Specifically the land line. Sometime during the early part of the last decade (ie. 2000-2010) I found myself no longer shopping for a phone. I stopped having a home number! Instead, mobile phones are a must and it's SIM cards I'm carrying whenever I travel. Yes, we are no longer limited to a static phone. Gone are the wired and wireless phones. At least in my case, they are entirely obsolete. As for the others, I do know many still have phones connected to their walls at home as well as in the office. For me however, even the office is turning mobile. Eventually, everything will be in the clouds!
Are you one of those few who still send greeting cards over the mail? Again, I haven't done so for ages! In fact, I'm pretty surprised that Hallmark is still in existent and surviving. I'd have thought over the years considering the limited number of cards I received (mainly from retailers than from friends!) these shops will be out of business! Oh well, if not now, perhaps in near future. I'm not hopeful about their business model although there would always be others who are romantic and who love sending cards. Anyhow, I expect it to be totally gone, sooner or later ;-)
I used to print all the photos I took with my cameras so much so I need warehousing facilities for them! With the intro of digital cameras and considering the huge number of photos I take, well, I stopped printing photos! I know, some printers may have even gone bust because of that! Anyhow, as with greeting cards, these retailers lost a client and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one. For now, many of these images are in my portable hard disks. However, I'm sure in near future, there would be another "revolution" (or rather, evolution) in this industry. Technology is great in so far if your job is not affected by it, isn't it?
When I first learned how to type, it was on a real typewriter. For many who are born after the 90s, they might not even know what a typewriter is! Well, we can hardly find typewriter in the offices anymore, they have all been replaced by the word processors and later the PCs. In any case, typewriter is a thing of the past although the ink corrector seems to be more resilient! Remember those carbon paper? Well, I wonder what has become of them!
For antique collector though, this is quite an item, as with the very first Apple computer! Who knows, one day you might be able to fetch million of dollars for this. So, don't throw it away if you still have it somewhere in the house! ;-)
From Cassettes Walkman to CD Walkman to MiniDisc Walkman, they were what made Sony so great in the 80s and 90s. In the last few years, despite efforts by Sony to try to revive the walkman (including walkman phones), Apple's iPod and iPhone had taken center stage. The walkman era is over with. It is interesting to see how certain products define an era of time, isn't it?
Newspapers across the globe is certainly losing readership by the thousands if not millions over the years. While it is still a major source of news, many now read digital copies of news rather than on the papers.
For the longest period, my news source have been the TV and the net. It's been awhile since I regularly read news on the newspapers much less a regular subscription (I simply hate getting ink all over my fingers when it comes to newspapers!)! In future, we'll probably get our news from the new apps found either on the mobile phone or the iPad and other newsreader.
Life has certainly evolved for the major of us. It'd be hard pressed to guess what the next decade will bring in terms of technology and our way of living & lifestyle choices!