The CD that came with my new monitor

A new normal for campus life seems to be in sight. As part of my reintegration into working primarily from campus, I have made some updates to my office.

First on the list was replacing a small and dying monitor with a new LG 34WN80C-B UltraWide 34″ 21:9 Curved WQH Monitor.

The thing is both wide and curved. The whole curved TV thing seems like a fail, but maybe curved monitors are still cool? I’ll keep you up-to-date.

Included in the LG box with the monitor was a CD. The CD apparently contains the owner’s manual and “regulatory and safety precautions”.

I say “apparently” because I have no way of verifying. Even if I wanted to look at the documents on the CD, I have no way of doing so. None of my computers have CD drives.

The CD in the monitor box made me think of other examples of anachronistic technology.

The photocopier in our office contains a fax function. About once a year, I find myself faxing a document. Do you have a dedicated fax in your office?

Some might say the physical desk phone should be retired in the age of Zoom, VOIP, and softphones. You’ll have to snatch my desk phone from my cold, dead hands.

In the days when I traveled and stayed in hotels, the room key had become a key card, and in some hotels, an app. Every morning, I still open my office with a metal key.

And when my desk gets too hot, the cooling I rely on is a desk fan.

What old technology do you still work with?

Are your keyboard and mouse wired and your headset wired?

Do you have stacks of paper reports and other printed materials that reside in your office?

Is your filing system made up of atoms and not bits?

Jack L. Goldstein