Fun and Games

Someone INVENTED it: Multi-tool

The jack knife, also known as the Swiss Army knife, has been around since about 600BC, believe it or not. Roman peasants carried folding knives around with them. The trend of putting a lot of tools…


Someone INVENTED it: Keyboard

You probably know that the computer keyboard is a duplicate, more or less, of the ones used on typewriters in the 20th century. You may even know that the reason most frequently given for the weird…


Someone INVENTED it: Mouse

The mouse may not be the sexiest piece of office equipment, but it’s still part of our everyday lives. As much as we would like to make our lives nothing but touchscreens and gestures, the humble…



OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Teletype

It’s hard to believe this was ever high tech, but at one time the teletype was the absolute height of computer communications. What’s even more amazing is that most teletypes will still work with even the…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: DAT

Can something be obsolete if it never caught on? The world tends to have completely forgotten about DAT, which was supposed to take the place of cassettes but provide a pure digital experience. DAT stands for…



OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Fax

Oh boy, talk about something no one misses. Fax machines were a staple (no pun intended) of the office world just fifteen years ago but today they’re nowhere to be seen… if you do see one…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Book and Record sets

A comic book that you read along with a vinyl record. Vinyl may be coming back, but this particular bizarre pairing probably isn’t. Oh, to be young again when there was actually some imagination required to…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Dictaphone

People in today’s offices would simply have no way of dealing. You millennials may not believe it, but up until the mid-1990s, just a moment in time ago, there were a lot of people in offices…