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Dust Collectors: Office Dinosaurs You Used to Love

Science & Tech  (tags: technology, business, infographic )

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The introduction of computers and Internet into the workplace completely transformed the way companies function. From the evolution of faxing to the switch from typewriters to laptops, this infographic explores how technology has revolutionized the office

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Shan D (49)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 11:56 pm
Newsflash: Reams of paper are STILL being used in offices. So are copiers. So are repair people. And I miss my wonderful old Smith-Corona typewriter, SO THERE!

KS Goh (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 4:50 am
Thanks for the article.

jayasri amma (10)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:10 am
Noted and Shared .. thanks Cal!

Bob P (394)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 8:50 am
Thanks for sharing

Carmen S (611)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 11:56 am
noted, thanks Ryan

Robert O (12)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 5:10 pm

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 9:06 pm
Paper use and ink/toner consumption is reduced to final-copy levels, not eliminated, plus the common dry-electrostatic photocopier may still serve as a cheaper way to make multiple copies than burning computer ink and toner. The older equipment isn't really a dinosaur, but it is an 'older species' used much less frequently than during its heyday. Typewriters are still less confusing for labelling envelopes than trying to wrestle envelopes into office printers, and a dedicated fax receiver eliminates the need to leave a whole computer up just to take a fax (though it may be a function of a network printer).

Patricia N (9)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 11:13 pm
I still have my old portable typewriter. It doesn't use electricity and can be used anywhere. The ribbons would last for months unlike the electric typewriter when it came out. I haven't used it in a long time as the ribbon is pretty faint now. I plan to look into finding some new ribbons which I hope they still provide from some source. A lot cheaper than the ink for my printer.

Anita R (2)
Friday January 6, 2012, 1:50 am
We have a photocopier at work that will also allow you to scan your image and send it to an e-mail address (or several). My computer printer at home also faxes and scans copies to my computer. This multi-functonal stuff is great! Two things that I REALLY don't miss are 1) Carbon paper - I remember having to not only type essays in university, but also making copies with carbon paper inserted between the master and copy sheets. 2) Computer cards. When I took my first computer programming course in 1971, we had to type in the code using cards on a punch machine. One card per line. A really long program took a big stack of cards. If you made a mistake, you had to throw away the card and retype it. They did, rather belatedly, just before cards were phased out, start recycling the damn things. One thing I still do: use the reverse side of single-sided paper to sketch out the design for computer programs I write, and to keep notes while troubleshooting. I can write well using a word processing program without using paper, but designing code and troubleshooting, no. I need to have paper in front of me to doodle on. Been a computer programmer for over 30 years and that's not counting the undergrad and grad courses it took to get me there.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 6:11 am
Thanks, a walk into the not so distanced past.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday January 6, 2012, 9:51 am
Thank you, Ryan.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:54 am
i like some of the dust collectors. but thanks for story.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:40 pm
Fun article ,,thanks much!

Robert B (60)
Friday January 6, 2012, 5:42 pm
I still have my old portable typewriter and believe it or not I skipped the fax machine phase altogether. But I love my Apple iBook.

Claudia O (73)
Friday January 6, 2012, 7:12 pm
I still miss my typewriter. It was so easy to figure out, and didn't change every month or so. More than that, I REALLY miss our old telephone which I could actually hear ring and could also (wonder of wonders) use to actually call someone.

janet f (29)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:06 am
When I was a kid the teacher would send someone to the office to rex-o-graph copies for the class. For those who are too young to know what this is, it was a machine that had to be "cranked" to make copies with purple/blue lettering and smelled god awful of chemicals long after the copies dried (yes, they came out "damp" from the copying chemicals used). Ahhh...the good old days.

DORIS L (61)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:38 pm
Stop kidding yourself...there's still a heck of alot of paper in every office in the world.

Michael L (1)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 2:01 pm
Funny little story if not factual

reft h (66)
Monday January 9, 2012, 10:53 pm
how about the gestetner and telex

Shan D (49)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 12:10 am
I remember Gestetners, vividly. One of the things I used to do in junior high school to occupy myself during the noon hour break was help the teachers/office secretary prepare these. If it didn't involve typing, but did involve tracing out figures like circles, squares, triangles, etc. for geometry worksheets, they didn't hesitate to give me a ruler and stylus to go ahead and do it.

Another benefit of these, which I didn't realize until years later: some copies would come out really light, and in order to read it, I would trace over the letters with my pen. This got me trained to print very neatly, something people still compliment me for decades later!
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