Old Technology Display
This “old” technology display on display the Fort Wayne History Museum can make you feel really old if you used these technologies when they were “new” and are now near obsolete or on its way to being such in an enclosed plastic case.
When I got out of college and took a Word Processing class at Ivy Tech, as it was a “new” and something I thought could give me an edge is finding good job and it used 5 1/4 inch floppies. I temped at over a dozen places that year and none of the places I temped at yet had upgraded…mostly typewriters, some still manual. Only a few had fax machines (not in the case above) and all of them used “thermal paper” that would fade to nothing over time.
When I started at the bank in 1991, they had just gotten computers and they used 3 1/2 floppy disks, although now most larger companies do not have the option to save to an external drive for security purposes. 3 1/2 inch disks are still occasionally used; some older Sony Mavica Cameras use a disk drive; I have one and had to buy an external drive that plugs into a USB port even on my 10-year-old computer.
Above, the thing with the two floppy disc drive in the center of top is probably not a computer, but a word processor and above it not a color monitor but a CRT where the screen was black and the words were in green, but at least you could edit and print off without retyping something all over again or use white out or correction tape, which always looked messy and unprofessional.
On the bottom left are zip drive disks, which would hold larger, compressed data, and could be “unzipped”. Even today there are zip files online where you download then unzip files, but it usually to the computer, a thumb drive, SD card, or external drive.
Thumb drives are still used, as are CDs, but the direction is going more to online storage or access to an account instead of downloading as more people use their Smartphones instead of a computer.