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Old 10-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #21
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I haven't used an umbrella in decades. Darned fussy things, that are always breaking, have to be held out of other people's way, and that turn inside out with a gust of wind. I carry a rain jacket with a drawstring hood in the car.

I think leather briefcases and clipboards may be obsolete. They have been replaced with nylon carriers for electronic devices. OTOH, to me, the prevalence of backpacks makes everybody look like giant kids.

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Damned if I know... I have two London Fog raincoats that I haven't worn in ten years... Keeping them to put in the local museum.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #22
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Careful about ditching paper maps and relying on your phone. I was on a trip last year organized by others, and we hit a closed road or got lost or something in the NC mountains with no phone signal, so no maps. I haven't pulled out my maps in awhile, but I still keep them in my car just in case.
Every so often you read about a truck being to tall for an underpass it tries to go thru in the UK. Then there was the couple that followed their GPS into darkest northern nevada way off road, and got stuck (Rowland NV in particular). Of course I spend time at a geologic field camp so I did learn to read paper maps well. I plan the route before hand, and if you shunpike you can find places to pull off and read maps. (The country is more interesting by shunpiking)
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #23
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Paper checks are close. Occasionally I have to give a check to an individual where there is no other option but it is down to 1 maybe 2 checks a month.

Agree about traditional books. I do still have some that don't come in electronic format that are favorites but when we moved into our current house we made a huge push to replace any book we could with Kindle books.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #24
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With this gang I am surprised that slide rule abacus wasn't mentioned.

Fixed that for ya !
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Agree with most of midpack's list...my kids still use calculators which are required for certain classes (graphing calculator).
I've heard that some private schools are using iPad apps for that now, and an iPad is a 9th-grade purchase to be used over the next four years.

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With this gang I am surprised that slide rule wasn't mentioned.
I wish I could get something for them on eBay. I should probably mail them to my brother for him to apply his Etsy.com expertise.

By the way, I'm still using my midshipman TI-55 III calculator 30+ years later. I had to repaint a few of the keys with whiteout... although I've been using it long enough that I hardly need to look at the keys anymore.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:15 PM   #26
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Soon, everything will be obsolete, when all we need is an RJ-45 to connect our brain to the Matrix.

Ooops! That is already outdated. Make it an implanted Blue Tooth Version 9.3 that runs off our blood glucose. No need for travel, iPhone, iPad, iAnything. We will stay connected and share our thoughts and experiences all the time with one another. Just close your eyes and you will be there. Anyone can experience exotic places, good food, and interesting activities.

As early as 1983, there was this movie Brainstorm that was based on the above premise. Someone brought this movie up in a recent thread.

Brainstorm (1983) - IMDb
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Those big old heavy, heavy huge televisions...before flat screens? We purchased them for our kids years ago for Christmas. They were still in the house because, well, because they were so heavy.

At yard sale this weekend, we sold one for $2.00 and gave the other one away. We were SO HAPPY to be rid of them---and i think they cost us about $350 each.
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I still use paper maps (I like the challenge, it exercises my brain).

I use a calculator when doing finances for one-off calculations because it is faster than pulling it up on the desktop PC. I don't have a phone with apps.

But I still agree with the list.

We recently sold a popcorn maker at a garage sale. It -- and a microwave bacon tray -- were the first things to go.

My addition to the list? Crank windows on cars. So much stuff that used to be extra has basically become standard, with some rare exceptions. Much of this change in the last 10 years.

