WinAmp. Aol and MSN messenger. GeoCities. Netscape. Encarta. The sound of floppies and hard drives and dial-up modems.
It's incredible how nostalgic some older tech can feel today. It was exciting to upgrade from Windows 98 or XP; now, their startup chimes can bring back memories of our earliest days of computing.
And some things actually were better in older tech. Adium let us pull all our chat messages together in one app, something that's sorely needed today where every app seemingly has its own chat feature.
What's the tech you miss the most, the apps you wish were still around or the features you wish had never been changed?
Here’s a silly one for me: Instagram’s map view. I used to take pictures every new location I visited—even if only in an airport, such as flying through Dubai en route to the States—so I’d have a little location pin in my Instagram map. Then they took the map away, and with that my motivation to post to Instagram. In the same vein, Facebook’s Paper app was a much nicer Facebook experience, as were the original time-based feeds in both Instagram and Facebook.
Another silly one is the 3D dock in macOS. That and the 3D, carefully designed icons made macOS feel so much more fun than the completion—as did the original iOS design, which had a sense of magic even if it does look a bit dated now. Newer iOS and macOS just haven’t recaptured that unique feel.
Really miss point-and-shoot cameras Canon cameras. Really made you think about whether the concert, bar, restaurant was something you wanted to enjoy in the moment versus livestreaming to your tiktok audience of 5.
I was going to say file search tools like Copernic and Enfish until I realized Copernic was still around. Now I'm going to have to go check it out. :)
Google Reader, Grooveshark, Delicious, Rdio, Yahoo Pipes, and many other services that disappeared. Pre-2010, the web was more personal and less dominated by Big Tech, Google Search had better results, and interoperability/mashups led to some great integrations.
Audiogalaxy. The original version. Unbelievably cool; social media, music, discovery . . . absolutely loved it.
We're currently looking at a few alternatives - https://getanalytics.io/ roll your own - https://rudderstack.com/ - https://www.freshpaint.io/ any experience with the above tools, other tools?
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