The arrival of the Internet has brought an onslaught of technology news an information, knowledge and entertainment unsurpassed in history. However, those from the baby boomer generation seem to miss some of the gadgets of yester years, reflecting an air of nostalgia when we didn't have streaming videos and high def TVs.
An online report by the Herald Sun lists a number of gadgets and computer technology have become obsolete as a result of the fast, interconnected, and highly functional gadgets that we own.
- The VHS is first on the list of tech devices that really didn't have a chance to complete its usefulness. This was a device that enabled users to copy TV shows and by using a small 1" cellophane tape, you could rewrite on the video tape and watch as many movies as you wanted. But it stood no chance against the technology today, including the DVD players or the computers used today. With news technology gadgets like the tevo, you can record and playback all your videos at anytime.
- The CD is another useful tool that became obsolete quickly after the DVD and the laptop came along. The CD did not store as much info as the DVD, but it was quick, cheap and convenient to store data, music and short videos. It won't exactly as convenient as the USB flash drive or pen drive, but it got the job done. With emergy technology in smartphones and audio music streaming in MP3 and MP4 formats supported by Apple and iTunes, we have strayed away from anything that closely resembles a disc drive.
- How about the printer? Who uses it anymore? It has become so blaze' for most since the Smartphone can do anything the printer can. You can use the camera or an additional app to capture or scan papers and send it on its way to any location in the world using a number of applications like Drop box, Google+ or even Gmail.
- And when it comes to oddities like the tape measure, the app store will provide you with one for a mere $2. You will also find other tools like the Flashlight and an iMirror for finding your way in the dark and looking your best respectively.
- How about a letter? When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not a familiar practice for most of us. Most of us don't even send emails unless they are for business matters. Perhaps an eCard on a birthday and phone calls are always a good option, despite risking the amount of radiation that leaks into our year.
- Photos and videos have also gone obsolete and you will find that there is always an avid photographer in the family. Although the iPhone 3gs takes a decent picture in a tight space, the Samsung Galaxy Note offers more resolution at 8 megapixels. Your vacation shots might look like the real thing - from National Geographic.
- The conclusion that almost no one pens their thoughts on paper, since journaling has also gone digital with assistive technology. It's faster to type and put down your thoughts on paper. The amazing part about online journals is the disk space that you save from saving it on a hard disk.
- There is also no place to insert a case for using cheque books, since online banking give you just about everything you need right on your screen.
- Of course batteries are no longer used on anything except for remote controls. Batteries are now catered specifically for specific phones and gadgets. So they are really of no use. This is probably why battery prices have skyrocketed.
Despite the losses, new computer technology offers so many possibilities and opportunities that make future technology particularly with assistive technology devices in combination with the Internet an amazing phenomenon characterized by growth and skills in many tech watchers.
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