What Old Tech Are You Hesitant to Give Up?

There’s a particular joy associated with new tech. It can be so fun to explore something new, especially if it’s exposing you to new capabilities you haven’t used before. But there’s also something to be said for old tech, whether it’s desktop or laptop, a peripheral, mobile or a smart home product. No matter what it is, you may have become attached to it and are hesitant to give it up, for whatever reason. We asked our writers, “What old tech are you hesitant to give up?”

Derrik struggled to come up with any technology that he uses day to day that’s he’s just holding onto, as he says he’s “very enthusiastic about changing things.” However, once he really thought about it he realized they he doesn’t throw away his old PCs. “Instead I end up turning them into servers.”

Trevor is going old school. What he doesn’t want to give up is “pen and paper for note-taking.” He also doesn’t want to give up “phone calls or face-to-face communication,” as he feels there is more communication with that than email back and forth. Basically it seems he’s not very hesitant to give up his tech. Alexfeels the same about paper and pen. He notes he’s tried “100 times to transition to using Notes or something else, but nothing beats the user experience of a piece of dang paper and a pen.”

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Phil thinks it’s “easy to overlook old tech ways of doing things” such as “the time the Internet went out, and it took us a day to realise we could hook up a modem for old school Internet.” In addition he mentions the time he found his phone had died and couldn’t call or a ride, and once he was about the walk home, he noticed a payphone that he’d never noticed before. He also notes he’s “always looking for ways to repurpose old tech in my home to get more life out of it.”

Simon explains one of the machines he still uses is very old. “It was my first build from scratch, and it runs an Intel Core 2 Due E6750 processor.” If he’s looking for something system-intensive or is trying a new OS, he’ll use another of his machines, but for basic writing, video watching, and even indie game-playing, that old machine “still holds up surprisingly well.” He could easily replace it for cheap, but as his first build, he has “such an attachment to it that I can’t let it go so easily” as it’s taught him many things. The only way he’ll “willingly” get rid of it is if a critical component dies.

At first I struggled to answer this question, then I realized I’m hesitant to get rid of any of my old tech. I still have all my old computers, even the ones that are non-functioning, and my first one was bought when my son was an infant. And he’ll turn 24 in a few months. This is old tech. I’ve always used Macs and have a Performa, two iMacs, and three laptops that aren’t used anymore. I should certainly get rid of the ones that don’t work, but I don’t. I talk about it, but I don’t. I don’t even use the Mac Mini that I have that does work, as I prefer my iPad, yet I’m still hesitant of getting rid of those old Macs.

Look around your home or office. What are you still holding onto? Is there something you’re not wanting to give up? Why don’t you want to give your old tech up? What old tech are you hesitant to give up? Let us know in the comments section below.

8 comments

  1. There are many “old tech” that I don’t want to give up just yet. I still prefer to use old electronic communication tolls like SMS and email, when people now say messaging apps is the wave of the future. I still have a landline phone at home. I still use a fax machine at the office. I still have Windows 7 in my office PC. My version of uTorrent is 2.2.1 (before it was corrupted by Bittorrent Inc). I rarely play new games on Steam, and my favorites are oldies like Age of Empires 2 & 3. I still play Starcraft 1 because it’s better. I still play Diablo 2 because it’s better. I play Counter Strike Source rather than CS:GO. My clipboard manager is ClipX, which was last updated nine years ago.

    Etc.

  2. I have to admit, I haven’t given up the ‘pen and paper’, but never even considered it something TO give up :). I STILL use DOS (IBM DOS 6.0 is my favorite; it supports REXX, which works great with OS2 (how old tech is that?)). DOS also has an advantage over Windows/Linux/OS2: it usually recovers pretty good from a power loss (like when a storm hits, or the thing just pisses me off and I unplug it :)

  3. I’m holding on for dear life to my Lenovo ThinkPad T-20’a and T-430’s…..I’ve already loaded them all up with 18GB of RAM and 1TB “spinning” drives…(not a fan of SSD drives, I’m not willing to risk anything getting “overwritten” or removed accidentally!) There’s also an iMac (from 2006!!) that runs Linux Mint 18.x and the Cinnamon desktop interface. I’m one of those who hold on to old tech until it stops working and is unrepairable!!

  4. At work we have a HP Laserjet 5 printer from 1999 that we still use. I’d give up on it, but it has the cheapest toner per page of any printer I’ve found..

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