21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

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From the iPhone to the Garmin, advancements and gadgets introduced this decade changed the whole world. They've affected how we live, do business, acquire information, and connect with others. We've gotten used to touch-screens, blazingly fast Internet, and the ability to have the world at our fingertips in seconds. In the process, a few things that once were considered social mainstays are now either obsolete or well on their way. Remember busting out a map to figure out directions? Or using a cell phone that had actual buttons? Yeah, those days are a bit hazy for us, too. So let's refresh our memories, get nostalgic, and honor some techologies, gadgets, and habits that got totally pawned by the 2000's.



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21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

  1. Remember that trusty stylus? The once-awesome Palm Pilot had no chance with the advent of the Blackberry, and then, of course the touch-screen smart-phone. PDAs
  2. Dial-up Static... dial tone... repeat a few times... ah, internet! Definitely won't miss that process!
  3. Getting film developed Does anyone actually do this anymore?
  4. The massive popularity of Netflix and Video-On- Demand has made it virtually unnecessary to go to an actual store to rent movies. Movie Rental Stores
  5. No more getting lost on those epic road trips... just punch in your destination into your GPS or smart-phone and you're good to go. Maps
  6. The internet became the place to go to find a job or sell your old couch.
  7. With wireless penetration it's no surprise that many people are using their mobiles or internet voice services as their primary way to connect. The Landline
  8. In the same vein of cell phones, it no longer costs extra to make those cross- country calls. And Skype and various other free internet chat services make international calls totally free (at least for now). Long-Distance Charges
  9. Obviously. Even homeless people have cell phones now. Public pay phones
  10. DVD players first outsold VCR's in 2002; by 2004, they were outselling them at 40 to 1. Combine that total shift to digital movie-watching with the development of DVR, and you had the inevitable death of the poor VCR. VCR’s
  11. With the advent of the e-fax, and considering how annoying regular faxing can be, we think it won't be long before everyone's taking a bat to their fax machines. Fax machines
  12. Our old mainstays of data have been fading fast over the last few years, replaced by -- what else?-- the internet! Phone books, dictionaries, encyclopedias
  13. Want to find out the locations of the closest 50 Starbucks in a 4-block radius? Forget wasting time talking to an all-knowing automated voice, and thank your lucky stars for Google maps. Calling "411“
  14. Poor CD's. But could anything really have withstood the amazing convenience of digital music and the worldwide adoption of the iPod? As album sales dropped by another 13% this year, it's only a matter of time until the CD becomes just a relic of bygone times. CDs
  15. This decade, we said hello to sleek external hard drives and tiny thumb drives. Backing up your data on floppies or CDs
  16. Getting bills in the mail Envelopes! How quaint! The ease and speed of online bill-pay and banking will probably make mailings obsolete soon.
  17. Buttons Bye, bye buttons -- the iPhone seems to have sent us hurtling towards a touch-screen world straight out of Minority Report.
  18. Social networks have practically erased the possibility of ever losing touch with anyone. Losing touch
  19. Boundaries also went out the window with the huge popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Boundaries
  20. Probably the biggest casualty of the decade. With most communication now conducted online, magazines and newspapers crumbling, and e-readers increasing in popularity, paper is now on serious life support. Paper
  21. Movie Rental StoresBonus: Record Stores Records have long been obsolete, except as nostalgia. But the record store, as in a store that sells music, has now been replaced by the internet and iTunes.

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