Kuro5hin has a great post about useful dead technologies – technologies that have been replace by something else or just allowed to go away.
The one that caught my attention most was the loss of the Volume Control Knob on car radios. My car still has the volume knob, but I really miss the tuning knob, which has been replaced by Seek/Scan buttons. I really hate being at the whim of my radio’s ability to find a station. If I happen to be in a poor reception area my radio refuses to lock the station, or even if it does the signal is poor. I miss the days when I could find a weak station, or just tune the radio slightly to improve reception.
Does this kind of change really make things better for anybody?