Top 10 Horribly Outdated Technologies That Are Still Used Today — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Horrible Outdated Technologies That
Are Still Used Today 10. Windows XP Despite the fact that Windows XP was released
in 2001, it’s still used on nearly 30% of all desktop computers in the world. While that wasn’t too much of a problem
as late as the first half of 2014, Microsoft has since stopped offering support for the
system. That means the software giant is no longer
providing security patches and fixes, leaving computers running Windows XP vulnerable to
attack. Microsoft has suggested that anyone running
the old operating system upgrade to a newer version to negate the risk, but it’s not
just desktop users that are at risk. What you may not know is that ATMs also have
an operating system beneath the bank’s own software. There are around 420,000 ATMs in the United
States, and almost all of them are still running Windows XP. This puts them at risk, too. Many banks are planning to upgrade to Windows
7, but the cost and time required to change each individual machine makes this a slow
process. 9. Floppy Disks Floppy disks are a relic of the 1980s when
users only ever had to save a few kilobytes of data. Today the technology has been replaced by
huge hard drives, CDs, USB flash drives, email and cloud storage that allow users to store
thousands of gigabytes of information. However, that hasn’t stopped floppy disks
from being in common use. Sony actually sold 12 million units in 2009
and they can still commonly be found in stores. The biggest buyers of these disks are businesses
that still use old computers that can only accept older storage mediums. Until they upgrade to newer and more expensive
hardware, they’re stuck using floppy disks. One of the biggest culprits in the United
States is The Federal Register. Documents can only be sent to other agencies
on certain types of media and upgrading to a secure email system is too expensive. This leaves government employees having to
scan documents, save them to floppy disks and send them by courier to their destination. 8. Dial-up Internet With high speed Internet access offered to
users all over the country it might come as a surprise to learn that there’s still a
significant number of people still using dial-up. But a study by the Pew Research Internet Project
showed that 2% of Americans use dial-up. That’s around five million people still
using modems to go online, often in rural areas. Another explanation shows that a huge proportion
of people who subscribe to AOL’s dial-up service don’t realize that they don’t
need it. Around 75% of subscribers to AOL have broadband
as well, but are unaware that they can cancel their dial-up service and still access the
Internet. These subscriptions amount for up to 80% of
AOL’s profits, which seems incredibly sketchy. 7. Dot Matrix Printers Those devices that would print noisily and
painfully slowly onto hole-studded paper aren’t as rare as you might imagine. First introduced over 40 years ago, they became
the standard printer for decades before being replaced by ink-jet and laser printers. Despite the new models being in common use,
dot matrix printers can still be found in a variety of businesses up and down the United
States. While they operate much more slowly than their
modern counterparts, they do offer some advantages that certain companies require to run smoothly. Their biggest feature is the fact that they
handle multi-part forms much more efficiently than laser or ink-jet printers. As they don’t make an impact to put the
ink on the paper, they can’t imprint on multiple sheets of paper at the same time. Furthermore, dot matrix printers can also
print on continuous paper rather than separate sheets. 6. VHS Tapes VHS tapes were once the bastion of home entertainment. It was a simpler time when family room shelves
were full of the clunky tapes and people would actually go to a store to rent videos. DVDs put an end to major film studios putting
their movies onto VHS tapes in 2005, and now services like Netflix and Hulu are putting
DVDs under pressure. Nevertheless, there’s still a large market
for VHS tapes. Over 50% of all Americans still have a VCR
according to research carried out in 2013, a drop from over 80% in 2005 but still relatively
high. Online stores like Amazon and Wal-Mart also
still sell blank tapes, suggesting that someone must be buying them. There’s also a large community in the United
States that still buys and rents VHS Tapes for their media needs. The New York Times reported on older immigrants
who preferred to watch their shows and movies on the tapes. 5. Magnetic Stripe Bank Cards Most Americans are probably still using magnetic
