Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:38 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
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Carol Pinchefsky contemplates commercial skipping DVRs, and other tales of really good technology that vanished, in 7 Awesome Bits of Tech That Just Freakin' Disappeared. As Pinchefsky writes: "...It got me thinking about awesome technology that we somehow ditched. The airship? Awesome. Slide rules? Awesome awesome. Mir Space Station? Boss-level awesome. And now just thinking about wristwatches with calculators makes me suffer a sense of short-term nostalgia (as in Douglas Coupland's Generation X). Here are some of the coolest features and products that we’ve lost along the way to 2012.

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Ah Replay
by wocowboy on Tue 13th Dec 2011 10:02 UTC
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I had a ReplayTV, just threw it out a couple years ago when it stopped working. I loved it. It had much better software than TIVO, easier to use, and that wonderful commercial-skip feature that worked like a charm. I knew it would not last and it did not. Today's DVR fast-forward function is a mere shell, so crippled you watch more of the commercials than you skip.

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