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Oct 20, 2005, 08:52 AM
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grapes911
Oct 20, 2005, 09:11 AM
I can probably think of 5 inventions that changed life much more than these. Although, I love my E-Z Pass, TiVo, and iPod.

shamino
Oct 20, 2005, 07:22 PM
Let's see... The five inventions that have changed my life...

1: The microwave oven. I hate having to cook, so anything that speeds up the process is great in my book.

2: PDAs. Far more than iPods or cell phones. I used to carry a small address book in my wallet, and a lot of scraps of paper with all kinds of notes. Now, all that junk is in the trash, replaced with a single electronic device that hangs off of my belt. And as an added bonus, I have installed several e-books and games.

3: Pay-at-the-pump. Not having to deal with incompetant gas station attendants has done a lot to improve my sanity. Not to mention that it's a bit faster, since I don't have to wait behind everybody else on line.

4: VCRs. Especially timer-recording. I don't have to adjust my schedule to the whims of the TV networks in order to watch what I want to watch. PVRs do the same thing even better, but I don't own one of them so they haven't affected my life yet.

5: Broadband and the internet. All the information in the world (much of it incorrect, sadly) at my fingertips, available 24/7. And at speeds where even things like videos are useable.

zelmo
Oct 20, 2005, 08:08 PM
Hmmm. Off the top of my head:

1. Cell phones. like 'em or hate 'em, they have totally changed the way people communicate.

2. The internet. Wow. I think you have to have grown up without it to understand how much it has changed the way we interact with and learn about the world. Thanks, Al. ;)

3. Microprocessor/computer. How else could I be discussing this with all you fine people?

4. & 5. Inkjet and ablative laser technologies. I'm a printer, and these two pieces of tech have done more to revolutionize my world than anything else I can think of.

SPUY767
Oct 21, 2005, 02:37 PM
While I'm sad that the iPod fell in place behind the zipper, you folks are missing the point of the article. Cell phones and computers are huge inventions with massive infrastructures build to support them. Items that this article describes are seeming insignificant inventions that we overlook, but are nonetheless a huge part of our lives.

Lacero
Oct 21, 2005, 03:05 PM
1. The Toilet
2. The Telephone
3. The Transistor
4. The TV
5. The Teleportation Device (BT-9000)

roadbloc
Apr 3, 2011, 05:48 AM
My TARDIS is the only invention that has changed my life.

scottgroovez
Apr 3, 2011, 05:54 AM
I can't even remember or imagine life before mobile phones and the internet. Not sure if that's a good thing, but I'd not do without these days.

iVeBeenDrinkin'
Apr 3, 2011, 05:56 AM
Do I have to name 5 right now? The bicycle has changed my life.

jake4ever
Apr 5, 2011, 07:35 PM
Personally, the cell phone.

johnnyturbouk
Apr 5, 2011, 07:44 PM
:apple: ipod
:apple: cell phone *iphone
:apple: pc *MBP
:apple: broadband + wifi
:apple: electricity to power all my :apple: gadgets :D

Dock Status
Apr 5, 2011, 11:27 PM
6 on Top will be released soon. I had a chance to use this concept and it will change the way we look at time. Time is one of our most precious commodities and this invention will change the way we manage it.

Shaneuk
Apr 6, 2011, 01:28 PM
Skateboard.
Cameras.
Computer
The Wheel.

Kilamite
Apr 7, 2011, 07:35 AM
- Condoms
- Alcohol
- The game of golf
- Television
- Computers

Pultost
Apr 7, 2011, 08:04 AM
1. Spectacles - i am nearly blind without
2. Camera - The ability to capture a moment or a mood
3. Macintosh Classic - Saved me from DOS
4. Internet - Gave me alle the music i wanted and Wikipedia
5. Artificial Hip - Without i would been crippled

rdowns
Apr 7, 2011, 08:25 AM
Thread necros. What prompted this resurrection?

xUKHCx
Apr 7, 2011, 08:31 AM
Thread necros. What prompted this resurrection?

A spammer bought this thread back from the dead (which has been deleted) and now others have started posting too.

rdowns
Apr 7, 2011, 08:36 AM
A spammer bought this thread back from the dead (which has been deleted) and now others have started posting too.

Thanks, pretty much what I figured.

Kilamite
Apr 7, 2011, 09:19 AM
Thread necros. What prompted this resurrection?

Had no idea of the date until you said that. Assumed it was a new post!

roadbloc
Apr 7, 2011, 10:41 AM
I rarely look at post dates. And I think it shows.

SamWilson
Apr 7, 2011, 11:31 AM
the iPod nano 3rd gen is the only ipod to have, why?
fits in the pocket easily
durable
easy to use
:apple::):apple:

b0blndsy
Apr 8, 2011, 06:27 AM
Phones
Movies/Music
Jets
Internet

someone28624
Apr 16, 2011, 02:07 PM
I didn't check the date til I saw someone praising the PDA.

