Our Top 10 Biggest Regrets in Technology
Sure, technology is in many ways amazing, and has brought on advancements we probably could've never dreamed up. But a lot of it has been an overall time suck in our lives. You know, those gadgets that -- though quirky and innovative when they first came out -- really drove us crazy down the line.
So in honor of the Holidays, we've come up with our Top 10 Biggest Regrets in Technology. Some are old, some are new, and some are now just so outdated that they don't function properly. Check them out and have a laugh after the jump.
Apple Computers in the early 90's
Apple is pretty much running things nowadays with producuts like iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs, and the like. But in the late 80's and early 90's, we can't remember them being used for anything more than playing a green and black version of the Oregon Trail. Apple taught us to hunt, gather, and protect our families from dysentery and typhoid virtually, sure. But the images were probably as low-tech as it gets, and the computer itself looked pretty much like a miniature TV propped on top of a typewriter. And can you remember all of the commands you had to input to make pictures with letters on the screen? Talk about a hassle.
Nintendo Power Glove
Originally released in 1989, this controller accessory looked like the epitome of cool. We felt like we time traveled into the era of the Jetsons when we put it on, and we're sure many sported them as accessories. But did it really work? The concept of the glove was probably a good 20 years before its time, making its functionality a little hard to grasp. The wearer's fingers fed an analog signal to the microprocessor on the glove, and the microprocessor then converted said signal into two bits a finger. So we have to wear a glove while pressing buttons with the other hand? There were only two games on the market that catered to the glove, and the controller was always getting jammed. But hey, at least it looked cool, right?
The Sony Walkman Tape Player
When the Sony Walkman first came out, it was the coolest concept: Taking your tapes with you wherever you went?! It was name dropped in the best movies, and being able to listen to your sweetheart's personalized mixtape on the go was just so convenient. The novelty wore thin when the tapes constantly jammed, and fast forwarding to a song we liked on an 11-song tape meant waiting around for an hour with your finger forcing a button down. With the advent of the CD, tape players became virtually obsolete almost instantly, and what once looked "super cool" transformed into "you're not cool enough."
The one-way Pager/Beeper
We're not knocking how handy the pager is. Today's modern incarnations come with full text on the screen, and the ability to even reply if need be. But the first pagers we ever got our hands on were a major inconvenience. Whenever someone wanted to reach us, we'd have to decode the numbers on the screen with a beeper "cheat sheet." A friend and an ex-boyfriend both consider "13" to be their personal identification code, and just sent you an "823*123" message? Uh-oh. What's worse were those beepers that merely said "1 page," or when acquaintances sent messages with just their phone numbers, leaving you stuck with a guessing game and whether or not you wanted to splurge the 25 cents on a phone call to kill your curiosity.
The First Mobile Phone
When Zach Morris first sported one on Saved by the Bell, we all scratched our heads. They just looked so convenient. Not needing to carry a ton of change to make phone calls on the road seemed so "out there." And how did those people get all of those little phone receptors in that box? In retrospect, that phone was enormous. How did anyone fit it into their pockets? Did women need to carry overnight bags wherever they went just to bring their mobile phones with them? And though mobile phone users looked "cool" talking on the streets when it just came out, once the newer much smaller models hit the market, they just looked plain silly.