Outdated Devices That Make Us Feel Nostalgic
With the holidays around the corner, we can’t help thinking back to the good ol’ years. The holiday season makes us nostalgic and I can’t help but think of all my techy Christmas gifts that I’d be hoping and praying were under that Christmas tree. Needless to say, technology has come far and thinking back at some of my favorite gifts also makes me think about how far we’ve come. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some Outdated Devices That Make Us Feel Nostalgic.
First developed in 2004, this cellular flip phone dominated the market for four years. With a flashy sleek design and a wide array of colors, this phone was a prime example of how technology became a fashion. You couldn’t wait for someone to text you so you could nonchalantly whip out this phone and slyly text back so everyone could see you were in the in with fashionable technology. What said “I love you” more than knowing exactly which color Motorola RAZR that person wanted?
Can you believe there was a time before the cell phone? Mind blowing right? How about before cordless phones? How did we survive that era? You wanted to talk to someone on the phone? Try being tethered to a wall, usually in the most public part of the house. What better gift than your own personal corded phone in your own personal bedroom, possibly with your own personal phone line. Mom, Dad, you shouldn’t have!
Not to be confused for the Discman that was later developed in the 1990s, the Walkman was a portable audio cassette player. Do you remember cassettes? They were those little analog devices that recorded music. No track bookmarking? Cool, just let me push the fast-forward button and magically hope I got to the track that I wanted. But hey, at least I can play music anywhere anytime; just have to make sure I have an endless supply of AA batteries.
Skipping over the Walkman generation, the portable mp3 player symbolized an exciting turn for portable music-playing technology. Holding a whopping (/sarcasm) 32 MB – 128 MB of data when they first came to market, they were more portable than the Walkmans and Diskmans and with way more functionality. Commence the era of pirated file sharing.
Computer Games via Floppy Disk
If you think a 32 MB was a limited amount of data, try the floppy disk with its groundbreaking 1.2 MB of data. To put this in perspective, a single song (at an average of 3 MB) would require 3 floppy disks to store it. We use to fit whole games on there (*cough* Oregon Trail). At least the floppy disk shall be immortalized forever as an iconic symbol, more commonly known as the “save icon”.
Well that’s my list of outdated devices that sent me careening down memory lane. Which outdated devices make you feel nostalgic?