Tomorrow
Apr 20, 2011, 02:25 PM
My five:

Agriculture
Refrigeration
Combustion engine
Plumbing
Electricity

ratzzo
Apr 20, 2011, 08:38 PM
I didn't check the date til I saw someone praising the PDA.

lol, +1. I was like, err... okay? And not until I read 'necro' did I understand. :p

AppleMacDudeG4
Apr 29, 2011, 06:00 PM
1. The Internet since it makes it possible to do research right from home without the need to go to a library and then having to go through a card file system to find the information I want

2. Computers for their ability to store, retrieve, and organize my personal information in one central location as opposed to having to place information in boxes and having to remember which box I need fir a certain piece of information

3. Smart phones for their ability to store my important contact and being able to contact them with the push of a button. No more need for a land line of a phone book where sometimes the phone number written down would be hard to read.

4. DVDs for their ability to allow me to watch movies without the tedious forwarding or reversing of a video tape. With the DVD playback program on my Apple computers, they can record where on the disc one of my favorite sections of a movie is and I can give the section a name so that I remember which part that was.

5. My iPad since it is one of my favorite devices for browsing the Internet and playing games.

torbjoern
Apr 29, 2011, 06:25 PM
- Water closets
- The Internet
- Portable computers
- Smartphones
- WLAN

rtheb
Apr 30, 2011, 10:39 AM
The resurrection is probably Easter related! :D

tenshin5426
May 1, 2011, 06:31 AM
- the moonwalk
- rally cars
- the internet
- george foreman grill
- intel based macs that run windows lol

mrkjsn
May 6, 2011, 01:24 PM
1. iPhone or PDA in general
2. GPS
3. Internet
4. WiFi
5. Social Networking

FroMann
May 20, 2011, 03:11 PM
Medicine
The Personal Computer
The Internet
The PlayStation
The iPod

ombrenelcielo
May 20, 2011, 03:55 PM
Electricity
Running water
Planes
Personal Computer
Digital Communication

macbwizard
May 22, 2011, 07:27 AM
Indoor plumbing
Manned Flight
The internal combustion engine
The internet
The lightbulb

warcom
May 24, 2011, 02:37 AM
In no paticular order!

And very 'geek' orientated to obviously.


Wireless
iPhone
Bluetooth
ADSL
Tera byte Storage

- Paul.

ChristianJapan
May 24, 2011, 07:36 AM
1) washlet / Toto
2) Aircraft
3) Computer&Internet
4) Wheel
5) Fridge

frjonah
May 25, 2011, 09:19 AM
3: Pay-at-the-pump. Not having to deal with incompetant gas station attendants has done a lot to improve my sanity. Not to mention that it's a bit faster, since I don't have to wait behind everybody else on line.


They haven't invented this in New Jersey yet... or, perhaps more accurately, they invented it and then banned it, for reasons of the government always knowing what we need better than we do. It sounds like it would be wonderful, though... :rolleyes:

iAndrea
May 25, 2011, 09:56 AM
1. The Internet since it makes it possible to do research right from home without the need to go to a library and then having to go through a card file system to find the information I want


Speaking of that, check out Overdrive Media App. It let's you borrow ebooks from thousands of libraries just like hard cover books. You might not always need the whole book but what a resource!

And great for casual readers and bookworms like me :o

sixfoot
May 25, 2011, 05:05 PM
1) Internet
2) Contact lenses
3) LASIK
4) Laptop
5) I-pod

Blues003
May 27, 2011, 06:42 AM
1. Bipedism
2. Fire
3. Language
4. Math
5. Pen n' Paper

>_>

django696
May 27, 2011, 09:34 AM
The Thermos...you put something cold in it and it stays cold, if you put something hot it stays hot... HOW DO IT KNOW?????

kppolich
Jun 10, 2011, 03:54 AM
silicon based chips
food fryer
penicillin (is this an invention?)
linoleum
Plastic

Ktscheinqe
Jun 10, 2011, 04:53 AM
5: Broadband and the internet. All the information in the world (much of it incorrect
- CITE!?


:p

Ktscheinqe
Jun 10, 2011, 05:19 AM
While I'm sad that the iPod fell in place behind the zipper, you folks are missing the point of the article. Cell phones and computers are huge inventions with massive infrastructures build to support them. Items that this article describes are seeming insignificant inventions that we overlook, but are nonetheless a huge part of our lives.
tillage
paint
electrical insulation
rodent traps
anesthesiology/'painkillers'

actually, the article's 5 (and ours) prove the opposite of the premise that there are hugely significant, seemingly insignificant (and discretely identifiable) inventions.

for example, Before the Ipod (< 0BI), muggers already mugged people, and incautious pedestrians already walked into traffic.

