If the stubborn book and the vinyl LP are anything to go by, today’s top business tech better not be too gleeful about replacing everything on the planet. In fact, there are some decidedly old school tech fixes out there that are still doing business and even doing it very well. What’s to ditch and what is to cling on to? Here are a few thoughts on old school gadgets that still count.
Ink Stamper and Letterheads
Not just used for stamping hands but an extremely useful way of printing your name or logo on just about anything you can think of. It must come with a pad and a supply of ink. The old style date stamps have just about faded away with memory, however. But your firm still needs one of these.
Reports of its demise have been unfairly bandied about. There is still a place for the fax machine, particularly in Japan. They are still selling and seen as a backup of last resort a well as having a sort of integrity that the modern e-signatures just cannot reproduce. Using a fax machine is still a viable and acceptable way of doing business.
There is just something about these beasts that is practical and useful. There is no better or quicker way of scaling and reproducing a document. In some circles, the photocopier is worshipped and adored. It is also undeniably fun. It is still just as frustrating when it breaks down.
As in a landline. The phone is the phone so to speak, and it still counts. Offices need them and businesses rely on them. No matter how wonderful and all singing and dancing your mobile is, you still need to make a call when the network is down, or your battery needs charging. Dialling a number might be pushing it though and when was the last time you went into a phone box?
Cheque books might be gradually fading away, but there is very definitely a business cheque culture that is holding on. You order your cheques online these days so bringing your business into the 21st century has a foot in both camps.
These are still a staple of business life and thriving. There is no better easier and smoother way to give someone else your details. It’s a visual keeper and doesn’t look like being made redundant any time soon. It will keep its place with the wallet, fountain pen, wrist watch and briefcase. It is simply one of the symbols of status and elegance that should thrive no matter what century we are in.
Business systems that work well, such as accounting, marketing and advertising have all moved online with the times. They are simply finding that they are more efficient in these formats. Just as some books are better as ebooks and some are simply better in hard copy. It might come down to a matter of style and personal preferences. But it is rather cool to find that there is still a place for old-school.