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: Comment by Laurence
by Kivada on Tue 13th Dec 2011 09:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
Kivada
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2010-07-07

I miss having the IR though since the real fun was making it a universal remote.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Tue 13th Dec 2011 09:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I miss having the IR though since the real fun was making it a universal remote.

True, but these days you can get iOS / Android apps for set top boxes and HTPCs. Granted it's not as fun though

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Morgan on Wed 14th Dec 2011 15:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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2005-06-29

That was one of the reasons my third Palm device was a Sony Clie, it had a built in high output CIR transmitter that worked with Sony's own universal remote app. It also worked with custom apps available around the 'net. It made for a great replacement for the three remotes in my living room.

Time was when I could whip out my PDA in a lobby, and while browsing the (admittedly limited) mobile web via WiFi, I could surreptitiously change the TV to something besides Bloomberg or the Country Music Channel.

Yes, I've grown up since then. ;)

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