10 technologies to kill in 2010

Computer world has the opinionated list.

  1. Fax Machines. I'm with him here. But they still linger on. Heck, I file my FSA claims via FAX simply because photocopying receipts and the signed claim form works! However... the copy machine in the office is fully capable of emailing me the scanned versions of whatever I place on the platen, which I could email to the FSA claim processor. If they supported that. Which they don't. Until more offices (and companies) start getting these integrated solutions into use and worked into their business processes, they'll stick around.
  2. 12v 'cigarette' plugs in vehicles. These are slowly changing. New cars are increasingly coming with 120v outlets. However, the sheer preponderance of this form-factor out there will guarantee support for many, many years to come. As more vehicles come with 48v systems instead of 12v systems, these new standard 120v outlets will be able to support more wattage.
  3. The 'www' in web-site addresses. Ah, mind-share. Old-schoolers like me still reflexively type 'http://www' before any web-address, simply because I spent so many years typing it it's hard to untrain my fingers. I'll get there in the end. And when geeks like me pick site addresses, the 'www' is kind of a default. But then, I'm not a web-dev so I don't think about things like this all day.
  4. Business Cards. Oh, they'll stick around. How else will I enter 'free lunch' contests? The Deli counter isn't going to get email any time soon, and dropping my card in a fish-bowl does the same thing easier. That said, the 100-pack of business cards I was issued in 2003 is still serving me strong, so I don't go through them much. One deli counter around my old job had a Handspring Visor set out so people could beam business cards to it as a way to enter the free lunch contest. Now THAT'S rocking it old-school!
  5. Movie Rental Stores. For people stuck on slow internet connections, they're still the only way to get video content. They still serve an under-served population. Like check-cashing stores.
  6. Home entertainment remotes. Word. I am in lust for an internet-updatable universal remote like the eHarmony ones.
  7. Landline phones. I still have one, because until a few months ago cell reception at my house was spotty. Also, they're 'always on' even in a power outage. An extended power-outage will cause even cell phones to run out of juice, and then where will you be? Also, cell service still isn't everywhere yet. More with the serving of under-served populations.
  8. Music CD's. They're going the way of vinyl records. Soon to be a scorned format, but their utility for long term media backup is not to be denied. What's really going way is the 'album' format! Kids These Days are going to remember the CD in much the same way I remember the 5.25" floppy disk.
  9. Satellite Radio. The long-haul industry is very much a fan of these services, as you can get the same station coast to coast. Some people like live talk radio, which you can't get on your ipod. Recorded talk radio? Sure, they're called "podcasts". It is no mystery why half of Sirius' channel lineup is talk or other non-music. Satellite radio is here for the long-haul.
  10. Redundant registration. Word.


what a putz

how about windows...

I think you mean "Harmony" and not "eHarmony" unless you have a tendency to surf online personal ads from your couch. :)

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