Magazine article ARMA Records Management Quarterly

Strokes.From the Penn

Magazine article ARMA Records Management Quarterly

Strokes.From the Penn

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I'm not exactly a "cutting edge" kind of guy. My home office consists of a rolltop desk and wooden file cabinet. Of course, many people collect antique furniture, so maybe that isn't all that unusual, but until fairly recently I also used a 1922 Western Electric rotary telephone. I wasn't able to have "call waiting," but I considered that sort of like being unable to contract anthrax.

As long as a piece of equipment does what I want it to do, I see no need to replace it with something else just because it's newer. As I have proven over and over again by having people listen to my 1960s-era tube-driven stereo system (a similar model is in the Smithsonian museum), newer is not necessarily better.

And yet, I must admit, there is a difference between new equipment and new ideas. Ignore the former and maybe you'll get left standing at a traffic light. Ignore the latter and the future will become the past while you're dreaming.

We stand, today, at the threshold of a new century. …

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