The Decade's Most Obsolete Stuff
Everyday items that have gone extinct since 1999
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:30 AM CST
Fax machines, land lines, answering machines, and rolodexes all seem pretty useless next to the modern cellphone.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Technology’s come leaps and bounds this past decade, leaving a trove of everyday items in the aughts' dust. New York magazine runs down some of the stuff we won’t really miss:

  • Answering machine—Swingers proved why this thing had to go.
  • Lickable stamp—Collectors still like them, but the rest of us want self-adhesives.
  • Foldable road map—Please, these days you can have Snoop Dogg read your GPS directions.

  • Cathode ray tube television—LCD screens finally beat out their ancestors in 2007.
  • Incandescent light bulb—Already banned in Europe, these inefficient bulbs are being phased out here, too.
  • Paid porn—You can get plenty of it free online.
  • Fax machine—Pretty obsolete, though the Japanese still love it.
  • Floppy disk—1.5mb used to seem like a lot.
  • Phone Book—Still automatically delivered, but pretty useless outside of World’s Strongest Man competitions.
  • Rolodex—No match for its digital counterparts.

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Dec 9, 2009 5:15 AM CST
Agreed. Three words: paper. doesn't. crash. (or get wiped out by a magnet) Unless your computer is on constantly, it's faster to grab a phone book to look up some (local) things. Personally, I'd rather read paper than screens. A lot more flexibility when I want to go to different pages at different times. Screens force you to scroll, scroll, scroll. The only time I'd like to use a screen for reading would probably be by using a Kindle (or similar product) when reading a book with lots of links to glossaries embedded in the text. Especially helpful when reading classic literature, like Shakespeare or Dante, instead of having to flip back and forth which tends to break my reading momentum.
Dec 8, 2009 7:07 AM CST
i look like the undead in the compact flourescent lighting, and so do you. you can congratulate yourself on being energy conscious while you sit there looking like the undead. i have plenty of incandescents and i'm not afraid to use them.
Dec 7, 2009 11:49 AM CST
What old will be new again. You may want to wait till Dec. 2010 before you write that tombstone out. Just saying.