Being in the software business, it’s in our best interest to always be watching and utilizing the newest technology to keep up with the market and customers. People want the best and newest that’s available. Anything older just won’t do!

But how many of us – when confronted with the newest tech gadget or hot new website – scratch our heads and say, “I don’t get it, what was wrong with the old way of doing this?”

Out With the New, In With the Old

By THOMAS BARTLETT

Progress is overrated. Or so says Martin A. Rice, Jr., an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He has no love for the computer (the keys are “too mushy,” he says). He despises PowerPoint. He prefers plain paper over glowing screens. If he could go back to making copies on a mimeograph, he would. “I’m fond of the old and suspicious of the new,” he says.

Mr. Rice explains all this over a rotary telephone from the 1970s. Later he bangs out a follow-up message on his 1938 Underwood Champion portable typewriter. Mr. Rice will often write a letter on his typewriter, scan it into his computer, and then send the image as an e-mail attachment. “Some people are tickled by it,” he says. “Some people are absolutely annoyed.”

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