Old Tech: The Obsolete Gadgets You Just Couldn’t Bear to Throw Away
“One of the issues that people are facing now is the manner by how to dispose of their old gadgets, as they get supplanted by more current, more grounded, all the more capable version. Some people are often having a hard time on letting go of obsolete innovation for any number of reasons, from sentimental through aesthetic or financial to a determination to outfox the future by showing that the old stuff still works.”
Look at the pictures submitted to our GuardianWitness project about old technology. Remote controls idle on set-top boxes, the objects of their spent beams long since gone. There is a record player whose turntable last turned a decade ago. A VHS: say no more. A radio whose tuning knob disappeared years ago, but which, intact, made a wonderful childhood birthday present and which, therefore, is waiting for a better ending than disposal. Although, of course, there is no other ending: that is why it’s still on the mantelpiece. Best leave the inventory there.
People hold on to outdated technology for any number of reasons, from sentimental through aesthetic or financial to a determination to outfox the future by showing that the old stuff still works. And, sometimes, simply to disprove the idea that there is no progress without renewal. After all, if you don’t flinch at the decrepitude of your belongings, perhaps you don’t flinch at the decrepitude of yourself. Maybe we are all old-tech.
We asked some of you why you were holding on to something that technological advances had left behind, but which you could not bring themselves to relinquish. Here are your stories…