stripe debit and credit cards, which is incredibly outdated compared to the chip and PIN method
used by most of the rest of the western world. The magnetic stripe system is far less secure
— the large-scale theft of data from Target demonstrated this spectacularly earlier in
the year. In the United States customers who want to
purchase something with their card hand it to the cashier, who will swipe it and ask
for a signature. The magnetic stripe that allows the card to
be swiped is vulnerable to data being stolen very easily. Chip and PIN uses a much safer PIN to identify
the user and the cashier never has to touch the card, stopping them from being able to
swipe the card in a copying machine. Studies have shown that the embedded chip
can help cut fraud by up to 80%. Luckily, both Visa and Mastercard have pledged
to introduce the cards in the United States by the end of 2015. 4. Phones Books Phone books are something that everyone has
delivered to their door, yet with phone numbers able to be retrieved much quicker from a simple
online search they’ve become obsolete. Seven out of every 10 Americans either never
or very rarely use a phone book, making it something that the vast majority of people
simply don’t need. But in most of the United States and many
other countries they’re still delivered to the whole population. According to research carried out by the Iowa
Policy Research Organization, stopping the production of phone books would save five
million trees a year and significantly reduce the cost to dispose of the unwanted books. The research also reports that the vast majority
of people do not want a phone book at all, with just 2% of those asked by AT&T saying
they would like one delivered. The commonly proposed solution is to have
an opt-in program rather than opt-out. Those that want a phone book can ask for it
to be delivered rather than simply forcing the book on everyone. 3. Telegrams Telegrams were the dominant method of communication
for over a century before the advent of the telephone and later email, text messages and
instant messaging. They were even responsible for people trying
to create shorter and more concise messages, though Victor Hugo may have taken it too far
asking about his latest book sales by telegramming his publisher “?” who simply replied “!”. Although telegram companies such as Western
Union ceased their operations some time ago, there’s still a market for the service. The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom
all have their own commercial telegram services. However, they’re mainly seen as a way of
sending someone a novel or joke message for special events rather than a way to communicate. India operated a large telegram service that
sent up to 5,000 messages every day until it shut down in 2013. 2. Typewriters Now that almost everyone has access to a computer
of some sort, you might think that typewriters would have been consigned to the attic. That’s not entirely true though — typewriters
are still used by a significant number of writers in various fields. They’re useful in areas where an electricity
supply may be erratic, such as in India where court typists use them. Author Will Self revealed that he now writes
his first drafts on a typewriter. He claims that it forces the person to think
more about what they’re writing as they can’t simply delete a sentence and start
again. They also offer the ability to write without
the distractions of things like Facebook and Twitter. Even more bizarrely, typewriters are seeing
something of a revival in their use by government agencies. Both Russia and Germany have discussed using
typewriters to help avoid leaks and spying that’s made possible with computers and
laptops. 1. CRT Televisions The majority of people watching television
today will probably be doing so on a LCD or plasma set rather than an older CRT model. There are plenty of good reasons to upgrade,
including the fact that CRT TVs are huge and incredibly heavy, taking up lots of room and
making them difficult to move. But even with those disadvantages there’s
still a market for the bulky television sets. Some consumers in Asia and South America often
prefer CRT to plasma and LCD thanks to their low price. They’re also favored by some because they’re
better able to handle multiple resolutions and display color more accurately. The biggest draw is to competitive gamers,
who find it difficult to use modern televisions due to input lag. CRT TVs generally have a tiny amount of input
lag compared to plasma and LCD sets, something that’s hugely important in rhythm and fighting
games that demand high responsiveness.


