As Jess courageously cleaned out some of our shelves last week, she found some amusing relics of days gone by. Our favorites:
Software on floppy discs.
Adobe Photoshop 4.0—a CD of the software (1996). For those of you who aren’t familiar with design software, Photoshop is now on version 12.1 (CS 5.5).
Apple Internet Connection Kit (1995), complete with a “CD-ROM disc” and “Getting Started” booklet that opens with, “Welcome to the Internet.” The booklet includes some real gems:
- “The Internet is a network of computer networks, made up of millions of computers from all over the world.”
- “Newsgroups” and “Usenet”: “Netiquette is the Usenet term for Usenet etiquette.”
- “Originally, Web pages were made up of text alone. Today, they can have text, graphics, sound, and movies.”
- “E-mail is a great time saver. You can write, edit, address, and mail your letter without having to use a printer, an envelope, or a stamp.”
- “If you use wit that might be mistaken as attack or criticism [in an e-mail], you can clarify your intent with a ‘smiley.’”
- The glossary in the back is particularly helpful: “URL—Acronym for Universal Resource Locator, the standard way to give the address of any World Wide Web page.”
As we laughed at these and other items we uncovered, we realized that we will soon be poking fun at today’s forms of ‘advanced’ technology. You know, next year.
What kinds of things has your office held onto past their expiration dates?