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Slow-moving zombie technologies that refuse to die

November 7th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

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Technology is so dynamically progressive in this age, you won’t realize when a thing becomes obsolete. Newer editions of the existing products and innovations for better and smoother functioning of products has been driving every sector into a very rapid format of progress. The key is user experience. The easier you can have things to work for the user, the better your product is. Aren’t we all looking for that extra comfort in all the technological innovations we come across?

But amidst all this hustle bustle of how fast every product is evolving, there are some technologies that should have been deemed obsolete way back, but surprisingly still have a percentage of people using them till date.


You’d be astonished to gulp the fact that there are still a bunch of people who like to use the telegram as a mode of communication. Although the number has gone to only about 21,000 telegrams sent out in the year 2005, the number is still significant considering the kind of advancements communications has seen in the last two decades.


Everyday a handheld product is either introduced in the tech market or its next version is unveiled. The flurry of tablets and palm devices have bamboozled everyone on what to go for and what not. While all of this captures the attention of a majority of people globally, there are some who actually still go by the old school. There is a dedicated customership market for typewriters and its not a hoax! In 2009, not long ago, the New York City Police Department took everyone by a storm when they chose to spend a whopping $1 million on their inventory of typewriters for the staff. Although it is interesting to note that the major market for typewriters is till the conventional, snooty authors and novelists; they like to keep it that way!

Fax Machines:

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Need a digital signature? You’ve got yourself a scanner for the process. More so, the smartphones have special apps that let you click pictures through your phones and adjust their perspective to make them look naturally scanned. There isn’t much need to invest in a whole scanner also if your requirements aren’t that big. But then of course you have the fax machines to do the thing! WHo uses them now, you ask? The NPD Group, a company that convenes market studies would like to answer that question for you. In the past 1 year, almost over half a million fax machines have been bought. Astonished much?

Landline Telephones:

Its been a while since people have become deeply engrossed in their mobile phones; they’ve become the world all in one for them. But thats not really the main source of talking over a line for a lot of Americans says a research. The National Centre for Health Statistics claims that over 100 million homes in the United States of America still own a landline connection. You could well imagine the number of these landline connections also plugged into the faxing machines too.


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