There is quite a bit of outdated technology that is still heavily used today.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Here’s a few of my favorite instances of outdated technology still in use: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.