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ComputerWorld has a list of the Top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills, though the list isn't necessarily in order.
1. COBOL (though they refused to capitalize it...)
2. Nonrelational DBMS (waits for comments from zarchasmpgmr)
3. Non-IP netowrks (because SNA, IPX, NetBEUI, and AppleTalk were just that great)
4. cc:Mail (never did like this)
5. ColdFusion (already?)
6. C programming ("It's not just C, it's C++!")
7. PowerBuilder (too mundane now?)
8. Certified NetWare Engineers (so much paper, so little talent)
9. PC network administrators (because a lot fo this gets outsourced anyway)
10. OS/2 (...but was it ever really alive?)

USA Today, in celebrating their 25 years of existance, listed the top 25 inventions that changed our lives since 1982, and this is in order. So in reverse...
25. Karaoke - Uhm... okay.
24. Home satellite TV - DirecTV and Dish Networks have brought gobs of channels to the public, forcing the cable industry to react.
23. Purell - easy, portable, and affordable santitizing solution
22. TiVo - OH YEAH. Totally changed the way I watch TV, and I'll never go back to being forced to watch TV at a particular time again.
21. StairMaster - Try to find a gym without one of these.
20. Disposable contacts - made contacts cheap and easy... for you punks that can wear soft lenses.
19. Big Bertha golf clubs - Changed the game or so I've heard
18. Online stock trading - No longer did you have to go to a stockbroker. You could lose your money directly.
17. High-tech footwear - ...especially for people who want to steal them?
16. Microwave popcorn - Burned Jiffy Pop no more!
15. PowerPoint - cause of many deaths. =)
14. Electronic tolls - Don't have to carry a roll of quarters anymore.
13. Flat-panel TVs - Where there's a wall, there can be a TV.
12. Doppler radar - Why The Weather Channel has celbrities
11. Digital cameras - Don't like it? Delete it and take it again.
10. Lettuce in a bag - You no longer are stuck with iceberg, coring it, rinsing it, draining it, and leafing it to make a salad.
9. Pay at the pump - Go inside to pay? Pschaw!
8. iPods - One of the factors that lead to the demise of Tower Records
7. Lithium rechargable batteries - We're no longer tied to AAs, D Cells, and others to have decent power to portable devices
6. DVDs - Will be old in 10 years or less, but the digital replacement of analog technology was great.
5. Caller ID - Who's calling?
4. Debit cards - From TFA refering from Visa's introduction of this in 1995, "Ten years later, debit card transactions exceeded those on credit cards."
3. BlackBerries - The first big push to integrate email and phone in an affordable price with ease of use.
2. Laptop computers - Computers on the go, where they used to take a floor of the building.
1. Cellphones - Lead to the death of pay phones, freeway call boxes, and peace and quiet.



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May. 24th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
USA Today's list:
25-Never done it, never will.
24-Can't do it, apartment rule.
23-I've had a Purell moment or two
22-Used our cable system's DVR but that's it.
21-see 25.
20-Can't wear contacts.
19-Haven't played golf in years.
18-Don't trade stocks.
17-Just give me comfy shoes.
16-I hate popcorn.
15-I also hate Powerpoint
14-What, screwdrivers with computerchips?
13-Way too expensive.
12-OK, that saves lives.
11-I use one just about every day at work.
10-I hate lettuce.
9-Very useful, especially with No. 4.
8-Never owned one, don't expect to.
7. I guess but I couldn't identify one if I saw it.
6. It's just another way to get us to buy the same old stuff.
5. I don't care except if it's my wife's family, and I can hand the phone to her without having to talk to them.
4. Very handy, but they lead to more spending.
3. Never owned one, don't want to.
2. I don't have a lap.
1. I hate them. Had one for a while, but not any more. Only useful for calling for roadside help.
May. 25th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
14. Okay, I typoed. Fixed.
1. My wife has one for this purpose. We literally have a twenty minute anytime plan for that phone. When we got a new phone last year, the people at the store were shocked to see that low of a plan.
May. 24th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I read that article this morning. Author doesn't have a clue. C? ColdFusion? COBOL?

Lots of the so-called "lack of interest" can be laid at the feet of universities. Companies are going to colleges and say "We need you to teach COBOL! U sendz dummiez 2 r biznesses!

I can see non-RDBMses, but every once in a while I see new stuff going to IMS, IDMS, ADABAS, because of the speed.

cc:Mail? That's still around?
May. 25th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
I learned COBOL and SNA at Cal Poly Pomona. I learned them not because they had a lot of practical use even in the early 90's, but because through them I learned the basics of structured programming and networking, respectively.

The irony that I would be hired on at a company to support a COBOL based application that used APPC to talk to a mainframe didn't escape my attention.
May. 25th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
At least APPC and SNA are (finally) dying. *g*

I went to CPP for a really crappy quarter.
May. 24th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)

That's got to be the longest, slowest death ever. My COBOL professor always said that there was just too much written in it for it to really die.
May. 25th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
True that.


We still have some COBOL code in a critical application at work...
May. 25th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
COBOL will never die.

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