#TechTuesday: Tech products which became obsolete in the 21st century

As tech rises and falls, older generations of products fade away into oblivion.

Tech is all about rapid growth and functionality.

As quickly as something develops, it can become outdated.

That’s the reason updates and patches are so important for continued relevance.

Sadly, not all tech products, apps and programs survive this winnowing.

Just look at Adobe Flash, iPod nano and Microsoft Paint.

While mass outcry has saved Paint from its fate, the others are expected dead and buried in the next few years.

Here are some more tech products which outlived their usefulness in the 21st century:

 

Floppy disks and CDs

It says much about floppy disks, that they remain the iconic symbol for saving something.

Pity they couldn’t save themselves.

Traditional disks quickly lost ground to DVDs, flash drives and portable hard drives.

This was in terms of performance, storage capacity and ease of use.

 

Paper maps

Compared to the old days, modern navigation is a breeze.

Instead of working out distances by measurement, we let technology do the work.

How many of you still use traditional maps?

We’d bet it’s little to none – phones and devices can work out fastest routes, traffic congestion and the works.

It’s safe to say old-school maps are considered relics by younger generations.

 

Video cassette recorders and video shops

For many of older generations, weekend nights meant a trip to the video shop.

As technology progressed however, video cassettes had more and more weaknesses exposed.

It was almost incomparable to DVDs and Blu-rays.

Cassettes had to be rewound, had limited space and were easily damaged.

It was almost inevitable one of the old favourites of video would slowly fade away.

 

Photographic film

Another mainstay of the pre-21st century – now entirely obsolete.

Some enthusiasts or puritans may still hold to using film reels to record their photographs.

Practically however, this method has become a shadow of the past.

Old-school photo film was temperamental, sensitive and tricky to develop.

The advent of digital photography meant the death of traditional film photography.

Modern cameras boast more space, better features and higher quality and resolution.

A far cry from the original Kodak Brownie, we’d bet.

 

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Bruce Douglas
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