5 Now Ancient Technologies From the 90 That You Use To Know

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Remember the flip phone, cassette and pager?  Yeah… now they’re just technologies that you used to know.

Now Ancient Technologies That You Use To Know

Let’s give a look at technologies of the past. You know those tech that made us go WOW. That same technology that we now look back on and think – OMG REMEMBER HOW MUCH THAT SUCKED. Yes, times have changed. Kids today wouldn’t know what to do if they were taken back to the 90’s. 

somebody you use to know meme
somebody you use to know meme

America Online

Anyone remember the days of America Online? Before the internet as we know it, many of us used this service to log on, surf and meet people.

AOL American Online

AOL was the match.com before dating websites. It was the craigslist before marketplace listings. AOL was the chat before AIM. It was the Facebook before Facebook. Now? Now AOL is  aol.com, nothing like it use to be an sure to be extinct. 

Gone are the days of receiving AOL CDs in the mail.  RIP AOL!

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Web TV

Remember Web TV? Created in 1995, there were high hopes that this would revolutionize the internet and move internet to the television.

web tv

Yeah, it never seemed to work. Microsoft purchased and Web TV was renamed to MSN TV.

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Cue Cat

Cue cat anyone? Anyone remember this barcode scanner debuted in 1999. Digital Convergence Company had big plans with this device, but ultimately it ended up flopping.

cue cat
cue cat

Special barcodes were placed through-out magazines, you would scan and then be taken to a URL. Sounds a little like QR codes, right? Good idea, before it’s time.

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Zip Drives

I recall having to purchase one of these for my first college design class. The Iomega Zip Drives could hole massive *insert modern eye roll* amounts of data. How massive?

zip drive 90s technology
zip drive 90s technology

We’re talking a *insert another eye roll* whopping 100 mg! Later versions could hold up to 750 mg. Yes, 1000 mg is 1 gig and yes 1 gig storage devices are now the size of my pinky.

You can file floppy drives under this as well.

Tube Televisions

Kids, before we had the sleek 1 inch thin LED televisions that we have today, we had lovely tube TVs.

tube television ancient technology
tube television ancient technology

These massive televisions weighed a ton and required a table to hold them (**exaggeration** for those folks who only see black and white).  Today you can hang your tv on the wall. These tv’s required shelves to hold them up. Goodbye heavy televisions with crappy picture quality!

Pager or Beeper

Last but not least, the beloved pager or beeper. Who remembers beeping your friend so that they would call you back.

pager extinct technology
pager extinct technology

I will say, up until a few years ago I remember seeing doctors still using beepers. I was shocked but it was an efficient way to talk to a doctor without fuss (so said my OBGYN.) Surely in 2024 this technology is extinct!

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