by :
• Unlike its predecessor, it does have
knobs but just for volume.
• They were small and were capable of fine
and fast frequency modulation.
• With the onset of smartphones, carrying
an FM radio has drifted out of fashion.
• We usually catch site of these big music
players in museums. There was a stick-like
lever that one kept over the disk so that the
tiny needle at the end of that lever made
contact with the invisible grooves on the
• Sometimes the needle got struck leading to
looping of the song.
• They lost their existence to :
• Music Players are of varying sizes
according to the user’s need. They
have replaced the Gramophones.
• They provide the finest quality of
sound and do not have any looping
• These interconnected iron bars sticking out
of the roof were considered to be a symbol
of social superiority.
• Positioning of the antenna was a
sophisticated task itself. There was one guy
on the rooftop and another monitoring the
signal, taking a very long time to attain the
• They were soon replaced by :
DISH (DIGITAL DTH SERVICES)
• They took the place of the very
sophisticated antennas. They need
positioning once and are capable of
providing Full HD picture.
• At a time when a owning a TV was
difficult, owning antennas was
considered socially superior. Now, when
almost each household has a TV, owning
a dish is a necessity.
Gadgets have always enthralled the young
— and young men in particular.
When George Best (legend footballer from
Manchester) first started making serious
money in the Sixties he insisted on having
his house equipped with remote control
devices, only to discover to his horror that
the electronically controlled curtains would
open and shut uncontrollably every time a
plane took off from nearby Manchester