Self checkout machines (at some shops anyway, still got the infuriating ones in my local Lidl)
The first pub I ever worked in (The Woodside, Ellenbrook) in around 2002 only served Carlsberg, Boddington’s, or Guinness on tap! Can you imagine.
Used one of the new self service tills in Tesco recently (the ones without scales) and my god it was actually… pleasant? Really well designed interface, as much as it pains me to say.
The sound production on KEXP sessions
Standard of medical care when you’re pregnant.
Scans weren’t a thing when my mum was born, just you were pregnant, had a midwife then 9 months later there was a baby
When my mum had me, she had one scan which resulted in the blurriest photo of all time, no extra checks for anything, if you were bigger or smaller at regular checkups they just… Moved your due date? Lol
Now I’m being seen pretty much every week for the smallest issues ever, the pictures on the scans are insanely clear and I even have several 3d photos of the baby’s face. I’m not even 30 weeks! Astonishing.
Phones having one (well, two now) type(s) of charger (other than iPhones, pieces of shit).
I was so impressed that I actually gave them full marks on the ‘how was your experience with this till thingie’ screen that came up after, ffs
Gluten and dairy free food
15 years ago my local supermarket had one variety of tiny hard loaves of sliced bread, like eating polystyrene, and that was about it. Dairy free meant soy milk and nothing else. Now i keep getting ads for artisan gluten free sourdough, my local supermarket stocks dozens of different milk alternatives and I’ve not tried it but I’m told some of the cheese is at least edible.
Some people say that a lot of people who buy gluten free don’t actually need it and are doing it out of a mistaken idea that gluten free is ‘healthier’. I say if that’s the case, if it makes the market for gluten free foods big enough that companies want to actually make decent products, then let them have at it.
This is mostly true, however the choices these days are largely 20 slightly different gins and 6 IPAs on tap and 12 in the fridge.
My freezer begs to differ
Might be bad at defrosting but pretty impressive that it can talk tbf