10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now

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Author's Note: 10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now

I first accessed the Internet using a 300 baud dial-up modem. Sometimes it took several minutes to connect to a particular online bulletin board. Data transfer was so slow, even for simple text, that I could actually read the lines as they appeared, one by one, on my monochrome computer screen. When I finally got my hands on a 4800 baud modem, my life changed. Suddenly, entire pages of text flashed to my computer at once. I could download thousands of bytes per hour. I am not nostalgic for obsolete technologies. I drop-kick them into the recycling bin and say thanks for speedier, better gadgets at every turn.

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