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30 Outdated Problems That No One Today Relates To Anymore

The types of problems we deal with depend on the times we live in. 15 years ago, something as small as it taking forever to download a file on the internet or watching the Red Ring of Death appear on your Xbox 360 could ruin your day. But these problems simply disappeared with time because trends and technology have changed so much.

Read on for a list of problems most of us faced way back in school that almost nobody cares about now—from scratched CDs to your iPod running out of juice (which is still a problem for me personally). Scroll down, upvote your faves, and let us know in the comments which of these problems were the most annoying for you.

Tech has changed loads in the last decade and a half. Think about just how important smartphones are in our lives right now: you no longer need a separate cell phone and MP3 player. What’s more, the internet for your phone is incredibly cheap nowadays. I think that nobody’s nostalgic about the prices of mobile internet in the mid-2000s.

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Rabbit Carrot 8 hours agoYes, and if you were lucky you wouldn’t break a toe or trip over the sofa cushions some dope had put on the floor for their seats.

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Jo Choto 10 hours agoEven though it wasn’t that long ago, it’s amazing how rapidly our expectations have changed. Now I get frustrated if a page doesn’t load in the first second.

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Kids these days will never know the struggle.

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Rabbit Carrot 8 hours agoYeah and phones would only hold tiny amounts of messages so you’d agonise over which ones to delete.

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Meanwhile, most of us can no longer wrap our heads around activities like renting a movie at your local store (instead of turning on Netflix) or waiting for 9 PM to call somebody because it’s cheaper that way (instead of calling them whenever we want because calls are cheap).

Whether we like it or not, the world and tech are changing faster and faster around us. Entrepreneur Peter Diamandis told The Guardian that the pace of tech innovation is about to accelerate. A lot.

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Mark 8 hours agoUsed to use a program call “Getright” a download manager that you could pause and then resume downloads with, even days later, godsend of the dial-up era!

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Removing the faceplate of your car stereo so it wouldn’t get stolen

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Alex K 10 hours agowell i still do… but then i drive a 90s car?

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Having to wait for your disposable camera pictures to develop only to find out you ruined them with your thumb

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Karen Fernley 10 hours agoMy sister does this or if not, she chops your head off when taking your photo. Sometimes, she does both

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“I can palpably feel how fast things are changing and that the rate of change is accelerating. In the next 10 years, we’re going to reinvent every industry on this planet, but the change is one that is for the benefit of masses, whether it’s in longevity or food or banking,” Diamandis said.

“Communication networks, sensors, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and AI are all exponentially improving. But they are also being interweaved and converging: for example, AI with robotics,” he explained.

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Rabbit Carrot 8 hours agoYes and it took about a year to load and when it did load it was expensive so you’d try and press ‘end’ but you’d get that ‘connecting’ sign for like 10 minutes so you’d have to pull the battery out. Frustrating.

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Flisey 10 hours agoI loved doing this with error boxes!

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C G 7 hours ago (edited)What about BEFORE MapQuest? I remember when driving from state to state my mom would pull out her big US map book and we’d just start in the general direction of wherever we were headed. As soon as we crossed a state line, we’d stop at the rest stop/visitor’s center and pick up a few more detailed updates maps. My mom would study them and plan the next part of our journey while my brother and I ate candy and played in the grass or looked at the cool vistas. Those are some really great memories.

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The entrepreneur gave some examples of what we can expect to see in the next decade, such as car ownership being a thing of the past and AI taking care of your shopping. Meanwhile, we might even be trying on new clothes in the mall with the help of Virtual Reality! It all sounds scary and exhilarating at the same time, don’t you think?

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Jo Choto 10 hours agoI had totally forgotten that!

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi 8 hours agoThe first cd i burned took all day, in a 2x burner, on a 486 pc. Windows 98 smh

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Amber Cook 10 hours agoHaha! I still have all of mine!

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Wottermehlon Doge 5 hours agoDADDYS LITTLE PSYCHO BITCH

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Rabbit Carrot 8 hours agoNah, rolled up piece of paper or a cigarette filter did the job just as well.

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tuzdayschild 5 hours agoSaturday morning…Ginsu Knives then Scooby Doo.

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elia 84631 9 hours agoLomography is the spiritual evolution of this

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Having to push buttons up to 3 times to get the letter you wanted.

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Salted Caramel 8 hours agoI could type faster on these though.

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Rabbit Carrot 8 hours agoThis can still happen. Blu-Ray disks have such stupid disk holders in their cases that you have no option but to handle the disk. Grrrr.

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Les🐝an 7 hours agoThat is not an old thing

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Today’s kids will never understand the struggle of trying to maintain coolness after the song you were singing to on your cd started skipping

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Mark 8 hours agoAnti skip as in a buffer in the unit that held several seconds of the track playing so you could use it while running, not anti skip as in preventing damaged discs from skipping.

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LottieH 7 hours agoOr the Dj would interrupt near the end.

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Burning a CD and seeing these words

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Lyop 10 hours agoDamnit!! Rub rub rub (stop, exhale on it for moisture) rub rub. Insert, wait, pray………disc error. Noooooooo. Repeat.

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BrandX Nunya 6 hours agoI miss going to the video store

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Esca Sav 7 hours agoI still do this since it is free

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Farmville requests

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Mark 8 hours agoRather have Farmville than Candy Crush!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 6 hours agoA lot of these are 90’s problems, too.