That would be:
  • Sound systems (obsoletes radio only cars)
  • Electric windows (obsoletes crank windows)
  • A/C (obsoletes heater only cars)
  • Power steering (obsoletes manual steering)
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #29
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One thing I hope NEVER becomes obsolete is the automobile manual transmission. Two of my vehicles have this feature.
I despise driving a car with an automatic transmission, especially in snow and ice.
A manual tranny could become an unintentional auto theft deterrent.
How many young people know how to use a stick shift these days?
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I caught a glimpse of a video the other day where a guy tried to steal a truck but didn't get far because he didn't know how to drive a stick. Funny.
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One thing I hope NEVER becomes obsolete is the automobile manual transmission. Two of my vehicles have this feature.
I despise driving a car with an automatic transmission, especially in snow and ice.
A manual tranny could become an unintentional auto theft deterrent.
How many young people know how to use a stick shift these days?
I taught my kids to drive in the same vehicle I learned in, a 1938 Ford Two-Ton. Of course it had a manual tranny. They did Ok, both can drive a "crash box", can you?
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I taught my kids to drive in the same vehicle I learned in, a 1938 Ford Two-Ton. Of course it had a manual tranny. They did Ok, both can drive a "crash box", can you?
By the time our daughter and I mutually agreed to end her manual-transmission training, our '97 Altima darn near was a crash box.

For some inexplicable reason she didn't care about learning how to double-clutch or do donuts, either, even after I assured her that she'd be a guy magnet.
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My old vinyl record albums and CDs, now that I have everything on my computer.
Speaking of computers, how long do you think desktops will be around?
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Any recording device that uses tape including movie camera, cassette recorder, answering machine.
Good one here. My last VCR died a few years ago and the main reason I made no effort to replace it was I could catch nearly all of the shows I would have taped on line. And when my last answering machine died a few years ago (it used a microcassette tape) I replaced with a tapeless version which works a whole lot better.

Floppy diskettes are pretty much passe, especially with new PCs not even having a floppy drive. Thumb drives are so much better. Even data CDs are going that route, too (as another poster mentioned).
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By the time our daughter and I mutually agreed to end her manual-transmission training, our '97 Altima darn near was a crash box.

For some inexplicable reason she didn't care about learning how to double-clutch or do donuts, either, even after I assured her that she'd be a guy magnet.
Some guys just don't know what an attractive young lady is. It's also possible that they don't know how to drive.

DD holds a record AFAIK. Came over the hill kinda quick, saw the mounties too late, braked, got pulled over. Cop says "good brakes on your car". She says "huh?". He says "zapped you 3 times, 160, 140 and 110" (all in KPH). He says "license and registration please", she hands it over. He says "you're an RCMP sargeant?" She says "huh?". He says "slow down". At the time she was a civilian employee of the RCMP. Says she may have had too many pieces of paper with the license and registration, DW says "did he get a date?".

DD's name is Mary. Her friends call her Andretti.
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Retail stores...except stores that sell clothes and shoes (I want to try them on to check the fit) and stores that sell perishable food.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #37
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:43 AM   #38
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I only wish FAX machines were totally obsolete. I got rid of mine when I found that the printer in which resided didn't play nice with my new computer. Since then I've had a number of interfaces with companies that do not do email attachments and insist on sending / receiving faxes. And no, my Windows 7 doesn't have FAX capability like the XP platform did.
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Paper checks are close.
Good one, very rare for us too. I have to stop and think when I write one these days it's so infrequent.
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Crank windows on cars.
Another goodie. They're rare. DW rented an economy car a few months back and spent a few seconds looking for the window up/down button before noticing the crank handle.
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My old vinyl record albums.
Sold all mine at a garage sale years ago, though I know some audiophiles still covet them with their turntables (also obsolete for me, just threw ours in the trash years ago).
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Typewriters. Hard to believe but some people still use them.

Some of the items listed we still use whether we want to or not, like sending/receiving faxes last week. But I had to RTFM to get the printer fax to work since I'd never used it. It's been about ten years since I'd sent/received a fax.

I keep a hand calculator in a bedroom drawer just because sometimes that's easier than going to the PC.

I'll have a desktop (well, tower anyway) computer with a large display for photo editing for the foreseeable future. Easier to fix/upgrade and we just don't have a need for a laptop. All the stuff I use with it collectively with is not portable - photo scanner, two printers, and a Wacom tablet. We have a large L-shape corner desk for all the stuff, and we do use it.
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