Still (Oddly) Analogue

Still (Oddly) Analogue

Summary: I want everything online, everything mobile. I’m land-line-less, paperless and in-person-less as much as possible. Except for a handful of analogue devices I just can’t let go of.

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I was resizing some images for this blog a few days ago, and as Preview makes me do the math when I do that, I needed a calculator. (Boy, do I waste my Mathematics degree!)

Did I grab my phone? No. Did I open Calculator on my Mac? Nope. I went to my drawer of outdated-but-still-useful items and pulled out this:

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I know. But hey, it was early in the morning and my first cup of coffee still hadn’t kicked in. I needed help dividing by four.

I'm so mobile-centric, but for reasons I can't explain, I much prefer my trusty TI-80 than some on-screen version. And my calculator isn’t the only thing.

  • An audiophile, I still buy vinyl records and prefer physical CDs over downloads (even when, say NIN's latest album is available in Apple Lossless and FLAC). There is something very special about holding, reading and studying an LP cover as you listen to the album – something a digital version can never match. No MP3 will ever warn you "This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station." Plus, with classic albums, vinyl gives you that great, warm sound—and ensures you are not a causality of the loudness wars.

  • I still carry a mini Moleskin notebook at all times for various scribblings. At work, I still go through huge numbers of notebooks, but thanks to Livescribe and Evernote, at least they’re synced to the cloud, and I don’t need to keep my draw full of old notebooks (just in case...)

  • I still have real Post-it notes attached to my laptop. I know! But Evernote’s Post-it integration might save me.
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Are there any analogue devices you still use (irrationally), or am I the only one?

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Diarmuid Mallon is the Director, Global Marketing Solutions & Programs – Mobile, which includes the SAP Mobile Services division and SAP Mobile solutions. He has worked in the mobile industry since 1996. Follow him here at ÜberTech and @diarmuidmallon.

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  • It is hard to let go sometimes.

    Casio FX-550 calculator is used a lot, even used it to check a programming problem once or twice.

    Magnifying glass to read those micro instruction manuals you get these days. Finally have to use the online maual when can get to a computer to download one if available..

    Paper: yes I still rely on paper. You can spill your drink on it, drop it and fold it many times to fit it in a pocket and best of all no batteries needed.
  • vinyl records

    Inconvinient as they are they still sound better. Real music, live instruments and voices are analogue after all so why record them to digital then convert back to analogue out of your speakers. Keep it AAA and it will sould more real. More like the artist intended.
  • Analog?

    Diarmuid, Ahanse...

    Your calculators may be old school and single purpose.. but they as digital devices just like your computers, phones, gps units, tvs.

    Its analog precursor, of course, is the slide rule.

    (ps: Very hard to come up with an analog device on which I still depend. Clock? Thermostat? Of course not. Key? Some, but fewer. Meat thermometer? Not since my birthday. Tape measure? Nope. Bought a Bosch laser. Wait, here we are. I still use a bubble level. )
    Dov Jacobson