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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RE[2]: Ah Replay
by slashdev on Tue 13th Dec 2011 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Ah Replay"
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No. The killer app feature that ReplayTV had...was show sharing! You had a "Send Show" button. Most people forget that you could actually share shows between people across the internet (not just locally) using ReplayTV. there were even networks created dedicated to specific channels, so people would agree to just record a certain channel. THAT was revolutionary. Had it continued, bit torrent would not have risen, Hulu would have been much different, etc.

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