June 1, 2011

When I heard the word “obsolescence” for the first time I liked it immediately.

What does it mean? According to Wikipedia : Obsolescence is the state of a being which occurs when an object, service or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order. Obsolescence frequently occurs because a replacement has become available that is superior in one or more aspects. Obsolete refers to something that is already disused or discarded, or antiquated.”

Now why would I write about this? Well, a number of obsolete products are on the way back. Want an example? The USB Record Player

Ok, I have to admit. I still have a number of records. Sure enough, I hardly play them…in this era of MP3 and iTunes.

Now, I discovered something else. A USB Typewriter. That’s right! Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad! You can either buy a refurbished one or Do-It-Yourself. Personally, I find it cool to have a classic typewriter as a keyboard for an iPad2 🙂 I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems great, don’t you think?

Here is a video, because pictures don’t always tell the full story: