What Is Your Favorite Tech that Has Been Discontinued?

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Just like a favorite pair of old jeans, our old tech products can be well-revered, if for no other reason than just comfortability with the way they feel and that there’s nothing new to learn. Breaking in a new pair of jeans or a new tech device can be difficult. What is your favorite tech that has been discontinued?

Our Opinion

Sayak wanted to own` a Blackberry but never really got around to it. He was able to borrow others’ Blackberries, making for decent memories for him. “There was a certain prestige and vibe to it,” leading to much envy on his part. He believes the device “was a beautiful concept, so ahead of its time.” It was considered old-fashioned, though, by the time he starting using one regularly. While he went back to Android, he does “truly miss not having owned a Blackberry in its peak time.”

He was also one of the early adopters of Motorola’s flip phone, at a time when others were getting by with phones that more resembled cordless devices. He enjoyed the melody of the “Hello Moto” ringtone and that you just had to flip the phone to take an incoming call. He also remembers that it was so loud, you could hear the ringtone from your neighbor’s house. He’s even looking for the same vintage Motorola phone. “This device is me!”

Phil is going old school, remembering back to typewriters and word processors, noting there’s no need for them, as they were cumbersome, noisy, and ridiculous in a modern contest. Other old favorites are dial phones or even just wired phones. He misses needing a phone wire “long enough to stretch from the kitchen phone to the front door.” He knows he can’t go back to those items but misses “the overall look and feel of this kind of tech.” Typing on a tablet or low-profile keyboard just isn’t the same for him.

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Back in the day, Damien used to own a Nokia 8810, “a gorgeous handset with silver casing.” He notes that it was “spoilt, and even the Nokia technician can’t bring it back to life,” leaving him quite said, even to this day. He finds most smartphones these days largely similar, just a large brick with a screen in the front and a camera in the back. He doesn’t believe they are as innovative as in the past.

For me, the most impactful was the Macintosh IIcx I used at work. I didn’t even want the upgrade. I was refusing to like it, insisting I wouldn’t. I liked the B&W monitor on the Mac II was using, the first Apple I’d used and also the first computer with a mouse. I put up a stink about the switch, but it was forced on me. After a short time, I fell in love with it. On occasion when I would get someone in to help me, I stuck them on that old machine, not “my” IIcx.

The only other machine or device that brings up that type of awe has to be the first iPhone, and not just my first, but THE first iPhone. How amazing was that device? It was so innovative in its day. I don’t think any subsequent iPhone ever will be again, no matter how much Apple tries. I’ll be replacing my iPhone 7 with whatever Apple comes out with in September, but I know I won’t have the same awe factor as that first one.

Your Opinion

Do you have similar discontinued tech that you remember fondly? Perhaps an old phone or an old computer? What is your favorite tech that has been discontinued? Join our walk down memory lane in the comments below.

9 comments

  1. I still have my first ever computer, an Apple II+. Every once in a while I boot it up or my Apple II GS. Running programs I wrote in Apple Basic on those computers still brings back the sense of awe that I had back in the 1980s.

    1. I understand. I wish I still had the old ones I used. I do still have all the ones I’ve owned personally, starting with the first Mac, a Performa. Most still work in some way except for an iMac that won’t start up anymore. I keep meaning to take all these in to an Apple Store to take them off my hands, probably too old for any type of credit for them, but it’s hard to let them go.

      1. I come across articles on how to increase productivity by reducing distractions. AppleWorks may not have all the bells & whistles and eye candy of Office 360 but neither does it the distractions. :-)

  2. I still have my first PC, an IBM PS2 A21 Model 70. It came with 16 MB of RAM, and a 120 MB hard drive, and a tape backup. It also came with a 13″ color monitor. It came with MSDOS for an OS, but I got hooked on Public Software Library which made access to shareware easily available for the first time on CD with a monthly subscription. I also became aware of the TV program Computer Chronicles on PBS with Stewart Cheifet, who created and hosted the program. I was instantly hooked, and am now trying to find and download episodes of this wonderful program. It is hard to say how many of us were inspired by it. For a half hour, I could be transported by Mr. Cheifet’s voice into the coming revolution in computer technologies. He also featured many of the key individuals leading the advance with his excellent interviews. Ah, those were the days.

