Somewhere in an alternate universe, the Earth 2 version of me is typing this article on a brand new Commodore Amiga sipping from a can of Crystal Pepsi when his Palm Pre 4 buzzes with a new CU-SeeMe video call. Unfortunately, in this universe, the best products don't always win.
If you remember what a modem sounds like, chances are you're old. And that's not the only tech sound that's being quickly forgotten. Our friends at LaptopMag have complied a list of noises that may soon disappear from the collective nerd consciousness.
If sales of Apple's iPod are any indication, the heyday of the MP3 player is over and done with.
When's the last time you gawked a room built from wood and obsolete computer parts that was set inside a Polish castle? Yesterday? BS. This is the first time you've seen such a thing so feast those peepers on this.
Designers Joshua Noble, Martin Fuchs and Philip Whitfield breathed new, modern-day life into this archaic receipt printer by combing it with a PlayStation controller, light sensors and some Spy Hunter-esque gameplay mechanics.
According to an ex-googler, the search giant may no longer be the quick-moving, innovative company we have grown to know and love.
These days your fingers are likely walking on iPad touchscreens, not dead tree pages. After a decade of obsolescence, the local phone directory is finally getting the chop as states wise up to reality.
No piece of electronics lasts forever, craftsmanship aside. But it might be the case that some devices we buy are meant for an early grave—so we can upgrade. And who pays the price? Maybe, the entire planet does.
"Falling away by tens per cent a year," the print dictionary market "is just disappearing." That's what Oxford University Press' CEO Nigel Portwood says. And that's exactly why the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may be online only.
PRINTER INK. Possibly more expensive than oil and blood. Definitely expensive enough that most people I know haven't bothered owning a printer in years. These printer cartridge dioramas, however, give the increasingly obsolete printer cartridge a new lease on life.
Just a few years ago there were no virtual social networks, no synchronized address books, and no smartphones. But people had social networks and phones, and they had to memorize and organize thousands of contacts. Or have a Rolodex.
Anna Jane Grossman is the author of Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. She has compiled a special short list for Gizmodo: Four old gadgets we love and we'll really miss, and four we're glad are gone:
Anyone who has ever piloted a Segway or watched a Betamax knows that the tech world isn't always a meritocracy. Good products can be trampled by inferior ones, and unpredictable consumers can make frustrating choices (Blu-ray, anyone?). More likely, though, is that the product was just a stupid idea in the first…
In 2005, a control room for the A and C subway lines in NYC caught fire. "No larger than a kitchen," the room held 600 relays, switches and circuits that keep track of trains and keep everything running. Officials originally thought it would take three to five years to get the lines back to normal capacity.…