Icons Stuck in the Past

Icons are handy little things: they make efficient use of display real estate, provide a quickly-identifiable visual cue to the user, and work across all languages.  But some of the standard icons we've used for years have been orphaned, as the technologies they visually mimic have gone extinct.  Scott Hanselman, a Microsoft programmer / author / comedian, has a great list of them on his blog.  Three of my favorites are above - I wonder what today's generation of "digital native" children would make of a 3.5" floppy disk, a reel-to-reel tape voice recorder, or a TV with (1) a rounded picture tube, (2) a rainbow test signal, and (3) rabbit ears?
[via Gizmodo]

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