Big Markets for Outsourcing Coding


In the early 2000’s outsourcing was a very negative word that meant people were losing their jobs in the US. Today outsourcing doesn’t have the same meaning it did back then. Outsourcing can mean hiring freelancers to handle projects instead of adding additional workloads to your existing employees.

One of the biggest market for outsourcing has been in India. They have more skilled people each year capable of working remotely and that meet companies needs for IT work, like coding. Indian IT graduates are usually proficient in their English and provide low cost for high demand requirements when it comes to coding.

Freelance coders from India are able to handle much of the work sent to them by their US clients, there are definitive impacts outsourcing has had on the global economy.

India’s Competitive Advantage

When you think about paying for a coder $6.80 USD per hour it might seem shocking, considering the US federal minimum wage is $7.25! However India has a lower cost of living. This lower cost of living with the globalization of freelance coding gives India a direct advantage over doing business with other business in the states or in Europe. It costs less to get coding work done remotely in India versus domestically.  

Outsourcing Impact on India

India has greatly benefited from the globalization of the information technology jobs. Where once India had no major export to offer the world, they now have an export of remote labor that can be used worldwide. They have an undeniable advantage over competitors for the US outsourcing market.

When a client in the US makes a request, India’s workday starts when the US’s workday ends, India can have one day turnaround for its US clients. This means that instead of having US coders work long hours, evening shifts, or overtime, you can have work done overnight and come back and it is done and for less money!  

Protectionism Impact on India

Protectionism is the use of economic policies to limit the amount of imports from one country to another. Under the Trump administration, they are viewing outsourcing as a one-way impact, and how it impacts the states and the states only. This has sent a message to India to be aware that if policies change it could dissipate their current competitive advantage they have for their highest export, remote labor. If labor is restricted or other sanctions are enacted this could impact the employment of everyday people in India and people trying to get work visas in the states.  

Freelance Coders

You do not need to work for an organization to do coding, you can freelance your coding skills. Coders can register with sites like: Freelancer.com, Upwork.com and HireCoder.com and work anywhere in the world and have clients anywhere in the world. This platform allows individuals or businesses to search out the skills they need for a specific task, like coding, they can negotiate and hire someone to get the job done.

Along with an hourly rate being lower than US coders, businesses save by not having to pay for employee expenses like payroll taxes, insurance and the overhead of providing an office space for employee coders. Coders from India are able to freelance out their skills and earn better income than if they worked for a company in India, and still provide a cost advantage over US freelance coders.  

Global Impact

Thus far, most all of those involved are benefiting from the existence of outsourcing coding. Coding that is simple and the requirements can easily be explained can be exported to India by US companies. Coders here state side, handle more complex coding issues, thus they are certainly not out of work, but regularly handle more in-depth coding requirements than what is outsourced. In fact there are still jobs that are not being filled state side for coders! There are more opportunities than there are capable coders. Companies are able to save money by not paying their in-house coders to do tasks that can be done through outsourcing.

Years back people believed that all IT jobs could be handled through outsourcing to India, but corporations soon learned that while they were saving money, they were spending money on other things. It took longer to get the requirements of complex projects handled, thus much of this work came back to the States to be handled by US trained coders.

Why are there so many software developers in India?


India is the second most populated country in the world and with that many people around there is fierce competition for livelihood. Even with the family structure evolving in India, adults seek the advice of their parents. In Indian society parents want their children to be successful, and being successful to many of them is to either become a doctor or a software engineer.

Family Structure


Traditionally the Indian family structure is of multiple generations living together, while modern society is steering away from this structure it is still widely accepted as the norm. Even after children are grown they will still seek the advice and approval of their parents. Seeking approval can lead these young adults into careers they are not interested in just to prove to their parents that they are successful. Since the family structure of Indian families that of multiple generations living under one roof, those who are capable of working are supporting more than themselves. They are supporting the elderly, the sick, the disabled and the children. That is a lot of pressure from your family and extended family to be a good provider. This can also lead young people to pursue an education in software development because it pays better than other jobs available in India. These individuals are saddled with the responsibility of supporting their entire extended family.

