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How many of these once everyday items have you forgotten about?

The slew of new devices over the past 100 years means we’ve had to say goodbye to some items that were once staples in many people’s lives.

The floppy disk, in all its 1.44MB 3½ inch glory.
The floppy disk, in all its 1.44MB 3½ inch glory.
Image: jepoirrier via Flickr

THE ITEMS YOU use in your day to day life are probably very different to what you used ten years ago.

Devices which were commonplace are being swept away in the whirdwind that is the Internet, and the connectivity, smart devices, and media-on-demand which it brings.

While VHS tapes can now safely be resigned to the history books, the concept of physically renting a film could be next. Video rental shops are facing serious difficulties, with Xtra Vision entering into receivership only to be bought by Hilco.

Telephone boxes, once the only way to call home to tell your mammy that you’ve missed the bus, are rapidly vanishing. Their disappearance has even been documented.

Have a look at these common items the noughties killed off, or at least severely ruffled the feathers of. Do you still use any of them? Did we forget anything?

How many of these once everyday items have you forgotten about?
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  • Physical photographs

  • Backing up your data on floppies or CDs.

    Source: jepoirrer via Flickr
  • Dial-up Internet

  • Renting Films

  • Standalone GPS devices

  • Newspaper Classifieds

  • The landline phone

  • Public telephone boxes

  • Physical maps

  • PDAs

  • VCRs

  • Phone books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias

  • Paper

  • CDs

  • Getting bills in the post

  • Alarm clocks

  • Fax machines

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