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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…

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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…



COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Gene Roddenberry

Yeah, the Star Trek guy. An otherwise obscure TV writer and sci-fi author is a communications pioneer? You bet, and here’s why. In 1973, the first cell phone call took place on a public street. (You have to…


FUN FRIDAY: What is a computer?

Thirty years ago, a bunch of kids were asked, “What is a computer?” Their answers, equally funny and poignant, are sometimes dated and sometimes incredibly prescient. Many of our customers were the same age as the…



Where do we go from here?

Marty Silbernik is the author of I’m Too Old To Do This, a tech blog for folks who remember when none of this stuff existed. This article appears with permission. I was reading something the other day…




Someone INVENTED it: modern nails

In this case we don’t know who it was… but good-old nails were invented by someone in the 1860s. It wasn’t really the nail itself that was invented but the machine to make them. You see,…


Someone INVENTED it: Ballpoint Pen

There are few things more ubiquitous than the ballpoint pen. They have almost no cash value, selling in packs of ten for under $2 but stolen by the millions from workplaces or given away as promotional…


Someone INVENTED it: The Paper Clip

The Paper Clip. How many have you used in your lifetime? How many have given their lives as a source of your amusement? They seem more like part of the natural environment than an invention. Yet,…