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RJ 7 hours agoOh really? That’s handy. I should try that.

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Martti Laurson 8 hours agoI had the same one and broke the same way. Broken like Armstrong’s career.

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Jeff Requier 7 hours agoi used secret sites that were invite only. no viruses

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Getting hit on the ankle by a razor scooter.

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JessG 7 hours agoThis is not an old thing tho

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Universität Stuttgart Uses Robotics and Biomimicry to Create an Outdoor Event Pavillion

Researchers from Universität Stuttgart in Germany look to a sea creature and advanced digital timber-fabrication methods to construct an event pavilion called Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show.

A group of 18 researchers and craftsmen led by Universität Stuttgart professors Jan Knippers, a structural engineer, and Achim Menges, an architect contributed to the project. “A biomimetic approach to architecture enables interdisciplinary thinking,” says Menges.

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Buga Wood Pavilion took 13 months to develop, and 17,000 robotically milled finger joints and 2 million lines of custom robotic code to build.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

To create the Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show in nearby Heilbronn, Germany, researchers at Universität Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction and its Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design developed a robotic-manufacturing platform to CNC-cut geometric panels and form a segmented timber shell.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Composed of spruce laminate, a rubber waterproofing layer, and a larch plywood exterior, the individual segments were fabricated at Müllerblaustein Holzbauwerke, a local workshop. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Working on boom lifts, craftsmen assembled the structure on-site over 10 days. 

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The 376 segments were joined via steel bolts. 

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The pavilion’s form is based on the exoskeleton of the sea urchin. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Buga’s form echoes the surrounding land­scape of  Sommerinsel, one of the 15 sites that the biennial Bundesgarten­schau takes place this year. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

The combination of spruce, rubber, and larch plywood make the installation acoustically sound. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Fully assembled, the pavilion spans 104 feet and reaches 23 high.

Photography by Roland Halbe.

It is hosting concerts, lectures, and workshops through October 6, when it will be disassembled for future use. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

LEDs illuminate the shell at night. 

> See more from the July 2019 issue of Interior Design

Arktura Brings the Outside in With Earth-Friendly Acoustical Fittings

When Los Angeles design and fabrication firm Arktura started working with Partners by Design Chicago on Mead Johnson Nutrition’s Chicago office, they had a challenging task to accomplish. The client, a major manufacturer of baby formula, wanted an acoustical ceiling installation that not only attenuated sound across its 61,660-square-foot office, but also one that communicated their brand’s mission to nourish children around the world. Oh, and it had to be earthy-friendly, too. The company’s new headquarters in the Windy City sits at the intersection of the north, south, and east branches of the Chicago River. Arktura took that watery influence and ran with it, expediting the development and launch of its Soft Sound Wood Finish product, a PET-based, fully recyclable acoustical material that mimics wood grain. The firm installed the material using a custom application of its Atmosphera Analog 3D ceiling system, an attachment system of morphing fins and baffles. Using these two products in concert, Arktura echoed the soft undulations of the Chicago river across the large office space, resulting in a beautifully designed, high-performance sound attenuation ceiling system that made the connection between water, a symbol of life, and Mead Johnson’s mission statement. 

Interior Design sat down with Sebastian Muñoz, Arktura’s director of project design and development, to learn more about the particulars of this exacting project.

Arktura’s Atmosphera ceiling systems are 95% open in plan to accommodate a wide range of building systems and lighting. Photography courtesy of Arktura. 

Interior Design: What was your approach to the Mead Johnson Nutrition project? 

Sebastian Muñoz: The client was really drawn to the site’s natural surroundings and location, and they wanted to use a natural palette. Our approach was to incorporate the organic movements of water with another natural, but more inflexible element: wood. We wanted to marry the fluid, flexible image of water with the warmth and sturdiness of wood. 

Interior Design: What was the biggest design challenge?

SM: The most difficult part was actually the most fun part. Getting all the little details to fit together just right can get complicated when you are coordinating with a lot of different people on a project. Having a great team made that part achievable. 

The client used Arktura’s Graphic Perf process to create the stairway’s aluminum guardrails and the brand logo behind reception. Photography courtesy of Arktura.

Interior Design: What does this project represent in Arktura’s overall profile?

SM: The Mead Johnson Nutrition headquarters showcases how we are constantly pushing ourselves in terms of R&D and manufacturing. We used Soft Sound Wood Finish for the first time for this project, which is also completely new to the architectural industry. I’m very proud of the level of R&D we pushed through, especially for such a high-profile space. 

A custom pattern of perforations in the guardrails reiterates the client’s desire for natural elements in the design by allowing sunlight to filter into the office. Photography courtesy of Arktura.

Interior Design: What design problems does your product solve in the Mead Johnson Nutrition project?

SM: From a performance standpoint, our aim for this product was to create a pleasant acoustically treated space. When someone is standing a floor below, talking to a colleague, and the room responds well acoustically, they shouldn’t even notice what’s going on—it should just sound and feel natural. That means our product is working very well. 

Arktura’s integration of aerospace-level engineering and design expertise into its products makes projects like Mead Johnson Nutrition stand out. Photography courtesy of Arktura.

Interior Design: What’s next for Arktura?

SM: We’ve expanded our manufacturing team to increase the scope of our capabilities, including our use of robotics. We’re also expanding our range of custom services. We just finished seven sports stadium canopies at Orange County Great Park, in Irvine, CA, one of the largest sports facilities in the country.

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