CDs and Obsolete Technologies

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Next month is our annual Architectural Showcase issue, but we're already hard at work selecting photos and laying out each submission. Photos for each project come to us in one of several ways: uploaded to our FTP site, sent via a file transfer site such as Dropbox, or mailed on a CD or thumb drive.

That will have to change next year. As I opened and logged the hardcopy submissions, I came across a submitter who had opted to send photos via CD. I pulled the disc out of its case and went to insert it into the CD drive on my Mac — or where the drive had been on my previous Mac. Our IT guy had upgraded my hardware several months ago, but this was the first occasion on which I noticed the component lacking.

I asked around the office and eventually found an old laptop in the conference room outfitted with a CD drive, one of the last vestiges of a technology that had risen from innovation and fallen into obsolescence during my lifetime. Later that week, I packed up the stacks of CDs cluttering my office shelves and put them in a box to be recycled.

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