I know I'm dating myself by writing this... however,I fondly remember using the following technologies in the office:
GestetnerMachine - A great way to obtain multi-copies of a document and tone your shoulders at the same time. Telegraph The only way to arrange the date and time for long distance call (because it super-expensive to talk on the phone)! Dial telephone That good-old-dial phone had a LOT of benefits. For one, the dial's rotation time gave you TIME to THINK before you opened your mouth to speak. Busy Signal The beep-beep-beep may have been annoying if you were the one trying to get through, however taking your phone OFF the HOOK was the best way to send the message that you didn't want to talk and it was absolutely the best way to take a break. Inter-office memos Four pages - white, pink, yellow and green. Every page had a different meaning and everyone knew what the meaning was. There were no multiple messages. No never-ending streams of emails. Sigh... It was bliss. Liquid Paper A dab of liquid paper took a full minute to dry. If you tried to rush liquid paper you had start over. Today I need to rely on my Apple Watch to remind me to take a breathing break. Typewriters And people complain of carpal tunnel... pshaw! Try pounding out an full page letter on a standard Underwood! It's not for ninnies! Fax machines Okay... not that long ago... but a dinosaur by today's standards.
The speed at which we once worked seems tortoise-like by today's speed-demon-standards. Connecting took more time (you had to plan to connect), more energy (you walked to a person's desk) and more thought (you didn't do it all the time.)
Today we've got the phone and on the phone we've have apps. Apps delete the need for people. Apps answer any question, resolve any issue, source any service, fulfil any need - instantly.
But how long will it be until even the app is ancient history?