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5:34 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The scroll lock key. WTH, 20 years I've never used it.

Thermal fax paper. Remember that?

Dot matrix printers.

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The scroll lock key. 26 years without finding a use for it.

Thermal fax paper. Still have a box of it and an old fax machine that uses it although I now just use my all-in-one printer for faxing. I ought to just get rid of the thing, but it's the only corded phone in the house these days.

Dot matrix printer. Got one boxed up in my garage. Ribbons too.

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Also,

A hand held scanner. Simply awful.

5-1/4 inch floppy drives and floppies to go with it. Still have one computer that uses them.

RGB monitor. Got one of them too out in the garage all boxed up. Just like new too!

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>>The scroll lock key. WTH, 20 years I've never used it.

What is a scroll lock key... ?

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A 100-M Zip drive, with disks. (Worse, one with a parallel port!) Although I was actually using the USB Zip drive until I finally got some USB flash drives.
A 1-G Jaz drive, with discs.
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Scroll lock key is used in Excel to change the function of the arrow keys from selecting to scrolling.

...but yeah, the scroll lock key is pretty much worthless. Probably why Apple omitted it.

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MiniDisk player: Userped by flash-based and the HD-based MP3 players.

I still have MD capability on the old HiFi, but can't remember the last time I used a MD.

7:13 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Scroll lock key still useful for legacy dos / database / spreadsheets terminal sessions etc. Also the Pause, Alt and Escape keys are still in use by some apps.

Thermal Fax Paper useless and outdated? Surely you mean Fax useless and outdated?

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Surely you mean Fax useless and outdated?

Ha! We send/receive faxes every day. We use a fax service, so we don't (usually) print any faxes. I can't comment about our the status of our clients, but I assume most of them are probably using fax machines.

Many industries have no gone paperless, especially ones that you would think would be. Online hotel reservations? Many hotels require faxed reservation information from the agency. Mortgages? I've been e-mailing my broker all my loan docs, but he has to print them out to submit to the lender.

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I sometimes use fax when I need a stronger proof than email (but less than other delivery services).
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We've got email to fax service, we no longer use true faxing. Our faxes come by email, and go out by us sending a PDF to an email address. Had to go this way when we went VOIP, because I gather you can't run a regular fax line over a voip system, without special considerations.

What I find a bit bizarre is that when I fax our suppliers, I'm sending a pdf to a server that converts it to a fax signal - that is then probably reconverted from a fax to a PDF and then delivered to the supplier by email rather than on their fax machine. I could save myself $15 a month if we cut out that middle man :).

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so what will be outdated in 5 more years?

CDs - pffft... my car doesnt even have a CD player.
Remote Control - you still use that? my TV understands my voice commands. Ha.
8GB Ipod - so 5 years ago... Try my 3TB Ipod.. holds every song ever made.

a Wife - fugedaboutit. check out my android.. she can cook, clean... ooooh, check this out!

10:25 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Outdated/gone in 5 years...

Subscription TV channels, like cable, HBO, etc. You buy only what you want to watch via the web.

Paper newspapers in your driveway each morning. You'll just turn on your ereader.

Hard drive capacity concerns. All of your data will be on the cloud, online.

Facebook & Twitter. Because they'll never figure out how to make money.

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CDs - pffft... my car doesnt even have a CD player.

Neh. Should remain the cheapest way to sell media.

Remote Control - you still use that? my TV understands my voice commands. Ha.

Talking is fun at first, but people will likely stick with buttons which require less effort than constantly talking.

8GB Ipod - so 5 years ago... Try my 3TB Ipod.. holds every song ever made.

That will most likely happen. Maybe not 3 TB though, haha. But who knows?

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Remote Control - you still use that? my TV understands my voice commands. Ha.

Talking is fun at first, but people will likely stick with buttons which require less effort than constantly talking.

Not only that, but with the remote, whoever has the remote is "driving." If anyone can shout at the TV to change the channel, there'd be utter chaos.
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In five years... ?

Windows 9
Solid state disks, no more spinning stuff
Sixteen core CPUs will be mainstream
Voice recoginition will be more prevalent
GPS devices will be everywhere (cars and all phones)
Schoolbooks, newspapers = eReaders
>>Facebook & Twitter. Because they'll never figure out how to make money.
I give them three more years - tops.

12:47 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In five years... ?

"Voice recoginition will be more prevalent"

I've been hearing that since the 1980's...

3:47 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Faxes should be history, but not quite. Five years might be enough. We only send or receive faxes with companies that are too far behind to generate digital documents, or have such horrible software that scanning to PDF generates monumental files. Fax is dead, just hasn't had plug pulled yet.

CDs also I think. I ship a package weekly, which includes a CD for a Premier Premium Platinum Plan, and have had to re-spec the CD three times in last two years. Though there isn't a whole lot of difference that I can tell, we use premium audio CDs (short of archive quality). We also use a standard case over the slim case so that we can add spine labels. Those cases are getting almost impossible to find at B&M. Last round I had to settle for a low quality standard case. When they run out, I expect that we will have to find them online somewhere, and I hope we can find a premium qualityty case again. The re-spec on the last batch I am NOT happy with.

We charge $75 a week for this service and have already warned our users that in the next few years, CDs may go away; that they should backup the data on their computers and be prepared for the end of the CD player.

I haven't gotten what I have considered a quite straight answer from people that I think should know more about how much longer the format will last, and that is a bit of a flag also. Maybe they will last because there isn't anything between CD and DVD, but we are looking to add a video component to the package, and that would be the end of CDs for me. ?

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Spectrum 48k with hard keys
Sinclair C5 "car"
Ghetto blaster, e.g. "3D Super Woofer"!
Betamax...lost our to the 'inferior' VHS
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Scroll lock key is used in Excel to change the function of the arrow keys from selecting to scrolling.

Thanks StoutFiles. I wondered why Excel had been misbehaving - must have pressed that button by accident while cleaning the keyboard. Fixed now.
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Ghetto blaster, e.g. "3D Super Woofer"!

Nobody knows what I'm talking about when I call an ipod a 'walkman'. Kids these days.
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I know...I went with a load of children (and adults) to the Science Museum (London) and they did not know what a vinyl record was...a really fun day that was! :)
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so what will be outdated in 5 more years?

All the devices with wires...

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In Sonar (it's a Music Sequencer) the scroll lock key stops the arrange window from moving along with the song as it is playing. That comes in handy. I bet there are all kinds of programs that use that key for similar functions.

As for the future, I want to get rid of all the spaghetti behind my desk and TV. We need wireless everything!

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so what will be outdated in 5 more years?

This Internet thingee. Definitely a fad- won't last. :)
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4:53 pm on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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...did not know what a vinyl record was...

Ha! On a forum elsewhere I've recently posted about a 78 that I bought!

Outdated in five years...

Qwerty keyboards as we know them now.
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I didn't ever play a 78, but I did have some 33 1/3...just 'for the record' :)
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