Five Seemingly Useful Yet Obsolete Things You No Longer Need In Your Office


An office that is ahead of the rat race is usually also the one that is always in sync with the constant technological innovations, or at least tries to. However, to ring in the new, the old has to be kicked out. And while you're at it, you better make sure that the following five machines are well on their way out.

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1)   Fax machines

In a day and age when we’re doing everything in our power to do away with the use of power, it’s pretty difficult to understand more offices than we’d like to admit are still hung up on the fax machine? There is a much better, easier and eco-friendlier alternative, which a lot of smarter offices are embracing now. 

Scan, save as PDF and mail! Additionally, of late there are a lot of online services that offer Fax over Internet Protocol (FoIP), which is a lot like VoIP. This enables you to receive fax without actually having a fax machine. So, even if the sender is sending something from a fax machine, you simply receive it as an email attachment.

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2)   Typewriters

If you still have this, our only question is WHY?! The unending love affair with all things vintage and old is quite understandable, albeit inexplicable. But, typewriters are nothing but a whole lot of redundancy that is best left in museums and Mad Men. 

Those things are space-hogging, inconvenient and absolutely pointless. If you have a typewriter, the only place most fitting for it is a glass cabinet, where's it's up on display for all to see. Did you miss the computer revolution and all its subsequent wonders?

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3)   Thumb drives

There was a time when we went gaga over the CD, then came the pen-drives and thumb drives, and our souls almost leaped out of our bodies. But, you didn’t really expect innovation to stop at that; did you? Cloud computing, ahoy! It is mind-numbing to see how it has changed the way we stored and shared our data. 

Wireless data storage and exchange has made it possible to access your work on the go, no matter where you are- as long as you have access to your computer or smartphone. Cloud also eliminates the possibility of accidental document destruction, like one would most likely face with loss or damage to the thumb drive. Clean, easy and absolutely convenient, here’s your chance to get very, very savvy. You’re welcome.

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4)   Desktop computers

Desktop computers are the typewriters of the 21st century. Space-hogging, soon-to-be obsolete and definitely not cool anymore. Switch to laptops. They’re portable and highly convenient. Moreover, if you consider a little bit of financial foresight, you’ll realize that laptops are far cheaper than the expenditures incurred by desktop computers. 

Moreover, in a time when we’re all embracing minimalism and moving over to sleeker phones, sleeker cars and sleeker clothes, what is the point of being stuck to a desktop?

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5)   Formal attire

Move over white collar; office just got a lot more wearable. A lot of major companies- Silicon Valley companies, if you please- have loosened up their ties and becomes more fashionably open-minded. Thanks to that eternal bid to attract young sparkplugs. 

Did you hear about Mark Zuckerberg wearing jeans and a hoodie to the shareholders’ meeting? Okay, that may not be the kind of dressing we’re suggesting. But something definitely smarter and comfier and somewhere perfectly between the laidback jeans clad rookie and the power-dresser.

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This guest post is authored by Carter Young. He is a freelance blogger who likes to talk about business and technology. He works at a large company and suggests that the productivity in an office depends, solely, on the gadgets they use.

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