RonPrice
Jun 16, 2011, 03:38 AM
Oral speech. i.e. vocabulary more than grunts
Written speech
Gutenburg Press
Technology from the wheel
..............to 21st century stuff

iVeBeenDrinkin'
Jun 16, 2011, 03:41 AM
B
E
E
R
Apple

Open Your Eyes
Jun 16, 2011, 06:42 AM
Are you guys sure that this thread shouldn't have been titled: "Top 5 inventions that RUINED your life" ? Did any of these Change my life? Hell No !!
Are any of these necessary? Hell No !!
And it is not inventions that change the world, it is the ideas that do !!
If i had to choose the 5 IDEAS that changed the world, i'd go:
-Schools/ universities/ learning
-Mathematics
-General Relativity
-Life and health studies
-The personal computer

But when apple fanboys make their lists, Apple always gets their share of the prize!

vincenz
Jun 16, 2011, 05:06 PM
B
E
E
R
Apple

Living up to your name I see :eek:

iVeBeenDrinkin'
Jun 18, 2011, 12:00 PM
Living up to your name I see :eek:

Always

CSCalciano
Jun 20, 2011, 01:18 PM
1. Cheesburgers.
2. Double cheesburgers
3. Bacon cheesburgers
4. Chicken nuggets
5. Doctors to keep me alive after eating that

ratzzo
Jun 20, 2011, 01:22 PM
Not in a specific order of relevance or importance

1. Internet
2. Medicine
3. Electricity
4. Motor
5. Wireless Frequencies (telephone, 1.2.3.4G, WiFi, remotes, GPS..)

cffry
Jun 20, 2011, 01:23 PM
1. Probably the internet- the free exchange (even if it's being monitored) of information at any time of the day is an amazing thing.
2. The iPod, because prior to owning one I had to listen to whatever CD the driver had in the car. Because of this, I've grown to hate Echo and the Bunnymen with a passion.
3. UNIX, for providing a system that doesn't crash every few hours.
4. Journalism, for fighting for free exchange of information and journalistic integrity before the internet.
5. Zippers, for destroying buttons in shirts and such because I find them immensely annoying.

mikelegacy
Jun 22, 2011, 03:10 AM
1: the invention of the sport of hockey.
2: the computer
3: OBEY clothing
4: cell phones (iPhone)
5: tablet pc's (iPad)

sdawgisinthebui
Jun 22, 2011, 07:03 PM
1. HD TV
2. iPhone
3. Wireless internet.
4. Apps
5. Netflix INstant streaming

RedRaven571
Jun 27, 2011, 11:08 AM
1: the invention of the sport of hockey.

NICE!!

I would rank, as equally important, the sport of rugby.

2. the flush toilet (and indoor plumbing in general).
3. contraception.
4. HDTV (with surroundsound).
5. computers (especially macs).

AppleDApp
Jun 29, 2011, 11:09 PM
Electricity
Internet
AC or heating depending where you live
Industrialization
Globolization

BarryChuckle
Jul 3, 2011, 09:49 AM
Computers
Internet
Sliced Bread
Programming
Games consoles

samantha89
Jul 4, 2011, 06:32 AM
Headphones
Internet
mp3 and divx
Mobile Phone
Cooking Owen :P

RichardBeer
Jul 4, 2011, 02:23 PM
1. Computing
2. Printing Press
3. Reformation/Scientific Revolution
4. Electricity
5. Internet

dontwalkhand
Jul 6, 2011, 01:34 AM
1. The Mac- for allowing me to compute, and access the wonderful thing called the internet.
2. The Internet- for allowing information to be exchanged freely, and gives Invention #1, The Mac, Life.
3. The iPhone (cell phones in general)- for allowing me to communicate with my friends, family, and colleagues without having to wait for them to get to a phone, and vice versa. Also, apps, apps, and apps!
4. The iPod- For there had not been an iPod, there would be no iPhone.
5. UNIX- If there was no UNIX, Mac OS would be still based off of OS9 coding...

Arelunde
Jul 6, 2011, 05:10 PM
1. - ELECTRICITY - without which we would be dead in the water
2. - Computers and smartphones - different sizes of the same thing
3. - Internet - puts the world in front of you
4. - Automobiles
5. - Aircraft

iansilv
Jul 6, 2011, 07:01 PM
1. - ELECTRICITY - without which we would be dead in the water
2. - Computers and smartphones - different sizes of the same thing
3. - Internet - puts the world in front of you
4. - Automobiles
5. - Aircraft

Electricity in the water will kill you!

OK:

1. Porsche 911
2. Breast enlargement surgery
3. The iPhone
4. The Internet
5. Female contraceptive (the pill)

.... ok sarcasm detectors should be going nuts right now...

morgan111
Jul 11, 2011, 05:31 AM
While those conveniently located gas stations are great, take a few extra minutes to drive east or west to get cheaper gas. With today's gas prices, you will be happy you did.












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nate13
Jul 12, 2011, 02:09 PM
1. Language (English, German, C++...)
2. Mechanically assisted transportation (Gary Fisher, BMW)
3. Electronic Communication standards (WiFi, GSM, CDMA)
4. Apple Products post 2003 (Simplicity, Usability, Reliability)
5. Electricity (Macro, Micro, Nano, Switches, Frequency)
*6. Using the Human Body Effectively (Vibram 5 fingers, Good nutrition, Heathcare!)
:D

Okay, and a Personal 3D printer would be pretty cool...