Competition


When companies are working on budgets and they need software developers the cost can be exuberant. Knowing that you can get a software developer from India for a fraction of the cost seems like a no-brainer. While it may be less expensive you might get what you pay for. Statistically Americans are overall more educated than Indians according to United Nations studies. In 2015 India ranked 92nd out of 145 countries in their overall education. While Indians were 11% better at math and logic than Americans, American were over 50% better at software development.

Economics of India


India missed the boat when it came to technological advances for many years and some people believe that these young people need to learn to code at a young age to be successful. India is not highly ranked in any industry, leaving their national infrastructure needing vast improvements. They are pushing people to learn software development, but they are leaving all other industries by the way side. For a country to be strong economically they need to have a wide variety of skills that can be outsourced as a service or products to other nations worldwide. If they continue to force young people into one of two career paths much of their existing economic system will be in dyer need of educated people to innovate and manage it.

The Beef


A common stereotype in the technology industry is that your US based job can easily be outsourced to India and for cheap. This is true, yet not true. Can the job be outsourced, well yes. But is it cheap? It depends on what standard you looking at. Will the software development be done for less money, yes. You may however need to have a highly qualified IT person verify that things are being done right and done well. A lot can be lost in translation even if speaking in ‘code’ is all the same language. The barrier can lead to lost time and misunderstandings and then to software problems.

The Come Back


Indians have also made a positive impact on Silicon Valley as well. While there are bad Indian software developers out there, there are also many good ones too! One of the best ways to tell between a good Indian software developer and a bad one is their education. If they attended college in America, they are likely more skilled and qualified at their job, than if they went to school in India.

Recap


When looking to get a project completed it is always best to know the background on the company or individual you are hiring. If you want your project to be perfect, you will need to pay for the perfect software developer, and they should have an education from America versus India. It is a simple way to verify what skill level you will be hiring without having to hire them and then find out. This is not saying a qualified person with an Indian education cannot do a good job, but it is a simple way to weed out possible poor software developers. If you are on a very tight budget and the work doesn’t have to be perfect, you can definitely save some money by working through developers in India. You might have to rework it a couple times, but you will likely still come under budget.

Technically Speaking These Jobs are HOT!


Unemployment is low, I mean really low. Across the country there are more jobs than there are people to fill them. While this can fabulous news for employees, it’s not so great of news for employers. Trying to fill all the open positions is challenging and usually the excess work gets put on current employees or goes undone and one of the fastest growing employment markets is in technology.

In the interconnected world through remote work and data share capabilities employees can work from anywhere in the world and fulfill jobs in different states or even countries.

Analytics

Business analytics, data analyst, data scientist whatever the company calls it, it is the same thing. Taking tons of raw data and turning it into useful information for management, investors, and potential investors. Without these numbers being pulled together routinely and systematically companies fly blind through their fiscal year wondering if things they are doing are adding value or detracting it.

According to salary.com there are over 267 job titles with the match of analyst. Top Analytical Job titles: Business Analyst, Project Analyst, and Data Analyst.

Developers

Website developers, Mobile Developers, Software Developers etc if you can code and create something that is useful to a company for its technological presence your talents are in short supply.

According to salary.com there are only 19 job titles for types of developers. Top developer job titles are: Web Developer, Software Developer, and Software Engineer.

Security

The threat of cyber attack is real and companies are keenly aware of their technological vulnerability.  Companies work through many different scenarios to try and prevent threats to their corporate database. Passwords being changed constantly, having rolling pins from a fab for each employee with secure access to information and 24/7/365 surveillance of their intellectual property. Having someone working to protect your business from attack may be vital to keeping your business going and safe.

According to salary.com there are over 141 job titles for types of security jobs. Top security jobs are: Data Security Analyst, Information Security Manager, and Security Administrator. 

Management

CIO, CTO, CSO etc. if the position is in charge of a technology department of some kind they are in high demand, from managers, directors to top officers in the company these individuals taking on the challenge of managing technology teams and ensuring the work is being done well comes with a high price tag for those willing to take on the responsibility.

According to salary.com there are over 688 jobs titles for Technology Management positions. Top jobs titles are: Information Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Security Officer.

