Zombie Technologies

Some ďobsoleteĒ tech that is no longer used perhaps should be (Iíve written about it) because they were better in some respects than newer replacements, but there are some other obsolete technologies that no longer serve a useful purpose, some remaining among the near dead, some almost comatose and some screaming in fear.
The steering wheel, brake pedal, and throttle control are screaming in fear. They only have twenty or thirty years left. When theyíre gone, good riddance! But the tech isnít quite there yet, although the clutch has died a quiet death.
The near dead is the home phone. I havenít had one in over fifteen years, but my ninety year old mom who uses her cell phone like we used to use pay phones when they still existed (and had a reason to exist) still has one. Call her cell and you get no answer. I knew a few other, but very few, all wedded to the past. I had a grandpa who refused to use the toilet my uncle installed in the bathroom he built, always using the outhouse.
The home phone is dead. But it still writhes.
Then we have cable and satellite TV. They became endangered when TV became digital.
When they were young (to me, meaning when I first met them) they were great. No snow, no ghosts, no static in the sound. Plus, you got half a dozen more channels, including HBO, for ten bucks. The cable channels either didnít have commercials, or only had them between shows. Most cable channels didnít censor out vulgarity.
There were educational channels, like Discovery and The History Channel. There was the rock channel, MTV, that played music videos.
It gradually changed. Commercials started appearing, and now they show commercials at the bottom of the screen while the actual content is running. MTV stopped playing music videos and started showing stupid reality shows. Discovery stopped showing science and technology and started showing stupid reality shows. The History Channel stopped showing history and started showing stupid reality shows.
More channels were added, none anyone in their right mind would watch, like the four or five shopping channels. So many sports channels were added that the ďsportsĒ channels started showing pool, poker, and even chess, despite the fact that those games arenít sports. And the price kept rising to the point that the cable bill cost more than the phone bill or the trash bill.
Then television went digital. The number of over the air channels tripled or quadrupled. Ghosts, snow, and audio static were banished. Now, instead of cable giving a better picture than over the air, itís reversed. Almost all cable channels are standard definition with none offering better than 720, while the same channels over the air are in 1080.
There was no longer any reason to have cable, unless you were a Nascar fan, but now even Nascar fans can watch the races with Nascarís TV app. And it got worse for cable. Netflix started streaming for about ten bucks a month with a plethora of excellent shows and movies, without commercials, and uncut, for about ten bucks a month, a little over a tenth of the cost of cable. Their highest pricing tier offers 4K content.
But a lot of people (Iím guessing Nascar fans that havenít heard of streaming boxes) still have cable. When will this zombie die?


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