Do note that while cell phones are everywhere nowadays, cell phone is not.It is still possible to lose coverage in remote areas, especially since signal coverage is operator-specific (e.g., you can have full AT&T signal, so-so Verizon signal, and zero T-Mobile signal in the same spot) - you can even lose service within a metropolitan area or in underground areas e.g.Contrast I Want My Jetpack, where the writers The widely available cellphone is a major Trope Breaker, leading to many clumsy explanations for why cell phones don't work in particular circumstances.And far fewer characters get murdered in a phone booth these days, for instance.Or when integrated circuits came around, who needed a discrete transistor? Some media applications call it "seeking" or "skipping", but those are even older terms, even if they're not tied to specific medium.
Because of this, most writers nowadays don't get too specific about computer performance, to avoid sounding dated before... Somewhat related are those moments during not-so-old films where you realize the entire plot could be resolved with something the world takes for granted today — cell phones, for instance.
In one episode, the characters are all excited because of a new computer game that will be released very soon. This isn't Zeerust, which is about futuristic tech becoming old rather than about modern tech becoming old.
" You see, Technology has marched on, and things like CD-ROMs and VHS cassette tapes and so on have relatively recently become either so little-used as to be obscure, or obsolete altogether.
Then, it really was pretty impressive, the joke being that he'd just be using it to play computer games and type out lists.
But There was a time when these specifications would be mockingly contrasted with a then modern counterpart.