Help Desk

Customer service experts, support desk, help desk, whoever you employ to take calls from customers who are having ‘technical difficulties’ these people are invaluable to your organization. They have to not only be customer friendly but technologically with it. They have to be able to talk people through programming, installing and do so under extreme stress from the customers on the other line. They have to be patient and understand that without their role in the organization returns of products or services would shoot through the roof!...

According to salary.com there are only 31 job titles that match help desk. The top job titles for these positions are: Help Desk, Help Desk Support, Support Coordinator and Support Analyst.

The companies with these openings are all over the country; there isn’t one area that has full employment for their technology jobs. This being said, employees know that if they want to move on to another job with another organization they likely can. The low unemployment rate can help employees gain certain benefits like working remotely or high wages from their employers. Their employers know that it cost time and money to replace them and if the employee is asking for a concession for their continued employment it is likely the company will try and oblige.

Holograms on Your Phone?

Have you ever wanted to or given a virtual high five? Well you might be able to actually give your friend or family member a real one with the new LEIA 3D technology that is still being developed. How cool would that be!? You could physically reach out and touch someone on the other end of a call! This new developing technology can enhance life as we know it for those living far apart from one another, anyone watching shows or playing games, making presentations for work, or simply getting directions to your destination.

Holographic technology from LEIA Corp, a spin off from Hewlett-Packard, is working to bring this new exciting experience to you. Allowing you to immerse yourself in 3D without the use of expensive equipment or bulky glasses. LEIA Corp believes that with this technology they will improve daily experiences to a more personal and beautiful experience.

LEIA Corp Mission and Partner:

LEIA Corp founders of LEIA 3D are on a mission to make life more beautiful and to enrich everyone’s life. LEIA Corp was founded in 2014 by David Fattal, now the CEO, Zhen Peng, now the CTO, and Pierre-Emmanuel Evreux now the CFO. LEIA partnered with Altice Group a technology and media corporation for a launch in Europe in 2016.

How it is created:

LEIA 3D uses diffractive lightfield backlighting to enhance an existing LCD screen into 3D. Users will be able to switch seamlessly between the standard viewing and 3D viewing, without the use of glasses. While you won’t yet see a floating hologram above your phone’s screen, it will make the user experience more enhanced and personal with 3D.

Where it could be used:

3D holograms could be used in cars for enhanced directions, on TV screens for a more interactive viewing of movies and video games. They could also be used in businesses for presentations to engage their audiences. Instead of always saying, “ Now if you can imagine this here…” your business could actually show the clients rather than have them imagine.

Who is using it now:

Android has a smart phone, Hydrogen One by Red which is between $1,00-$1,600 depending on which version is purchased set to release this summer with AT&T and Verizon.

LEIA Corp is constantly developing their LEIA 3D, and it is exciting to think of all the possibilities that may come with the development of this new technology!

How AI is Affecting the Medical Field

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently one of the hottest trends in the world. AI can be found across industries, and in almost everything we use or create that has a tech element. AI is, to put it simply, the simulation of intelligence processes by machines – particularly computer systems. However, this hot technology is constantly evolving, and poses several risks to the world as we know it.

What are the risks that come with AI?

AI is taking over the tech world, and is being incorporated in many tools, systems, and software we use every day. However, many people are becoming skeptical and imploring that the tech industry takes a closer look at AI and the risks it poses. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla in Silicon Valley, is one of the biggest neigh-sayers when it comes to AI. 

Musk seems to believe that AI poses the startling question of whether machines will, eventually, take over the world. By programming human-like technology into almost everything we use, it’s opening the door to some unsettling possibilities. Musk, in particular, is concerned that something “evil” will be created entirely accidentally. “We’re already cyborgs,” he says in an interview with Vanity Fair. “Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.”

Musk believes that AI is only a few years away from being able to partially incorporate with our brains – whether that’s through medical devices or personal technology. And that thought is, indeed, terrifying when you think of the potential ramifications.

How can AI improve or impact the medical field?

Although creators and innovators the world over will need to be cautious as they continue to build AI tools that directly impact the lives of people, AI isn’t all doom-and-gloom. In fact, it is having a significantly positive impact on the medical field. As of now, AI in the medical field is built as an assist to human doctors and nurse practitioners. 

