Anachronisms

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  1. Zor Prime

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    So I graduated from high school 20 years ago.

    I was just thinking about all the stuff I used to own or that we used to have that are totally useless now or at least very outdated.

    For example:

    rotary phones
    standalone calculators
    record players
    tape players
    VHS players
    CD players
    CRT TVs
    newspapers
    wall clocks
    typewriters
    floppy discs
    library card catalogs

    What else can you guys think of? I’m sure there is stuff from before my time which I’ve never even seen before.

    I thought about throwing cameras in the list but I think phones still haven’t replaced a good quality professional camera or video recorder yet.

    Also thought about paper maps but those are still needed if your phone dies.

    Feel free to add to this. Can be objects or even places.
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  2. shootER

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    Wall clocks are still handy if you don’t have a phone nearby and just want to see what time it is.

    That said, I haven’t worn a wristwatch in at least five years, probably longer.
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  3. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    Movie theaters. :bergman:

    ZIP drives.

    Gasoline with lead in it. Or for that matter, lead-based paint.
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    "You kids with your gee-pee-ess don't know how lucky you have it. Back in my day, we had to use things called maps that we printed off of MapQuest!" :damnkids:
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  5. Marso

    Marso High speed, low drag.

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    We still have wall clocks and I still wear a watch. :damnkids:
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  6. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    I graduated HS in 1975, and art school in 78.
    No art tool I learned to use in art school is useful to me now in a professional manner, except the X-Acto I use to trim printed signs.
    We were JUST starting to get calculators in HS, but math teachers banned them as cheating.
    Our school computer took up a whole room and was strictly dot-matrix text printout.
    I think cable TV had been around, but we didn't have cable until I got married in '79. The cable box was analog, with a button for each channel.
    I had an 8-track player in my '77 Mustang II.
    Oh, and I'd had a CB in my first car in '74.
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  7. Tuttle

    Tuttle Khaaaaaaaaaaann !!!

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    Recent - Hours spent re-installing drivers to get peripherals like printers to work.

    Long ago - And the smell of these.
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    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    And these!
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  10. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Fax machines
    Modems
    Books (unless you've got to have a dead tree version)
  11. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Duh!

    Photographic film! Yes, it still exists, but very few people use it these days...

    I found a website with stuff that's gone obsolete since 2000...

    Cursive handwriting!
    Beepers!

    Also, TV static and crappy daytime TV programming.
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    Tuttle Khaaaaaaaaaaann !!!

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    Magazine ads from before my time, but still very much out of it's time and outdated.

    There's another in the set, an "old ad for Van Heusen shirts," but can't include because it's of a nature likely to promote excessive butthurt. Although it's probably the funniest on an impropriety scale. Search the quote, it'll pop up quickly.
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    Like hell it doesn't exist. :bailey:

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    CBS has one a lot like it that may actually be worse. :yuck:
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  14. oldfella1962

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    agree about wall clocks! Great for constant reminders during a busy morning. I don't have a watch however, having lost mine in the sandbox in 2003. Timex non-battery windup too!
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    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    I have a wall clock in every room and a Howard Miller mechanical Westminster chime floor clock (aka Grandfather clock) in my study. Of course, I'm also a "watch guy." I don't dabble with a great deal of money, comparatively , which means no Rolexes or Omegas, but I like the pieces I have. Of course, most days I simply wear my Apple Watch with a two-tone stainless bracelet that I half-fabricated in my shop.

    As for other anachronisms, ironically enough, my Jeep is the first vehicle I've ever owned that I didn't also put a CB radio in. I'll likely rectify that in a few months.
  16. Zombie

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    Wall clocks are all over the place. I have one at home. Also at work in the jail. I don't think wall clocks will go out of style any time soon.

    I don't have a CD player. Hell the last time I bought a CD was 2014. I know this because it was bought off Amazon and was:

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    Much better than the original release of the movie's music.

    All my CD's were ripped to the iPod which incidentally is dead (battery) and also never been replaced. Don't need one. Have my iPhone.

    Blank CD's! Used to make compilations for the car. Now just use the bluetooth and the phone.

    Palm Pilot....

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    Bought and read my first eBooks on it.

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    I used to have these in my car. One for each county: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.
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  17. Zombie

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    I stopped wearing a wrist watch until I got the Apple watch. Even than a lot of the times I simply forget to put it on.
  18. Zor Prime

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    Taxis!

    Rideshare is slowly killing them off.
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    And when AI self driving cars show up that will be the end of them.
  20. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    And of us! :zod: