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Ten technologies that should be extinct (but aren't)

Obsolete and out of date, but still hanging on

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Got an urgent message you need to transmit immediately? Sending a telegram is likely not the first option that comes to mind. And when it's time to boogie down, you probably don't shove a cassette into your 8-track player or slap an LP onto your phonograph.

These technologies served their purpose for a while, then either evolved into cheaper, faster, better forms or simply disappeared. Yet other technologies, such as fax machines, landline phones and instant cameras, just refuse to die, despite better digital alternatives.

Here are ten technologies that should be dead and buried, yet still cling to life.


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1. The Telegraph

Yes, you can still send a telegram, though not through Western Union. It sent its last telegraphic transmission on January 27, 2006. At the telegram's peak in 1929, more than 200 million were sent. By 2005, that number had dwindled to 21,000. Subsequently, iTelegram took over Western Union's telex network, though you can access it via the web.


  • 1. The Telegraph
  • 2. Typewriters
  • 3. Fax Machines
  • 4. Landline Telephones
  • 5. Turntables
  • 6. Cash Registers
  • 7. Instant Cameras
  • 8. Disc Drives
  • 9. Cathode Ray Tubes
  • 10. CB Radios


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