With the advent of Google Buzz, I’m starting to get tired of all the rapid changes in technology and social media. If technology is going to progress so quickly, I’d like to be able to choose whether or not I can opt in or opt out of these changes. For instance, Google Buzz simply swooped in and gave its Gmail users Twitter-like abilities and public profiles without fair warning. Facebook has changed its image and added more features so many times that it’s becoming frustrating. What was wrong with the first 500 versions of the website?
Today’s phones don’t just take calls, but also videos, photos, hold music, store important documents, act as a GPS, balance your check book, and count your calories. Anything you’d want to do in your daily life, now there is a phone app for that. Remember when text messaging was a novel concept?!
It’s hard to keep up with all these changes, especially when I preferred some of the older models better than their newer counterpoints. I’m still adjusting to the fact that VHS tapes are out along with video rental stores like Blockbuster.
In honor of my favorite “oldies, but goodies,” here are 5 technologies that are fine just the way they are:
1) The boom box. Do you really need to bring your personal computer around with you to provide music at parties? The boom box did just fine. Plus it still plays your old mix tapes.
2) The overhead projector. Invented during the 1940s, this is hands down the best way to display information on a wall in front of large groups of people. No need to worry about memory stick problems or losing your connection to the internet during a presentation.
3) A physical book. No digital reader can ever replace the feeling of holding a book in your hands and feeling the pages between your fingers (and of course the new book smell).
4) The Nokia cell phone. I agree, we all need cell phones, but you can’t even use a touch screen with your winter gloves! Flip phones tend to snap in half eventually, but the Nokia can fly down a flight of stairs (and even survive a drop in the toilet) and still accept your calls and text messages.
5) The single air conditioner unit. Forget central air. I just want my bedroom to be cold. The noise these things make is soothing, especially if white noise helps you sleep. I don’t need my whole house to be cold all the time and I like how easy you can control the temperature on these things.
What are some of your favorite technological “oldies but goodies”?