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The dead and dying breeds

Author: JLB

Published On: September 21, 2009

Granted, I’m quite a ways away from having children, but for whatever reason, I started to think about all the gadgets that I grew up with that my children will know nothing of and all the money I’ve spent on these seemingly necessary contraptions.  Technology really has gone on a juiced-up rampage over the past few decades and the extinction (or soon-to-be extinction) of these gadgets is proof:

  • Sony MiniDisc
  • television antennas
  • laser discs (remember those HUGE CDs that libraries played slideshows on?)
  • pagers
  • car phones
  • floppy disks
  • CRT monitors
  • cassette tapes (r.i.p. actual mix-tapes)
  • typewriters
  • dial-up modems
  • VCRs and HD DVDs
  • alarm clocks (seriously, who doesn’t just use their cell phone?)
  • dot matrix printers
  • factual resources / encyclopedias (um, wikipedia anyone?)

I guess it really is just the way technology works these days, but it’s still rather disconcerting to think of how many of these gadgets and gizmos have gone or are going the way of the dinosaur… Or perhaps I’m just pissy that I actually wasted money on a pager.

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