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The 40 best dying or dead technologies

A spirited send-off for the best tech of yesteryear


Technology evolves at a breakneck speed, which means today's most-used technology could just be a fleeting memory by tomorrow. We've rounded up 40 once-commonplace activities that are rapidly approaching extinction.

38. Sending documents via fax

Status: Showing signs of illness

Why fax when you can attach? Especially since most documents are now created on computers, the facsimile may soon find itself on the endangered species list.

39. Rockin' out with your Boombox

Status: Nearly deceased

Your iPod may look cool, but can you balance it on your shoulder and blare your funky beats at obnoxiously high volumes? Didn't think so.

The boombox - also known as the ghetto blaster - reached its peak popularity during the 1980s, when big hair, stone-washed jeans, and bad dancing enjoyed similarly unaccountable heydays.

Though updated editions of the boombox may be on the market today, they're not proving as popular as they once were.

40. Giving someone your undivided attention during a social interaction

Status: Showing signs of illness

Oh, come on - talking without simultaneously texting or tweeting is so 2008.

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See also: The 15 biggest technology failures

  1. They're now nearly obsolete
  2. Chatting with the SysOp
  3. Checking your answering machine
  4. Storing data on a floppy disk
  5. Flipping on an incandescent light bulb
  6. Sending documents via fax

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