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Jack Bauer is holding a floppy disk. We'll repeat: Jack Bauer, total bad---, is holding a floppy disk. / Screenshot/Fox

After four years of silence, 24's Jack Bauer is back on the grid. And it's a very, very accurate grid.

When the long-running spy thriller introduced Kiefer Sutherland's Bauer as its terrorist-thwarting hero in 2001, Washington, D.C.'s finest were calling from land lines and clicking on gigantic desktop computers.

It's 2014, and 24: Live Another Day (Fox, Monday at 8ET/PT) is a brave new world (which yes, thankfully, is updated to involve iPhones).

The first sentence in this season's first episode? "Where are we on real-time tracking?" That's before a surveillance camera attached to a robot scouts a suspected target.

From Google Glass to WikiLeaks to the mainstream-ization of drones, spy tech and its portrayal has come a long way. Before the clock starts ticking, look back at the outdated gadgets featured in 24's very first episode, which aired on Nov. 6, 2001:

1. The world leaders don't even have flip phones.

2. Just your average high-tech CIA center, including a cordless phone, clunky desktop and pre-flatscreen TV.

3. Jack Bauer, there's a more portable way. It's called a tablet.

4. All of the land-lines.

5. Have you used an intercom lately?

6. It's a cordless phone! That's not even hipster-old yet!

7. The trifecta -- An outdated Mac and two land-lines.

8. And finally, a floppy disk.

It's worth repeating. A floppy disk.

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