Welcome to the Future

I’m a huge country music fan. A few weeks ago, I was listening to a new song by artist Brad Paisley, called “Welcome to the Future”. The song’s lyrics go though some pretty cool technological advancements that we have had over the past decades, some of which we probably don’t even remember living without. 

“When I was ten years old
I remember thinkin’ how cool it would be
When we were goin’ on an eight hour drive
If I could just watch TV 

And I’d have given anything
To have my own Pac-Man game at home
I used to have to get a ride down to the arcade
Now I’ve got it on my phone”

After hearing the song for the first time I started to laugh. With CEDIA fast approaching, I’m sure we are going to hear lots of product introductions that are going to make a lot of last year’s new product obsolete. That’s just the world we live in. Everything is constantly changing, especially when it comes to technology.

I found this great article on PC World about “Obsolete Technology: 40 Big Losers” and thought it would be fun to share. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Playing video games at an arcade
Status: On life support
Once a favorite activity of geeks worldwide, going to the arcade to play video games began fading away in the mid-1990s, just as going to the arcade to play pinball had done a decade before.

A few arcades survive, but the days of gamers lining up to toss quarters into “Street Fighter” or “Mortal Kombat” are long gone. It’s easy to see why: The advent of advanced gaming systems allows you to experience the same action at home, minus the dungeon-like lighting, the deafening game noise and the premature exhaustion of your lunch money for the week.

8. Getting fuzzy TV reception
Status: Deceased
When the United States flipped the switch on an all-digital broadcasting system this summer, it also effectively sent the fuzzy “white snow” to the graveyard. So long, annoying static; we always loathed you.

9. Hearing the sound of a modem connecting
Status: Nearly deceased
How a familiar series of sounds could simultaneously be so grating and so gratifying is a mystery that man may never unlock. Jonesing for a fix? Try the 56K Modem Emulator.

11. Waiting to get photos developed
Status: Showing signs of illness
Though film-based cameras aren’t completely gone, the advantages of digital snapshots —namely, that you can view a picture immediately after taking it and that you can discard bad shots at no cost — have certainly made traditional cameras far less common.

16. Enjoying complete privacy
Status: On life support
In the face of constant monitoring by Google and the many forms of GPS tracking in our lives (social networking shoe, anyone?), privacy has become a rare and precious commodity within the connected world. Speaking of which, that’s a nice shirt you’re wearing today.

22. Storing data on a floppy disk
Status: Nearly deceased
A disk with 1.44MB of storage? Shyeah, right. The once-standard protocol for storing and transferring data seems puny by today’s file-size standards. (And don’t even get started with the truly floppy 5.25-inch variety.) Few new PCs are being built with floppy disk drives anymore; and as a result, the era of the A:\ prompt is in its twilight. As for the Zip drive, Iomega may still say it sells ’em — but is anyone buying it?

29. Using proper grammar and punctuation
Status: On life support
txting and iming has made proper grammar seems kinda old skoo, dont u thnk? heres hoping 4 capitalization & punctuation 2 make a comeback in emails & other writing. the gr8 gatsby probly wuld hv been way less gr8 if it wuz written like this. Lol

38. Sending documents via fax
Status: Showing signs of illness
Why fax when you can attach? Especially since most documents are now created on computers, the facsimile may soon find itself on the endangered species list. Fear not, though, “Office Space” fans: The legend “PC Load Letter” will live on forever.

Posted by: Lauren

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