1. Compact Discs - No argument here; even music will leave these coasters behind.
2. Memory sticks- Not so sure. The Mac Airs come with your back-up system software on a cute memory stick. I don't think we can quite reboot and restore a hard drive from the cloud yet.
3. Rolodex- Why haven't these been replaced already?
4. Personal diaries- See #3; I have been electronic-only for years now.
5. Calculator- Most of the time I use one built into my smart phone or iPad; however, every once in awhile a small calculator comes in handy.
6. Desk phone- Still there; the biomedical research and healthcare enterprise does not seem ready to cut all of their wires.
7. The Waste Paper Bin- Replaced by a recycle bin, but the concept lives on. Will people ever quit printing agendas or sending junk mail?
8. Shredders- Moving off-site for the most part. If we could get people to quit printing sensitive material, they might die off.
9. Mobile water coolers- People need water coolers and coffee machines to hang out and get creative in the work environment. The nature of the beast may change, but it will still be around.
10. Desktop hard drives- Something has to hold the operating system in the computer, and I do not see how we can get around it. I also sleep better knowing my data exists in the cloud, on my desktop hard drive, and on my laptop hard drive. Oh, and the desktop hard drive gets backed up to a terabyte pocket drive daily. Overkill? Perhaps; but I think we can all remember data on servers disappearing suddenly.
Of course, I remember the February 1 episode of RadioLab on NPR: Tools Never Die. (Click to listen to the full story). Basically, no technology, no matter how obsolete, cannot be obtained today. Whether hobbyists, Amish, or third-world, everything can still be purchased.
So don't trash your CD player yet. But share your thoughts below - will any of these (or perhaps other) office items be around in 10 years?