In a world where technology is the word on what is popular and what is old hat, we tend to trend toward what the world of technology can produce that is new and exciting, but what some fail to realize is that the new doesn’t always make the old the worse idea. Sometimes, advances in tech, as exciting as they are may not be necessary and, occasionally, they are worse than the prior invention. Below are three examples where it might be a better idea to stick to the older technological standard.
Everyone who is anyone loves to take pictures. We do not always love to be a part of them, but for the most part, they are the way that we record our memories. Whether it be a family reunion, a hike with friends, or a sleepover gone awry, we love to take pictures. As the years have gone by the technology that allows us to capture moments like these has advanced considerably. Here’s the thing, though. It has been proven that you can get a better quality with the old film cameras than you can with the digital ones.
If you are a beginning photographer, a digital camera is a great learning tool. It’s much easier to see your mistakes quickly. When you have got the hang of it, switch to a film camera. Digital cameras can almost match the quality of the best film cameras, but will kill your wallet doing so and the eat your batteries like candy. Not to mention, since going digital, some of the best film cameras are available for much lower prices than you would think.
All of us, at one time or another, have had a whole in a shirt or a pair of jeans that needed to be patched. Grandmothers everywhere have memories of sewing whole outfits for their husbands and children. It was the way of life. Sewing machines are still very helpful in today’s society and have been “upgraded” considerably. However, the basics are proving to be the better tech.
For example, say you need to repair a leather belt. Leather is a difficult material to get through, no matter what tool you are using, but if you intend to use a sewing machine, you better jump back to the 1912 Singer version, because the majority of today’s machines lack the strength to penetrate the leather. A 1912 Singer will sew through it like a shark through water.
Simple machines aren’t the only thing that would be better off hanging with the ways of the old. Businesses all over the world are constantly looking for that one foot forward; the next best thing that will propel their business to the forefront of whatever field they are in. The majority of the time, new technology can be a great asset and if used correctly can mean the difference between being a household name and being the obscure underdog.
However, sometimes sticking to what you’re used to can mean a stronger foundation for your business. There are occasions that the latest technology may not fit your company and using it just because it is new and groundbreaking could cause you unforeseen problems in the very near future.
Keeping things old school may not be the most popular idea all the time, but in the end, the older, proven technology can be a nice reliable anchor that alleviates the “what if” stress of whether it will do its job or not which means better efficiency and less time fixing mishaps. It’s a winner all the way around.