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Old 07-22-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: The Old Dominion
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12 Obsolete Technologies Americans Still Use

The one that irritates me most is fax machines. Usually it's some old (or young) lady on the phone demanding that I fax something. I haven't owned a fax in nearly 20 years FFS! Ditsy secretary types (also a vanishing breed, god willing) like them because they can punch in a phone number and feed in a sheet of paper. Less challenging than that newfangled email thing!



Landline telephones aren't far behind. Yes I know some people love them but really... 1890s tech??



I'm kinda on the fence about vinyl records
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:52 PM
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I'd rather FAX personal information than email it. If you've ever seen the output of a packet sniffer, you know that email is not secure at all.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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Even though, and in spite of, I am ArcGIS certified, I still use an abney level for field work.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Wristwatches
Newspapers
[Just trying to think what's in my 90 year old parents' home]
Coffee percolators
Non, nonstick cooking ware
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Guess what, I still use the WHEEL!!! Yeah, I know that it is obsolete technology, what with magnetic levitation and sound wave levitation, but I'm not an early adopter.

Puff piece article. I can't reliably get FTP over the satellite, so that means if I want to update my website I have to use a landline phone and dialup modem. Therein lies one of the problems with modern technology - it often isn't as reliable as the old stuff. Deal with it.

Microsoft works to make older software not work on newer operating systems. It is a business model. Keeping an old computer around allows me to do some things I can't on newer ones. Deal with it.

Dot matrix printers. For certain applications, they are the fastest and most reliable for the job. Ever try to find a fast laser or ink jet that takes tractor feed paper or has no problems with banners? If you are using reams of paper, tractor feed allows you to avoid the inevitable jams that crash the line. Deal with it.

Vinyl records and cassette tapes will FAR outlast a DVD or Blueray disk. If you still want to see the pics of grandmas wedding, don't toss that VCR tape after converting it to DVD. Deal with it.

Uppity early adopters. More money than brains.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Some of this technology will be outdated soon but its not yet. Some examples are the newspaper, fax machine, landline telephones, and dot matrix printers.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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I rescind an earlier post I made in a different thread.

This is the dumbest comment ever on City Data.

You could post that in almost ANY thread on CD.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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Therein lies one of the problems with modern technology - it often isn't as reliable as the old stuff. Deal with it.
Many students, doing field work, happily display their current accelerometer enabled apps on their cell phones... and they are cool, but...

Field work being what it is(12 of the last 48 hours raining... miles away from any electric source other than the vehicle whose alternator gave out putting you in this position), you rely on your trusty pocket transit and gather the needed data.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Wristwatches
They're likely not going away anytime soon:
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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They're likely not going away anytime soon:
I think the Google glasses will overtake them.
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