It allows for a thorough fact-gathering and analysis for more accurate diagnostics. It’s also creating systems that reduce the possibility for human error – ensuring appropriate and safe care is always being given by human doctors and nurse practitioners to patients. AI also opens up the opportunity for cost-efficient medical care. By reducing the total number of human employees that hospitals, doctors, and medical spaces need to pay to do admin work, the medical field is able to refocus their budget toward specialists and incredible medical professionals who are saving lives every day.

Finally, AI is helping to create a safer, more precise operating room. With minimally invasive surgeries becoming increasingly necessary as we are increasingly hard on our bodies, surgical robots are able to provide assistance in making precise, small incisions and surgical maneuvers. This can help to reduce patient pain, simplify and speed up medical processes, and help medical teams to complete minimally invasive surgeries quickly and correctly so they can move a patient from surgery to recovery efficiently. This helps doctors and medical teams perform faster, better surgical procedures on every level – which means more patients can be treated in the same time span.

How far are we from a point when we have a robo-doctor?

Scientists are already working to combine AI with robotics. In fact, researchers in Texas have long been working on a robot that has a mind of its own. Although this may seem like some kind of science fiction movie come to life, it’s not surprising. The tech industry’s obsession with AI has sped up many researchers’ quest to incorporate it in new, exciting ways. 

But how far are we from having robo-doctors? The answer might surprise you. Right now, most robots are built with simple AI. They’re programmed to do nothing more than administrative tasks. However, the fact that some robotic technology has been programmed with AI within the medical space already, opens up the possibility that we’ll be seeing “robo-doctors” in the medical arena sooner than we think.

In fact – some healthcare robots in 2017 were built with artificial intelligence that allowed them to perform domestic nurse functions like reminding you to take medication, or coaching patients through challenges associated with illness. So – we may be looking at robo-doctors taking over smaller medical tasks or working alongside human doctors sometime in the near future.

Will machines truly take over?

It’s impossible to look into the future and know what’s going to happen. However, most people believe that because machines won’t always “get it right” and because of obvious ethical concerns, people will need to stay connected to most processes – particularly in the medical field. However, we can expect to see AI being incorporated into our systems – including medical services – in new and exciting ways.

From Fiction to Reality: Flying Cars Ahead

Ready or not flying cars aren’t just science fiction anymore they are coming to airspace near you. Whether you are ready for flying cars to make their debut or not, here they come and they could be here as early as 2019! That’s next year for those of you who are math experts!

What Exactly is a Flying Car?


The concept of a flying car is hardly new, whether or not you first saw the concept watching the kids cartoon the Jetsons in 1962 or the Disney movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968. The structure of a flying car is still changing; one concept is that you can go from driving down the street to seamlessly flying in the air. Another design allows for a 5-10 minute transformation from car to flying car. Will the car take off like a helicopter or will it need to take off like a small airplane and need a runway? All of these designs are in the works and it’s not clear which design will win over consumers.

Do We Need Flying Cars?


Much of the rhetoric around flying cars is whether or not we actually need them, will it actually solve traffic jams and congestion or will it create new problems. Some believe that flying cars will make traffic jams a thing of the past, while others argue that putting the ordinary driver behind the wheel of a flying car is just asking for more trouble. Many of the developers have taken this very issue into consideration when it comes to designing their flying cars.

Airbus is launching their Electric Flying Taxi’s next year and these flying cars will have pilots when introduced to the public, but only to help consumers have confidence in their product, as the entire operation of the Flying Taxi can be controlled remotely. The Airbus Flying Taxi will take off from the ground much like a helicopter and will fly predetermined routes eliminating the concern of cars flying all over the sky and running into one another.

Which Flying Cars are Making Their Debut?

Reality check it is 2018, no seriously and these flying cars are coming now!

PAL-V is already in testing and should be made available for purchase in 2019. While they are only making 90 of them their current price tag is $575,880 USD. They plan to launch a PAL-V Liberty Sport edition will only be $344,173 USD.

VTOL by Airbus is already being worked into Uber’s plan for air taxis of the future by 2020, dubbed Uber Elevate.

SkyDrive by Toyota will light the 2020 Olympic Torn for its debut.

