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    What tech is becoming redundant next?

    I've just used my desktop USB DVD drive for the first time in months. I've not used the one in my PC for at least a year now.
    Given the demise of floppies in the past few years (at long last!) it's got me wondering what we can see vanish in the next couple of years and join the 'back in my day' list older techies love to talk about?

    VGA? Not whilst there are older projectors around, so I'll give that one a few more years yet.
    PS\2? Why it's not already gone I don't know

    So, what are your choices for the tech dead pool?

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    I don't think any machines here, bar our oldest servers, have PS2 on them.

    Come to think of it, Serial ports here are lacking too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    VGA? Not whilst there are older projectors around, so I'll give that one a few more years yet.
    I think DVI would probably disappear before VGA for this very reason.

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    VGA will be outdated soon with DVI/HDMI
    Serial we got 2 laptops that has serial ports (Dell D505's), Some of our new kit has serial ports (Only to keep DT happy with there smart boxes)

    Infa Red? Bar TV remotes. (i know some of the new samsung Tv's use bluetooth.)

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    PS/2 still appears on random machines.

    I'd say that within the next 5 years, USB memory stick prevalence will plummet, due to online file lockers.
    Compact digital cameras, replaced by cameras in phones.

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    It really annoys me when I see PC's still being sold with - VGA, PS/2, RS232C, IEEE1284, IDE and/or BIOS. The PC industry loves to take it's time moving away from old obsolete technology.

    And yet Apple never seem to have any problems drawing a line in the sand when they need to...

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    I think all ports will eventually be either USB and HDMI. Everything else is simply too big for mobile devices!

    USB caters for practically everything, but not so much audio/visual, whereas HDMI does.

    Serial ports, Firewire and eSATA are also becoming more rare too. I also think in the next few years SSD will become the norm, replacing hard disks we use today - even if the average notebook came with a 100GB SSD hard drive, instead of 500GB, not many users actually fill it anywhere near its potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Compact digital cameras, replaced by cameras in phones.
    unfortunately you might be right! Cameras in phones are ok but people taking photos with tablets are just absurd!

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    The Longevity of PS\2 ports still astonishes me. Dell dropped them from the 745 opltiplex but rought them back from the 790 onward, whereas HP have just released the Elitedesk machines with PS\2 Ports. They'll probably be around forever.

    DVI is great, fantastic bandwidth, VGA is still around because many people will upgrade a PC but not a screen. Plus for analogue, the quality is superb!

    Optical media discs will be the next to go I reckon. Now that we can stream media in high definition and download the contents of a dvd in a few minutes, they're rapidly becoming obsolete. Especially for gaming, the PC gaming industry has seen a boom because of the advent of Steam and other online download services.

    And then it'll be the sudden death of the spinning hard disc as it's all swapped for SSD components.

    And once we finally nail quantum computing, everything will be redundant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I think all ports will eventually be either USB and HDMI. Everything else is simply too big for mobile devices!

    USB caters for practically everything, but not so much audio/visual, whereas HDMI does.
    It's possible that both of these will be replaced by Thunderbolt in the coming years. It has phenomenal bandwidth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    PS/2 still appears on random machines.

    I'd say that within the next 5 years, USB memory stick prevalence will plummet, due to online file lockers.
    Compact digital cameras, replaced by cameras in phones.
    Actually I'd argue that USB sticks will be around for longer but at the expense of USB hard drives. Agreed about the cameras though. It'll be mobiles vs DSLR\high end cameras.

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    You're going to need quite a decent/healthy internet connection to stream a video in 4K (which some places now offer)!

    I think movies on a disc will be around for a while - DVDs are now more budget, with Blu-ray offering the best quality available. Plus (myself included), I like to own a film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    DVI is great, fantastic bandwidth, VGA is still around because many people will upgrade a PC but not a screen. Plus for analogue, the quality is superb!
    See this is what get's me about VGA - ITS PART OF THE DVI SPEC!!!! Old VGA monitors are supposed to work fine through DVI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    It's possible that both of these will be replaced by Thunderbolt in the coming years. It has phenomenal bandwidth.
    Yes very true! Lets just hope we're not restricted by 50cm long cables! As well as USB becoming faster, I think they'll start using USB mini (type B) as the standard. Many phones, Sat Navs and other devices already use it.

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