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21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade
Remember that trusty stylus? The once-awesome Palm Pilot had no chance with the advent of the Blackberry, and then, of course the touch-screen smart-phone. PDAs
Dial-up Static... dial tone... repeat a few times... ah, internet! Definitely won't miss that process!
Getting film developed Does anyone actually do this anymore?
The massive popularity of Netflix and Video-On-Demand has made it virtually unnecessary to go to an actual store to rent movies. Movie Rental Stores
No more getting lost on those epic road trips... just punch in your destination into your GPS or smart-phone and you're good to go. Maps
The internet became the place to go to find a job or sell your old couch. Newspaper classifieds
With wireless penetration it's no surprise that many people are using their mobiles or internet voice services as their primary way to connect. The Landline
In the same vein of cell phones, it no longer costs extra to make those cross-country calls. And Skype and various other free internet chat services make international calls totally free (at least for now). Long-Distance Charges
Obviously. Even homeless people have cell phones now. Public pay phones
DVD players first outsold VCR's in 2002; by 2004, they were outselling them at 40 to 1. Combine that total shift to digital movie-watching with the development of DVR, and you had the inevitable death of the poor VCR. VCR’s
With the advent of the e-fax, and considering how annoying regular faxing can be, we think it won't be long before everyone's taking a bat to their fax machines. Fax machines
Our old mainstays of data have been fading fast over the last few years, replaced by -- what else?-- the internet! Phone books, dictionaries, encyclopedias
Want to find out the locations of the closest 50 Starbucks in a 4-block radius? Forget wasting time talking to an all-knowing automated voice, and thank your lucky stars for Google maps. Calling "411“
Poor CD's. But could anything really have withstood the amazing convenience of digital music and the worldwide adoption of the iPod? As album sales dropped by another 13% this year, it's only a matter of time until the CD becomes just a relic of bygone times. CDs
This decade, we said hello to sleek external hard drives and tiny thumb drives. Backing up your data on floppies or CDs
Getting bills in the mail Envelopes! How quaint! The ease and speed of online bill-pay and banking will probably make mailings obsolete soon.
Buttons Bye, bye buttons -- the iPhone seems to have sent us hurtling towards a touch-screen world straight out of Minority Report.
Social networks have practically erased the possibility of ever losing touch with anyone. Losing touch
Boundaries also went out the window with the huge popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Boundaries
Probably the biggest casualty of the decade. With most communication now conducted online, magazines and newspapers crumbling, and e-readers increasing in popularity, paper is now on serious life support. Paper
Movie Rental Stores Bonus: Record Stores Records have long been obsolete, except as nostalgia. But the record store, as in a store that sells music, has now been replaced by the internet and iTunes.