  3. I miss concurrent DOS 386 from Digital Research – It never crashed, I never lost a file, I could run up to 8 sessions at a time and easily click between them — and it ran in 640K RAM! No fluff, no guff, no Microsoft! No mouse needed (or supported! They didn’t exist!)

    I miss Peter Norton. His products were reasonably priced, easy to use and they actually worked! Too bad Symantec bought him out and now makes overpriced, lousy spyware.

    I REALLY miss his disk optimizer as it allowed me to place files that did not change at the ‘front’ of the disk and those which changed (data files, cache files, etc.) in an area where they could be more rapidly optimized.

    I miss Steve Gibson – but he says he’s coming back! – like Peter Norton, he made reasonably priced products that served a useful purpose AND THEY WORKED. No pop-ups, no spyware.

    I miss customer service where the representatives spoke English as their primary language, knew the product (they did NOT need a script) and were interested in resolving the issue at hand rather than trying to sell you some worthless support contract where you could get the same lousy support – but maybe faster.

    I miss speaking with real people at a few hundred words a minute rather than ‘chatting’ at 20 or 30 words a minute. Who ever thought this was a good idea?

    I miss people who tell the TRUTH. C’mon folks! Who actually believes “Listen carefully as our options have recently changed.” and “Our representatives are experiencing unexpectedly heavy call volume at this time (at 3AM!)”?

    I miss MUZAK (Never thot I’d say that!) rather than some screaming rapper or amazingly dull (and unbelievable), droning advertisements about how good the customer service is while you wait patiently on the phone only to be disconnected.

    I miss the phone being answered by a LIVE PERSON rather than an automaton who puts you through the telephone tree from hell only to either be routed to the incorrect department or sent back to the initial recording you received when you called in.

    Yes. equipment cost more in the ‘old days’ and, MAYBE, the new stuff is more functional (but, who needs most of alleged ‘improvements’ – do you REALLY need a talking computer if you are not disabled?), but the more crap that is loaded in an OS and on the device itself, the more crap that will fail, confuse or, simply not function/

    Tim Deaton BSME, MSIA, DDC
    Systems integration services since 1977 (Yes! Before many who read this were born.)

    PS: This is only a partial list.

    1. “at this time (at 3AM!)”?”
      It may be 3 AM where you are but it is middle of the afternoon in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. :-)

  4. Handspring Visor – it was just so cool\ Loved the Motorola Razr, also real softspot for the V70 and V80 – anything with a different form factor – that’s whats missing today. I even bought a copy of the Motorola Aura – made a sword/switchblade sound when it opened – awesome ! I think the world needs an Android high spec upgradable flip phone

  5. “I miss Peter Norton. His products were reasonably priced, easy to use and they actually worked! Too bad Symantec bought him out and now makes overpriced, lousy spyware”. – Me too, I had to get different spyware after Symantec and Norton failed me.

    “I miss customer service where the representatives spoke English as their primary language”. It seems that the only Customer Service people I can understand these days are “Apple Reps.”. There are many English only customer service reps. elsewhere that I cannot understand because their northern or southern accent is so pronounced. Please give us Standard American English” for Americans, or text (both would work well because if I don’t understand them, I can see what they say!).

    Leisure Suit Larry was amusing in the beginning before it turned into porn.

    I miss computers without voice recognition because now, people do not have to learn to type or spell…

  6. I miss a device which would provide a true and fast handwriting recognition as the Newton Message pad 2100 did, back in 1998. Also some features of its software have never been ported to e.g. iOS which does certainly have tons more computing power. The Notes of the NewtonOS could store handwritten text, hand drawings, geometrically exact drawings, text with several layers as well as excellent checklists with several layers too. I miss all this on iOS devices.

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