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9 Things that will Disappear in our Lifetime...

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  1. Ndallo

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    9 Things that will Disappear in our Lifetime...

    Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to
    them. But, ready or not, here they come.

    1. The Post Office:
    Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in
    financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term.
    Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed
    to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and

    2. The Cheque:
    Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It
    costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques.
    Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of
    the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never
    paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office
    would absolutely go out of business.

    3. The Newspaper:
    The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly
    don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of
    the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready
    to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused
    all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met
    with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model
    for paid subscription services.

    4. The Book:
    You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand
    and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music
    from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I
    discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving
    home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can
    browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy.
    And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the
    convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of
    the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what
    happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

    5. The Land Line Telephone:
    Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need
    it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But
    you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone
    companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no
    charge against your minutes

    6. Music:
    This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is
    dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading.. It's the lack
    of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would
    like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and
    the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music
    purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the
    public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the
    live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic
    further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve
    Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

    7. Television:
    Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the
    economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.
    And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the
    time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated
    down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are
    skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say
    good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out
    of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and
    through Netflix.

    8. The "Things" That You Own:
    Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but
    we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the
    cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures,
    music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can
    always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple,
    Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services."
    That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into
    the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied
    straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in
    the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud.
    And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this
    virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever
    from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you
    actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any
    moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable
    and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that
    photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out
    the insert.

    9. Privacy:
    If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would
    be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are
    cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your
    computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you
    are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google
    Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion
    profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try
    to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

    All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories".