10 Technologies That Should Be Extinct (but Aren't)
Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:14 AM
1. Typewriters: When everyone finally gets on-board with editable, digitally-signable PDFs, and thus no one needs to be able to fill out a form legibly, then Smith-Coronas everywhere can go to the harbor and cross the sea with the elves.
2. Fax machines: Again, when digital signatures that can actually prove to a legal standard that the signer is who they claim to be, then faxing itself will no longer be necessary.
3. Landline phones: Tell it to all those companies who let their employees work from home. They're the ones insisting on landline phones (no VOIP, cell, etc.). They just don't trust the reliability of wireless/Internet alternatives. And it's a good thing: even the best wireless phones drop calls even when there's a cell tower in sight.
4. Turntables: How do you think Amazon got all those old tunes into mp3 format? Turntables, baby. Don't own one, but I'd love to have a digital turntable to turn all my dad's old 33 1/3s into something a bit easier to carry.
5. Cash registers: Until the cost of WalMart-style point-of-sale inventory control devices/systems ("smart" cash registers) come down in cost, small businesses simply won't put out the cash to update.
6. Disc drives: Flash memory? Too pricey. And have you checked the cost of Internet access plans that allow unlimited downloads, so you can stream reruns of crap nobody ever watched when it was first broadcast on TV? Too pricey.
7. CRTs: Better picture quality. My question, though, is "What happened to digital paper?" It was supposed to be the next "best thing" about 5 years ago.
8. CBs: Apparently, you are either unaware that Channel 19 is monitored for emergency purposes, or you want the government listening in to all your cell phone calls.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:00 AM
betting this author hasnt left his hipster pad and city starbucks to even drive through a poor neighborhood in their entire life, yet considers himself to be a "man of the people" because he voted for obama. people like this author are endlessly hilarious.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:14 AM
reminds me of when george h. w. bush remarked at how ingenious scanners were at the grocery store the first time he saw them. how sheltered and out of touch is this author?
i suppose sally should invest 10 grand in a wifi connected POS system with customer loyalty tracking to open up her lemonade stand two weekends per summer.
and if you dont have a credit card in this authors world (which means bank accounts and credit agreements at the bank) you just need to move to a different country.
oh, and want to sell your used lawnmower on craigslist, better have the ability to accept credit cards? lol.
a cashless society would put roughly 60 million people right out of business and in some sort of underground barter black market world.
these ivory tower types are amazing.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:36 AM
I live in Norther Canada, there is cell phone coverage until you are 20 miles outside of the cities, so people still use fax machines, land lines,.
Also ham radio, CB if you are travelling in the North, no cell coverage and on bush roads, where you have to call your location at every mile post, the logging tucks have priority, you better get out of the way.
I remember reading about ham radio, they have invented lots of new technology but never got any credit from it.
If you want a turntable in good condition , just visit your nearest pawn shop, i have seen them quite frequently, i still see record store, quite costly but worth it.
I agree that 8 track players, cassette players, CD and DVD, VHS, Beta, typewriters, camera that use film, mouse with cord.
I bet you that 90% of people use an alarm clock with battery instead of electric, you might get away by telling the boss , my alarm clock didn't work but at one point you will have to get a new job because of a 15.00 alarm clock.
hey, have a nice day and welcome to the wonder world of new technology