People by nature tend to look forward for the next big thing and build solutions accordingly. However, I think it’s also important to look back and ask key questions to gauge the usefulness of “old” technology because there are times when the past hinders the future. E-mail is a striking example.
E-mail started (depending on whom you ask) in 1961 with MIT’s CTSS (Compatible Time Sharing Program) during a time when long-distance telephone calls were expensive and other techniques such as text chat were non-existent. This system laid the foundation for electronic text information exchange.