  1. Pranav Shah said:


    June 30, 2019
  2. Leo Gonzalez said:

    what about Wristwatches?? ha

    June 30, 2019
  3. Mom Cat22 said:

    Whoa – hold on there – unhand that phone book! I'm a statuesque lady who requires that bright yellow tome to elevate the monitor to ensure optimum 90 / 90 posture! Thank you.

    June 30, 2019
  4. brensdaman 02 said:

    There's a reason for all of this… latest is not always greatest. This "old" technology has the longest lifespan than what new technology on the shelf has today. Windows 2000/Windows XP worked great!

    June 30, 2019
  5. Silver Gamer said:

    whats up with the picture puzzle transitions? Once or twice is OK. But to use it for every other picture is just lazy editing

    June 30, 2019
  6. Kaylee F said:

    Things like VHS, floppy discs, and older operating systems are popular with hobbyists. There's a whole bunch of yt videos made by enthusiasts who collect and use older technologies. Just look at channels like Techmoan, LGR, and The 8 Bit Guy.

    June 30, 2019
  7. oopsimdead said:

    lmao "many banks are planning on upgrading their ATMs… to windows 7". yea, lets jump from one horrible outdated operating system (as much as i love XP) to an almost as outdated operating system. my guess is it's easier to port windows xp software to windows 7? don't know why they don't switch to linux or even just windows 8.

    June 30, 2019
  8. blaine pond said:

    but did you know that most professional graphic artists still used the cathode ray tube monitor because it has unlimited pixel range there is not a flat panel monitor made today with unlimited pixel range

    June 30, 2019
  9. blaine pond said:

    Does anybody remember when they came out with an internet yellow pages

    June 30, 2019
  10. blaine pond said:

    I remember when the dot matrix printer came out that printed when the printhead went both directions and not just one direction but I also remember when the internet was basically nothing and it was only used for business purposes like 8 baud modems

    June 30, 2019
  11. Matthew Neathery said:

    technically we all use modems like i use a cable modem to go online you meant use phone line modems

    June 30, 2019
  12. Wheels Lifts said:

    #6, Too soon Simon! :,( why did you have to leave us blockbuster! Whyyyy

    June 30, 2019
  13. Ryan Ruggero said:

    Fun note on Floppy Disks: the vast majority of the US Minuteman ICBMs launch sites still use targeting software stored on floppy disks

    June 30, 2019
  14. TheJojo01902 said:


    June 30, 2019
  15. MSL209 said:

    Is this voiced by Simon Whistler?

    June 30, 2019
  16. franl155 said:

    I still, have, love and use XP – the pc I have it on isn't connected to the internet, so security problems are decreased. I'm visually impaired, and XP allows me to customise the display, background colours, text sizes etc, far better than the shite one I'm being forced to use on this pc. So far as I'm concerned, XP was never broke so there was no reason to fix it – apart from making even more billions by forcing people to buy newer, less disabled-friendly systems. and next year another, and the year after that, and that, and …

    June 30, 2019
  17. matteightytwo said:

    Five years later my employer still uses XP 💪

    June 30, 2019
  18. Cool Potato said:

    I’m watching on a graphical calculator

    June 30, 2019
  19. Oddman1980 said:

    You come across a lot of CNC machines where the control environment runs on XP.

    June 30, 2019
  20. Tj Nickles said:

    I still use my vcr to this day and I still use my old vhs camcoder to this day

    June 30, 2019
  21. 1987djm said:

    In Scotland and uk (i think) telephone books are no more ,last had one delivered 2 years ago and it was very think not like the old ones you could knock someone out with lol

    June 30, 2019
  22. George Secor said:

    What about telephone answering machines? I still have one connected to my landline that picks up all incoming calls, effectively screening out virtually all spammers, scammers, and other unwanted calls. If it's not convenient or possible for me to intercept the call, it dutifully records a message (i.e., free voice messaging, with no monthly charge).

    June 30, 2019
  23. Ronald said:

    #10 My computer for my stereo is a Windows XP laptop. But it has a separate Firewall / Virus scanner.

    June 30, 2019
  24. Michael Sharp said:

    Funny true story …. i was in BestBuy not that long ago and they had typewriters in the back of the computer aisle. A little girl, about 6 or 7 yes old, was shopping with her mom. She saw the typewriter, stopped, and asked her mother what it was. The mother explained it to her. The little girl stopped and thought for a minute. She then asked her mother …. "so you mean when you type the word it goes right on to the paper?" The mother said – "yes sweetie" The girl asked …. "so it doesn't go on the screen and you don't have to send it to the printer?" The mother again said – "no sweetie." The SEVEN YR OLD said …. "what a GREAT IDEA! That would be soooooo much easier that way!" I laughed all the way home. Lol

    June 30, 2019
  25. Jonathon Caldwell said:

    U rock dude.

    June 30, 2019

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