Making a Flying Car Fit in Today's World

Ever wonder why it is taking so long to get flying cars out to the market? Well with any new technology that is planned to fly through the sky there are lots of regulations it has to pass to make sure it will be safe. We are now in a time where we can plan virtual flight plans that can correspond with one another to avoid midair collisions. If the design is too bulky it won’t fit on city streets, in parking spots, parking garages and garage in your home. So designers and developers have to work hand in hand to create a flying car that will fit into the parameters of a current size vehicle’s dimensions.

The idea is that these Flying Cars will take you places, but that you will not be piloting them yourselves around the city airspace. This will help ensure that there are no midair collisions by people behind the wheel of their flying cars.

When Will Flying Cars Be Mainstream?

The key factors that need to be met to make flying cars mainstream in todays world are: safety, design and affordability. If a company can ensure the safety of the people who use its product it will be widely accepted. If the design of the flying car will easily fit into the existing designs surrounding current automobiles acceptance will be easier for consumers to add a flying car to their lifestyle. If the price tag is right, where not only the super rich can afford to buy a flying car, the mainstream public can begin to buy into the new technology rather than watch from the sidelines.

Which design will win over the public for mass acceptance, the PAL-V, SkyDrive, VTOL or another flying car? Whoever wins mass acceptance will set the stage for all future flying cars.

What is HTTPS And Why is it Important to Have?


The term HTTPS stands for Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol Secure, it’s a secure channel through which data is transferred between your computer browser tool and the site which you are visiting. The 'S’ at the end stands for Secure, meaning all connections between your search tool and the webpage are encrypted.

Most popular browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla and Internet explorer display a padlock image next to the address bar, showing that a safe HTTPS link has been made.

How does HTTPS work?

Typically, HTTPS websites use either Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt online exchanges. Both of these protocols make use of an 'asymmetric’ PKI or Public Key Infrastructure network. The system uses dual keys, a public and private one, to encrypt all communications over the internet. Consequently, anything that’s secured with a private-key is only accessible via a public key and vice versa.

The private key of a HTTPS site should always be protected and be known by the owner alone. In most websites, it remains securely kept within the web server. Contrarily, the public-key is meant to be used by anyone who wants to decrypt data that was encoded using the private key.

SSL Certificate Requirement

When you make a HTTPS request on a website, the page will first relay its SSL Certificate to your search tool. This software carries the public-key required to start the safe browsing session.

From this initial communication, your web browser and the site will then commence with the 'SSL handshake’, which involves the creation of mutual secret codes used to establish a safe link between your search tool and the website. When a trustworthy SSL Digital-Cert is applied for a HTTPS connection, visitors will view a padlock image in the browser’s address bar and once an Extended Validity Certificate is installed the address bar shall turn green.

How to get a SSL Certificate cheaply?

There are various ways you can get affordable SSL certificates. First, you can refer online to reputable websites that list cheap SSL certificates which you can try. Such platforms allow you to compare the features of different cost-effective SSL certificates so as to get the best value for your money.

Additionally, oftentimes it’s much cheaper to buy a new certificate rather than renewing an old one, this is because special offer coupons don’t usually apply to SSL renewals. While most cheap certificates will work well and are approved across popular web browsers, you should still refer with your SSL/hosting provider just to make sure.

Reasons why you should have HTTPS

I) Improved search engine rankings. Google has already confirmed that they favor HTTPS websites over others. In fact, more than 30pct of the sites listed on their top page are 'Secure’ or encrypted.

II) Greater online security. It protects web users’ information and your own personal data from cyber criminals.

III) It makes your website mobile-friendly. Recently, Google developed the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) app to ensure web content loads quicker on mobile phones. However, the app requires users to have https before their website can be optimized for mobile use.

IV) Improved conversion rates. Statistics show that most internet users will only share personal information over the internet if the site is HTTPS. If it’s not secured they may express concern sharing their name, phone number or email address.

How Google Chrome views HTTPS

As of July 2018, Chrome intends to label all HTTP sites as 'non-secure’. While the browser currently displays a neutral virtual icon, once the version 68 is launched it will caution visitors with a new indicator in the web-address bar.

