Remember When: 40 Obsolete Tech Activities
PC World – By the time you read this story, the Internet may be obsolete.
Okay, maybe not. But you never know. With technology evolving at breakneck speed, no one can say for sure what’s around the next corner — to say nothing of the one after that. The circle of life, however, remains constant: When a new high-tech creation is born, something else may die as a result. Sometimes, the loss is a good thing — who wants busy signals or staticky TV? — but at other times, the departure stirs bittersweet feelings (remember saying farewell to your trusty old C:\ prompt?).
We’ve compiled a list of 40 once-commonplace activities that are rapidly approaching extinction. Some are in danger of disappearing, while others have already vanished. So join us for a spirited send-off.
1. Playing Video Games at an Arcade
Status: On life support
Once a favorite activity of geeks worldwide, going to the arcade to play video games began fading away in the mid-1990s, just as going to the arcade to play pinball had done a decade before. A few arcades survive, but the days of gamers lining up to toss quarters into Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat are long gone. It’s easy to see why: The advent of advanced gaming systems allows you to experience the same action at home, minus the dungeon-like lighting, the deafening game noise, and the premature exhaustion of your lunch money for the week.
2. Running Out of Hard-Drive Space
With terabyte-size drives now selling for less than $70, hard drives that exceed your storage needs aren’t exactly hard to come by these days. But remember when an 80MB drive was the pinnacle of luxury and a 1GB drive would have seemed as spacious as Carlsbad Caverns?
3. Getting a Busy Signal
Status: Nearly deceased
Thanks to advances in voicemail and call-waiting technology, you rarely hear that annoying broken tone any more. Unless, of course, you’re voting for American Idol or listening to Pink Floyd.