My primary work machine, a Dell XPS One, had it’s hard drive fail today.
I called Dell to talk about a return and they told me to call back later because THEIR systems were down.
Doesn’t inspire much confidence.
There is quite a bit of outdated technology that is still heavily used today. Some of it works quite well, but there is a large number of technologies that really should have been retired a long time ago.
Here’s a few of my favorite instances of outdated technology still in use:
- AOL. AOL earned $165 million on dial up revenues in Q1 2013 alone.
- Flash. Frustratingly ancient and poorly coded.
- Floppy disks. Still heavily used by the US government.
- Telegraph. India finally stopped using the telegraph this month… they were spending $20 million to maintain a system that brought in $200k in revenues.
- Textbooks. Incredibly expensive to print the new version of a textbook every year when an electronic version would be far cheaper, far better for the environment and easier to search and find topics.
- Fax machines. Even my company Coalition Technologies still has to heavily use this for our clients.
- TI calculators. Technology has massively advanced over the last 15 years, but Texas instruments still churns out the exact same model of calculator and charges the same price for it.
- Phone books. Huge waste of paper.
- Traffic lights. Super slow and cause waiting at empty intersections.
- Pennies. It costs 1.7 pennies to make one penny. Stupid currency.
I hate starting to watch a show or read a book series before it is fully completed, so I have been waiting for the Walking Dead television series to get finished. The problem is that some series can go on and on for 10+ years so I finally decided to dive in and start watching the Walking Dead.
I am now half way through Season 2 and am really enjoying the show. I am a huge fan of zombie movies of all kinds and this zombie television show is pretty entertaining. The best part about the show is the semi-realistic depiction of the relationships of the characters as they are thrown into all kinds of bizarre situations with hard decisions. The part I find most annoying is that they don’t do a super great job of explaining how this little group of people can so easily kill dozens of zombies with hatchets while military bases got overrun. Also they smash zombies heads in with hand-held weapons, yet the blood never splatters on them or if it does it does not infect them. I don’t understand that.
Overall, the show is an entertaining way to relax for a half hour in the evening. Watch it on Netflix to avoid commercials.