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2009-04-14 10:02 PM
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2009-04-14 10:09 PM
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Hawkeye - 2009-04-14 2:50 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,515647,00.html

To summarize the article for discussion, here are the 10 technologies that are facing extinction:

1.   Landline telephones
2.   Floppy disks
3.   Wristwatches
4.   VHS and VCR's
5.   Beepers
6.   Film Cameras
7.   Typewriters
8.   The Walkman, Discman, Mini Disc players
9.   Dial-up Internet
10. DVD's

I read this article with a lot of interest.  I decided to use it as a litmus test of just how old and out-of-touch I really am.  Gladly, I only use three of the above...and one is open to interpretation:

Wristwatch (multiple ones...all the time...lost without it.)
DVD's (the article cites declining sales as a sign of declining tech when it could be more of a declining economy.)
Landline Telephone: does my wireless home phone with Vonage count?  Technically, it VoIP and not a true "land line.")

Still, 3 out of 10 and only one (wristwatch) that I'm REALLY married to.  That isn't too bad, is it?

How about you?  Which ones do you still use?

Fox news - when is that going to extinct?

Still use landline since I'm out in the "country" and need DSL, VHS and VCR so SOMEDAY I can convert my wedding onto digital, film camera since the Canon EOS Rebel still produces some very nice photos that I can't get with a digital unless I want to fork over another 800 bucks at least, and DVDs.

I'm a fossil.

2009-04-15 6:19 AM
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Re: landlines-

We had a windstorm last fall that knocked out power for 3 - 8 days across the city. What happens when you can't charge up your electronics? Our landline was our link out-- I would call my parents in another state so they could look up our school closings online. The phone chain for work fell apart because of all the cell phones with dead batteries. Granted, it wasn't a life or death situation, but I plan to keep the landline for emergency use-- the phone just stays in the basement with the candles, flashlights, etc in the Y2K pantry.
2009-04-15 6:34 AM
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1stTimeTri - 2009-04-14 10:09 PM

Hawkeye - 2009-04-14 2:50 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,515647,00.html

To summarize the article for discussion, here are the 10 technologies that are facing extinction:

1.   Landline telephones
2.   Floppy disks
3.   Wristwatches
4.   VHS and VCR's
5.   Beepers
6.   Film Cameras
7.   Typewriters
8.   The Walkman, Discman, Mini Disc players
9.   Dial-up Internet
10. DVD's

I read this article with a lot of interest.  I decided to use it as a litmus test of just how old and out-of-touch I really am.  Gladly, I only use three of the above...and one is open to interpretation:

Wristwatch (multiple ones...all the time...lost without it.)
DVD's (the article cites declining sales as a sign of declining tech when it could be more of a declining economy.)
Landline Telephone: does my wireless home phone with Vonage count?  Technically, it VoIP and not a true "land line.")

Still, 3 out of 10 and only one (wristwatch) that I'm REALLY married to.  That isn't too bad, is it?

How about you?  Which ones do you still use?

Fox news - when is that going to extinct?

Still use landline since I'm out in the "country" and need DSL, VHS and VCR so SOMEDAY I can convert my wedding onto digital, film camera since the Canon EOS Rebel still produces some very nice photos that I can't get with a digital unless I want to fork over another 800 bucks at least, and DVDs.

I'm a fossil.

I still use my Canon AE-1 From time to time.  Talk about fossils.

2009-04-15 7:30 AM
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1.   Landline telephones- Haven't had one for 3 years
2.   Floppy disks- Does my computer even have a drive for these?
3.   Wristwatches- I wear my Polar most days; do have a couple cute ones too
4.   VHS and VCR's- Mine just ate a tape from the public library.  FML
5.   Beepers- Who still has one of those?
6.   Film Cameras- Ditto
7.   Typewriters- x3
8.   The Walkman, Discman, Mini Disc players- I have one that I use at school; replaces the "boom box"
9.   Dial-up Internet- Yipes.  How does that work?
10. DVD's- Still use them.  Not sure what is out there to replace DVD.
2009-04-15 7:31 AM
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Speaking of movie theaters,  are there any more Drive Ins for movies?



2009-04-15 8:03 AM
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We have a Drive In in Las Vegas. 

What I did in the service required a beeper....my lord I hated that thing!!!  Almost as much as I hate Cell phones!!!

2009-04-15 2:37 PM
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BellinghamSpence - 2009-04-15 8:31 AM

Speaking of movie theaters,  are there any more Drive Ins for movies?



we still have two in my area!
2009-04-15 2:45 PM
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DTraub - 2009-04-15 6:19 AM Re: landlines- We had a windstorm last fall that knocked out power for 3 - 8 days across the city. What happens when you can't charge up your electronics?


Car charger.
2009-04-15 5:03 PM
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nscrbug - 2009-04-14 8:46 PM
Fitzy - 2009-04-14 8:26 PM I still have a rotary dial phone hooked up (it's hooked up in the garage for when we're out front playing with the kids). Takes a few minutes to 10 digit dial.  Who needs cordless when that cord is like 20ft long?
Ha ha...my inlaws still have a rotary dial wallphone in their KITCHEN!

My co-worker would install regular telephones right next to the cordless phones.  Too many times hearing it ring and not being able to answer it because the handset wasn't where it was *supposed* to be. 

2009-04-15 6:50 PM
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For me, DVDs and the landline (for work).

I stopped wearing a watch when I started carrying a cell phone.



2009-04-17 5:19 PM
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Very weird list and I can't say that I agree with it that much.

 

Wristwatch - I'm required to wear one everyday in the Emergency Department.  How else am I going to confirm Heart Rate and Respirations?  Plus, I know that it's required of EMS personel as well.

DVDs - Really?  I don't buy pay-per-view, don't have a cable box, but love to watch movies on my big TV.  How else would I do it without DVDs?

Beepers - While it seems that few people actually use these I'd say more than 60% of Doctors, PAs, NPs in hospitals use them.  I'd rather have someone page me with a question about a patient so that I can call them back in an appropriate environment rather than have them call my cellphone when I'm in an area that I shouldn't be talking on it ie a restaurant. Plus the pager I use has messaging capability so that I know what they want right away and can begin to formulate an answer before I call.  Pagers like this only cost a few dollars a month. Hospitals are way to cheap to pay my cell phone/text message bills.

Typewriters - How do you fill out pre-printed forms that say "type only"?  Most of my grad school applications were that way.

Film Cameras - While I no longer have one because I moved and no longer had the space for my darkroom, there is something to be said about taking pictures with a film camera and developing them yourself.  I really enjoyed it, but I realize that not everyone does that.

 

The rest I haven't used in years.



Edited by rsqdvr 2009-04-17 5:22 PM
2009-04-17 8:11 PM
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rsqdvr - 2009-04-17 6:19 PM

Typewriters - How do you fill out pre-printed forms that say "type only"?  Most of my grad school applications were that way.



My kids are finishing HS and college this year.  They have both done a ton of applications for colleges and grad programs.  And all without a typewriter.  Most of the forms are done on-line these days.

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