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Gadgets From the 90s No One Uses Anymore

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16. Answering Machines

Nowadays you can just leave a voicemail, which, in many cases, is automatically transcribed. You can even send a text by voice. Before cell phones and texting became available, people had little tape recorders that played back messages from people who had tried to reach them. It was convenient, even if it took hours before a person actually heard his or her messages.

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17. VCR

Video cassette recorders became almost obsolete after the emergence of DVD players. The rise of online streaming services killed what was left of them. The world’s last VCR was made in July 2016. At their peak in the 1990s, VCRs were selling 15 million units per year.

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18. Film Cameras

Back in the day, it was hours, if not days, between taking a picture and actually seeing it. Before digital cameras made everything so much faster, people used film cameras, which were automatic or manual. You had to change the film every 36 pictures or so. So basically, you could not afford to keep snapping the same image a gazillion times. And, perhaps worst of all, to see your vacation pictures you had to wait until you went home and had them developed. And if any images were blurred…

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