Things You Will Stop Using In 2010, Latest By The End of 2011


As we are becoming more digital, many of the things we used to be so excited about are fading into history. The top three companies immediately comes to my mind that we should thank for this are Apple, Google, and Facebook. Particularly, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. His “i” things, iPod, iPhone, iMac, etc. totally affected how we live, do business, acquire information, and connect with others.

They created tools and gadgets that got us so used to do things much easier and faster, touch-screens mobile phone, blazingly fast Internet, and the ability to have the world at our fingertips in seconds. We’re entering 2010 with all kinds of new gadgets, gizmos, and tech tools.

Here are the items most Washingtonians and I think the rest of our nation will stop using in 2010. If not 2010, latest 2011.

Check them out, along with the devices that replaced them:

. Fax Machine
Internet and e-fax totally killed it. I couldn’t even find a photo of it. I had to draw it 🙂

. Dial up Internet Connection
What can I say? Definitely won’t miss the static sound trying to connect…. then dial tone… repeat a few times… and yay! internet! DSL, Cable, Wi-Fi, WiMax, etc. killed it

. CDs
I remember the moments I used to order a CD online or buy one from a store. How could I forget the excitements opening them up and putting them in my CD player? Could anything really have withstood the amazing convenience of digital music and the worldwide adoption of the iPod? As album sales dropped by another 13% this year.

. Losing touch
Social networks totally erased the possibility of ever losing touch with old friends, colleagues, and family members.

. Newspaper Classified & Yellow Pages
Our old bastions of data have been fading fast over the last few years, replaced by — what else?– the internet. Special thanks to Craig Newmark of Craiglist.com. You can literally buy and sell anything on their site now. No need for Newspaper Classified any longer.

. Movie Rental
The massive popularity of Netflix and Video-On-Demand has made it virtually unnecessary to go to an actual store to rent movies. Blockbuster is feeling the shift — the company is set to shut down 960 of its stores this year alone.

. Long Distance Charges
VoIP (Voice over IP). Thanks to companies like Skype who introduced free internet chat services that made international calls totally free.

. Encyclopedia
I got only one word for you – INTERNET!

. Getting film developed
I am not sure whether anyone still doing this anymore.

. E-mail accounts you have to pay for

. PDA
The Awesome days of Palm Pilot is over. No chance of survival when there is a Blackberry, iPhone, Android, and now Driod, the touch-screen smartphones.

. Getting Bills in the mail
The ease and speed of online bill-pay and banking. Let’s not forget about all the environmental incentives, bye, bye mailing letters.

. Newspaper
With most communication now conducted online, magazines and newspapers crumbling, and e-readers increasing in popularity, paper is now on serious life support. I don’t remember the last time I picked up the Washington Post paper.

. Landline Phones
89% Wireless Penetration in the US, Text messaging, BlackBerry Messaging, Instant Messaging, Tweeting, Google Wave-ing, and emailing have taken over communication. All these together is gradually edging out calling. And when we consider the fact that about one-fifth of American households were wireless-only as of June 2009, it’s not hard to conclude that the landline is on its way out.

. Public Pay Phone
Not sure why they’re still there. Everyone has a mobile phone these days.

. VCRs
If you still have one, there is something seriously wrong with you.

. Maps
Everyone these days have some sort of GPS or smartphone and they’re good to go.

. Letters
Can someone says email?

Anything else? Now, tell me how long you think the new gadgets will stick around?

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

4 Responses to Things You Will Stop Using In 2010, Latest By The End of 2011

  1. alex says:

    Getting film developed will not dissapear, and neither analogue cameras as some other people have commented on other sites. Simply to many
    professional photograpers out there

  2. alex says:

    Many payphones have dissapeared over the time in Spain and Denmark. And though a lot of people have cellphones, the battery can die out, or you can drop it and will stop working. I think there is still a legal issue also about removing all payphones. Emergency purposes are ok. When you are abroad, you actually thank payphones when you need to call a local friend. A LOT cheaper. Then again only 10% americans go abroad.

    Also letters will not dissapear, at least in Denmark, bills and official paperwork has to be sent by mail, and in addition email, if they want.

  3. alex says:

    But very interesting article. Ant I think you are most right about nearly everything.

    OH, sorry, I Mis-spelled “disappear”.

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