Over the recent years, Google has been urging users to keep off unencrypted sites but this so far has been their most impactful move. The Chrome team mentioned that this decision was based on increased https adoption. Approximately 81 of the 100 sites on the internet default to HTTPS, plus most of the traffic on Chrome is already encrypted.

HTTPS impact on SEO

HTTPS can boost your search engine rankings, particularly in cases where the quality signals emanating from two different web results are equal in most aspects. Generally, if your site is equal to your competitor’s in terms of content freshness, speed and title tags among other factors, Google will place it on top of the competitor’s page if it has https and the other one does not.

In conclusion, https is a secure web communication protocol that can safeguard your private information from hackers. It can also help improve your rankings on search engines such as Google.

LiDAR Technology: Unveiling Endless Possibilities

LiDAR technology is changing the way we do everything – from driving cars to excavating ancient civilizations. But what is this new form of modern technology? And what opportunities is it truly presenting to the industry titans who seek to create a better tomorrow?


LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging is a way to use laser sensors to map their surrounding environment. The laser sensors use light waves to effectively measure the distance between surrounding objects.Of course, LiDAR 3D laser mapping is no new concept. The technology has been around since the 1960’s, and people have been using the technology to map geophysical distances since the 1980’s.

Essentially, LiDAR technology sends lasers out into the space surrounding you – either above or below ground – and measures how long it takes for the laser to hit a nearby object in light speed. This information is used to build a 3D special model to gain a better understanding of a surrounding area.

What is LiDAR used for today?

Today, leaders across industries are using LiDAR technology for a variety of purposes. The technology is most commonly used in construction and surveying – to determine the mapping of built objects. The technology can sense everything from buildings to railways, and can help to create an accurate depiction of a specific landscape for reference.

However, as the technology has become more advanced in recent years, it’s proven to have other important uses. The auto industry, for example, has started to use LiDAR technology in combination with several other systems in the building of self-driving vehicles. These vehicles use LiDAR technology to map surrounding areas and drive safely, while saving the information for later reference. Because the technology takes measurements of the surrounding area at light-speed, it allows self-driving vehicles to respond quickly and accurately to changes in the driving landscape.



LiDAR technology is also used to map the earth’s surface – both above and below sea level. The updated version of this technology has allowed geoscientists to study previously unmapped (or inaccurately mapped) areas. This allows emergency responders to get a better idea of a shoreline, air pilots and military personnel to better see the geography of the land they fly over, and more.

Most recently, LiDAR technology has been used by archaeologists to uncover previously unknown Mayan civilizations under a thick cover of jungle foliage. A team of pilots flew over the area and, using LiDAR technology, uncovered an undocumented Mayan settlement.


As they continued to investigate, it became clear that the civilization was even more settled than they could have imagined. Although it seems outlandish to claim that any inch of the earth’s surface remains unexplored by archaeologists – this is a perfect example of a time where we, as a human race, have been unable to explore our history. Without knowing where to look, we could be missing several more ancient civilizations that could provide fascinating historical insight that we would have previously missed.

Through the use of LiDAR technology, archaeologists are able to create an accurate depiction of entire civilizations before performing on-the-ground excavation. This allows them the safety and certainty of exploring the right areas in the jungle, and allows them to use less man power – helping to keep more people safe, and reduce project expenses.


What companies and organizations use LiDAR?


There are several companies creating LiDAR technology solutions for use across industries. Some are startups like Ouseter, who is developing LiDAR-based tools specifically for the international auto industry.

However, many preestablished organizations are also using the new and improved LiDAR technology in their products. For example, Toyota recently started using LiDAR technology in their vehicles to sense surrounding physical objects and create a safer driving experience. Other organizations, like the National Ocean Service, promote the use of LiDAR technology to create a safer, more informed future. However, as time goes on, it’s expected that many more industries and organizations will make use of this incredible technology.
LiDAR Offers Future Opportunities

Despite all of the amazing opportunities that LiDAR technology has created for us, we have still only scratched the surface of possibility. Archaeology and construction could be made infinitely more accurate and easier, while using less funds and man power to complete projects. Emergency rescue missions could have the opportunity to better understand the landscape of a dense forest when searching for lost hikers. We could potentially use the technology, at some point in the future, to remove the need for human-operated vehicles of all kinds.

