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Show #2018-227 November 13, 2018

This week we celebrating items that either no longer exist or at least shouldn’t exist as a result of technology advances.,

The whole concept of a phone has defiantly changed with the introduction of smartphones. When I was growing up, we had a kitchen phone, hanging up on the wall, and two extensions. One in the family room and one in my parent’s bedroom, as we thought that was pretty spiffy. Today, not only is the concept of a phone plugged into the wall pretty much completely gone, except for charging purposes, with only 6% of people still relying on a landline but, in that same vein, when was the last time you saw a phone booth. Beyond the concept of the traditional telephone, also gone are household phone numbers. Today the absolute trend is for personal numbers, rather the calling somebody’s home.

Another casualty of advances is the Fax machine. I remember how amazed I was that I could write a letter, stick into the fax machine, and then just seconds later it appeared at its destination. How much better could life get than that? Today, I don’t know anyone outside of legal circles who would even pause to consider using a fax machine in preference to email, Facebook, messenger or a ton of other technologies that all work faster and better.

Another mainstay of old-fashioned phone service, long distance calling, has also pretty much vanished. A big expense years ago was your long-distance charges, with fees being charged by the minute, and in many cases adding up to hundreds of dollars per month.

As long as we are travelling down memory lane, remember the VCR. They’re gone now, although I still have two. I paid a fortune for them and keep them because I just can’t go to the recycling depot as see that much money hearing it the garbage.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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Show #2018-227 November 13, 2018