What Was It like to Work in An Office before the Birth of Personal?

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What was it like to work in an office before the birth of personal computers, email, and fax machines?

Before computers and the Internet we relied on pen, paper, typewriters (or the typing pool), carbon paper, sliderules, adding machines, card index systems, huge filing cabinets and the post room. However, in my experience meetings were less common than today because people frequently met face-to-face to conduct everyday business and iron out any issues. Oh, and I nearly forgot...we also had a 'tea lady' with a trolley that trundled around the corridors with drinks and freshly made snacks - no synthetic food from a vending machine!

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When businesses become obsolete entirely and no longer meet the needs of customers, they tend to go out of business. A business dies when customers stop using the service, or if an entity no longer meets the needs of customers. If all the computers running your office have floppy disks, then your business is dead. If your business doesn't print on paper, it will also be dead. If you can’t use a file manager, your business is dead. You’re stuck with a few hard-coded systems that may be easier to work with, but if you’re a manager, you won't have any need for one. Companies that don't do anything useful are doomed. So we know that older technologies are good. Why do we still use them? Many things that might seem too slow, too expensive, or too outdated to be worth keeping on your own computer are in fact.

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