What is your most outdated device?

Yahoo News recently asked some of the best technology writers in the world spill the beans on the most outdated gadgets they still own.

Our most outdated gadget is our television, a 42-inch Toshiba projection television from 2002. It’s a behemoth. Tall, deep and wide, it takes up an enormous chunk of real estate in our back room.

Even worse, it’s standard definition (keeping my friends from ever coming over the house to watch sports) and isn’t equipment to  connect to the Internet for streaming purposes. Instead, we continue to receive our Netflix subscription by mail in the form of DVDs.


The only other television in the house is in our bedroom. It’s a 27-inch tube television that is at least 15 years old.

I’d like to purchase a new television that’s equipped for this century, but my problem is twofold:

1. My old television works just fine, and my wife and I watch less than an hour of television a day on average. It’s difficult to justify the purchase of something we use so infrequently.

2. We are always thinking about moving to a slightly bigger home, and I’m afraid that the television we purchase will be too large or too small for the room that it might someday occupy. 

So we wait.

We will either move to a new house and leave this monstrosity of a television behind, or it will finally stop working, forcing me to finally purchase a new one.

For now, my television remains a relic of a time when the only means of bringing a television signal into your home was through a cable box, and flat screen TVs could only be found in science fiction movies.