The opportunities that LiDAR currently offers are truly incredible. However, the unharnessed potential that this technology has is what’s truly awe-inspiring. Scientists and technology specialists around the world are already working with LiDAR tech to create new tools and solutions across multiple industries, and it’s exciting to think of what other possibilities will be made available to us as time goes on.

10 Things We Just Don’t Do Anymore

Each decade has its own set of social norms. For example, in the 80’s, it was socially acceptable to wear crazy shoulder pads and have big hair! In all seriousness, though, these “social norms” that we all accept during certain periods of time also translate into actions – or, things we do. Over time, these things that we do get replaced with other socially “normal” things to do. Usually, it’s because technology or accessibility increases or makes certain businesses obsolete. Don’t believe us? Look at 
these ten things everyone used to do all the time that we just don’t do anymore.

 1.       Renting Movies
Businesses like Blockbuster, Redbox, or Family Video might still be seen – but this is incredibly rare. With the ability to stream television and movies online to any device essentially takes the need for brick-and-mortar movie rental locations away. While it used to be normal to head to the video store to pick out a movie or two to watch that weekend, we don’t do this anymore.

      2.       Buying VHS Tapes
Buying VHS for any reason is the way of the past. Yet, for a long time, this was the only way to watch movies at home, to save family videos, or to record a show on TV you didn’t want to miss. How many people do you know who still have an old stack of VHS’s gathering dust in a closet somewhere? Now-a-days we’re not even sure where you’d be able to find VHS tapes for sale? This method of entertainment viewing has gone the way of the dodo

3.       Transfer Money at a Bank
Even just a decade or two ago, transferring money at a bank was the only way people transferred money either locally or abroad. Unfortunately, banks often carry hidden fees with each transfer and sometimes don’t provide the best exchange rates available. Now, most people use online-only transfer services like TransferWise to transfer money. These online organizations have low or no fees, are always transparent with how much they’re charging you for each transfer, and always offer the most up-to-date exchange rates. No wonder most people don’t go to the bank for money transfers anymore
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      4.       Memorizing Phone Numbers
Before we all carried one form of smart phone or another, the only way to ensure that you’d be able to get ahold of someone was to memorize their phone number. Many people carried pocket-sized phone books just in case they needed to jot a new acquaintance’s number down. The need to memorize phone numbers is no longer pressing – our smart phones save phone numbers and can even assign names and information to each contact based on content that’s gathered from your email or other mobile applications. Much easier than memorizing each important phone number in your life!

        5.       Sending Letters
While it’s still nice to receive a hand-written note occasionally, it’s more common to shoot someone a text or send an email if you need to communicate with them. Writing and sending hand-written letters is considered a lost artform now – with many groups who focus on reinstating the old-idea of pen pals cropping up around the world.

       6.       Carrying a Pager
Before cell phones were a part of everyday life, pagers were the only way to let someone know you needed to get a hold of them if they were out and about or not near a landline phone. We don’t know anybody who carries a pager anymore.

       7.       Recording TV Shows on VHS
If you missed a show you wanted to see, you use to record it on a VHS tape. Now, we can save it to our recording device on our TV or stream it online after the fact.

      8.       Go to the Mall Frequently
Last minute Christmas gifts? A new pair of running shoes? Whenever you needed something, you’d head to the mall. While malls are still around, most people do their shopping online. With most stores offering free expedited shipping, there isn’t really a need to drive out and shop in person.

        9.       Carry Cash
People use to carry cash or spare change in case they needed to make a phone call at a phone booth, pay someone back for a meal, contribute to a coworker’s birthday cake fund, etc. However, there isn’t really a need to carry cash anymore. Quick pay services are now available through banking applications or third-party applications such as Venmo.

        10.   Keep a Map Handy
Everyone use to keep a map in the car or house to help them navigate around. But with maps on our phones and other devices physical paper maps aren’t as common as they once were. Most people don’t even know how to read them!


Isn’t it crazy how many things we use to do that we just don’t do anymore? It’s amazing how much things change over the course of just a few years. While some of these traditions might have been convenient, and we may miss some of the old ways of doing things, it’s also nice to move forward into a new, more tech-motivated time!

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