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21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

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21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade


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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


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Dial-up                Static... dial tone... repeat a few times... ah, internet! Definitely won't miss that process!


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Getting film developed Does anyone actually do this anymore?


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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


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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


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The internet became the place to go to find a job or sell your old couch. Newspaper classifieds


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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


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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


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Obviously. Even homeless people have cell phones now. Public pay phones


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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


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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


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Our old mainstays of data have been fading fast over the last few years, replaced by -- what else?-- the internet! Phone books, dictionaries, encyclopedias


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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“


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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


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This decade, we said hello to sleek external hard drives and tiny thumb drives. Backing up your data on floppies or CDs


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Getting bills in the mail Envelopes! How quaint! The ease and speed of online bill-pay and banking will probably make mailings obsolete soon.


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Buttons Bye, bye buttons -- the iPhone seems to have sent us hurtling towards a touch-screen world straight out of Minority Report.


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Social networks have practically erased the possibility of ever losing touch with anyone. Losing touch


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Boundaries also went out the window with the huge popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Boundaries


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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


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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.


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