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Besides "horseless carriages," can you name more examples over time of new technologies labeled with old and familiar analogs?
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"Carriage Return" and "Line Feed" ... in practically all text files, either one or both, depending on whether the format is an acolyte of Microsoft or UNIX.
 
Maybe not an actual term but Apple certainly likes to make iCal and Address Book on OS X look like their old fashioned physical counterparts.
 
How far back should we go? : - ) Wheeled barrow = Wheelbarrow
 
I quit using my wheel barrow when it became full of barrow wights.
 
Radio "waves" and magnetic "fields."
 
Computer - it used to mean a person.
 
Following on from +David Roquemore, the act of "dialing" a phone number.  This was anachronistic as soon as phones ceased to use a rotary dial as a mechanism.
 
Fernseher for TV. It could just as well mean binoculars.
(since you often visit/mention Germany; on TWIG, etc)
 
e-book.
Smart-phone.
Microwave oven.
Electronic paper.
Lots of features in productivity type programs that are named after their pre-PC analogue, IE the terms CC and BCC in email applications refer to "Carbon Copies"
For that matter any application with a name like "notepad"
Don't forget the computer "desktop"!
Energy saving bulbs are not "bulb" shaped.. not sure if that counts!
 
+Gopindra Hannigan Don't forget you also "hang up" a phone even if that just means pushing a button or tapping a screen.
 
folders on a computer drive

we still buy "albums" even though virtually all music is digital
 
Camera (from Camera Obscura which dates from about 470 BCE, pretty old)
 
A computer "desktop."

Many people still said "icebox" for decades, referring to mechanical refrigerators.
 
Gravitational Slingshot.
Armored cavalry and air cavalry.
 
For more computer stuff, SSD storage? Solid State Disc(or Drive), as it contains no Disc, and therefore nothing to Drive(spin).
 
+Gopindra Hannigan Likewise "picking up" a phone. We also talk about phones "ringing". When I was a kid phones literally had an internal bell that was struck repeatedly by a little hammer, causing it to "ring". There's nothing on a modern phone that rings, yet we still talk about ringing phones, ringing someone, and even ring-tones.
 
I'll "ping" you my ideas once I've "scrolled" to the bottom of this list on my "tablet". 
 
Greek Fire.  Showed up on Game of Thrones recently again.
 
Dry ice: solid form of carbon dioxide.
 
How about all those apps that use an icon of a FLOPPY DISC for the SAVE button.
 
its still dated but i can throw in "iron horse" for a train
 
"Digital" used to mean "of or pertaining to the fingers."  The digits.
 
Hangup (SIGHUP) as a signal to a running process.
TTY (teletypewriter) as synonym for the "shell" you are working on.
Carbon Copy (cc)
dash board
desktop
bridge
gateway
backbone
outlook
power point
access
excel 
 
Telecommuting.
Computer Virus.
System back-door.
Digital films.
Digitally "signed" files.
SSH "keys"
Digital "footprint"
Carbon "footprint"
Cloaking device ;-)
Internet Troll
Flaming/ Flamebait
Magazine show (TV format)
Knifeless Facelift  
 
Doughnuts for magnetic core memory (dating myself!)
 
Mobile phone.

Not to forget there are hundreds of metaphors used on GUI's; desk top, recycling bin, folder, file etc 
 
Electronic computer and calculator - to distinguish from the job titles. I wonder if those job losses were decried?
 
I think Baudrillard might have written a thing or two about this phenomenon. ;)
 
Copy and Paste via the "Clipboard"
 
Files. They aren't in paper files any more when they're made of binary code on your hard drive.
Smart-Phone. Not really a clever phone, it's a computer with the ability to make phone calls.
 
New York Times Digital Subscription: 4 Weeks for 99 cents ($15 every 4 weeks after that). As if you were subscribing to home delivery, just electronically. At about the same price.
 
Save icons on computers are still commonly floppy disk icons
 
Record album, which has been anachronistic since they stopped having albums (binders) of 78s and 45s. So not just CD albums, 33 1/3 RPM records.
 
By the way, we should still call 'em "records," regardless of the format, because it's always recorded sound. MP3s, too.
 
"on the Internet" the 'on' part comes from TV. My non-native English speakers have it more correct when they say 'in' the Internet.
 
+Glenn Pope Which modems are you talking about? Isn't it a generic term for something that *Mo*dulates and *dem*odulates a carrier signal?
 
+Ian Witham Modem (dialup) basically change a digital signal into an analog signal and back. Current "modems" (DSL/cable) are completely digital now. They no longer modulat or demodulat.
 
"broadcast" originally meant a farmer scattering seeds. 
 
+Les Faby ....lol...I only found that out when I started planting a garden...Before that time I had never, ever knew people had "Broadcasted" seeds.  Now I try to do my part to "broadcast" my seeds far and wide....and of course, +Jeff Jarvis ' too.  Jeff rocks. Can't wait to see him on This Week in Google today.
 
In X-ray technology: image intensifier ... though they still exist, Detector is the new technology.
 
The "floppy disc icon" being an iconic representation of a hard shell 3.5 inch disk that was only called "a floppy" because it inherited the functions of an actually floppy 8 inch disk.
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