9 Things Going Obsolete As You Read This Post

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It’s interesting to see what gets edged out as new technology emerges.

Some of the items on this list are well on their way out while others are just beginning to show signs of trouble.

Evolve or die!


The state of the paper book business is rough already, and as Amazon makes itself more and more of a threat, continuing to combine great prices with unbeatable selection (not to mention the introduction of its Kindle Fire), brick-and-mortar bookstores are in for a world of hurt.


They're expensive, they're heavy, and they're exceptionally easy to digitize. How much longer until colleges start selling them to students exclusively in electronic format?

Backing up to a CD or DVD

It's all about storing things on the cloud now.

Paper maps

Anyone with a smartphone has a perfectly usable map with GPS built into it with the most current road information. No more having to trace a route with your finger and hoping for the best.


So many of us rely so entirely on our mobile phones that paying an additional fee each month for a non-portable phone might not make a lot of sense.

Dial-up internet

Yes, it's still around. But broadband continues to get so easy to deploy that it's safe to call it the norm. Even those in rural areas can rely on high-speed satellite connections.


mobile phones are only getting cheaper. Even the iPhone 3GS is now free with a contract. Who needs to bother with fishing for change and dialling a number from memory?

Personal address books

We have the entire functionality of an address book built into our phones and computers.

Instant cameras

These things have two strikes against them -- they use film and they serve only one purpose. Again, our mobile phones have edged completely into another space by being digital and being multipurpose.

Here's something that's evolved with the times

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