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Some might say that the Disney stories of our youth are old tales that belong in the past. Well graphic designer and illustrator,
Tom Ward, has created a series of images to show the world exactly why…it may be a good thing if they weren’t brought up to date.

11 Modern Technologies That Are Way Older Than You Think

By , from Cracked.com

For a long time, we’ve been able to pride ourselves on the fact that we’re smarter than our primitive ancestors. Sure, they made fire and the wheel and invented language, or whatever, but we brought technology.

Turns out a lot of our most technologically sophisticated inventions were already invented, which does nothing but remind us how useless we are.
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#11.           iPod

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Believed to have been invented in…

In 2001, if you are a die hard Mac fan. Or 1997, if you are aware cheaper MP3 players existed before Steve Jobs figured out people would pay twice as much to hear their pirated songs on the bus if the MP3 player looked like the bastard son of Eve from Wall-E and a pocket calculator.

Actually Invented in…

In 1979, Kane Kramer and his friend, James Campbell, came up with the idea of a portable music player the size of a cigarette box. The music player baptized as the IXI System stored music digitally in a chip and had a display screen and buttons to navigate it.

They even built five prototypes they showed potential investors. Wow! That sounds amazing! So they sold it, became gazillionaires and everybody listened to ABBA songs they downloaded with their Ataris, right? Well, no, obviously not.

The IXI had one big problem: It only had enough memory for three and a half minutes of music, which does screw you up if you had your heart set on carrying “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” anywhere you went. And how were you supposed to get your music files back in the decades before Napster?

Since almost nobody had computers in those days, Kramer suggested putting terminals in music stores, connected via telephone with a central music server so users could buy and download their music at the store. Keep in mind we’re talking about 1979 phone modems, which means Kramer’s idea also involved people bringing their own tent and enough food for camping for two months while they downloaded “Funky Town.”

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