What’s the technology in your office like? There’s a pretty good chance that at least some of the equipment you’re using may be obsolete. To find out if you’re using any obsolete technologies, let’s take a stroll down the Museum of Obsolete Objects and see what they’ve got on display.
The Pocket Calculator
Today, you may see a few pocket calculators around the office, or even a standalone calculator device used in accounting. Sure, mobile devices and computers can do the same job as a calculator, but some people prefer the satisfying “clunk” of hitting a calculator key, and you really can’t fault anybody for that. However, you can fault a person for still wearing parachute pants.
The Floppy Disk
Every once-in-a-while you will come across a computer still in use with a floppy disk drive. You may even encounter the occasional office still using floppy disks. As far as PACE Technical Services is concerned, the only good use for floppy disk drives are for making music!
According to the Museum of Obsolete Objects, the computer mouse will very soon be obsolete, which is surprising as the mouse is still a common item in today’s workplace. The computer mouse won’t be made obsolete because people don’t like it; instead, the mouse will be replaced due to the popularity of mouse-less mobile technology. Not helping the cause of the mouse is the fact that newer operating systems like Windows 8 were designed to be optimized for touchscreen, and many Windows 8 desktop machines function like a tablet and have touchscreen capabilities. You might as well make the switch now and toss out your mouse. You can donate your old mouse to the Museum of Obsolete Objects.