Back then I could understand if people refused to buy desktop computers because they were costly but the rule of the economics of scale changed all that. Desktops and laptops have changed from luxury items to necessity items for work. I remembered how adults used to tell the younger children, “We managed the business — NOT YOU so don’t you even tell us what to change!” Sadly that kind of mentality is one of the reasons why businesses fail. How can you expect to deal with a LONG LINE of customers if you’re stuck in a broken cash register that nobody is willing to fix?
I remembered arguing with a bank once and said, “Ma’am you can’t fax a book! Why do I have to fax? There’s email and standard mail!” Sadly, that bank relationship officer was so stupid not to see how you can’t fax a book. One of the biggest dangers of fax machines is that ANYBODY can easily grab the document. It reminded me of how an answer key that was faxed was easily stolen by students. The most secure way to send a document is through express mail! Hmmm I wonder do they still request for bottle mail?
Still using those oh-so unreliable floppy disk and hard disk drives
I remembered working on high school term paper and my printer broke. I wanted to go to the Internet cafe. I wanted to transfer my work on the document and guess what — the file was TOO LARGE to be put in a diskette! It’s so stupid how I had teachers who still requested for floppy disks in the mid 2000s. Really? The diskettes themselves are not even reliable. Today, you have the Universal Serial Bus which can store PLENTY OF FILES MORE than these stupid diskettes which I’m glad are gone!
Still using those paper-eating monsters called typewriters
Why I don’t like typewriters is this — one mistake is that I had to everything all over again. Another reason is that my typing speed is compromised. I sort of facedesked when we still used typewriters for typing class in my first year of high school. Fortunately, they were all thrown out in favor of typing lessons using PCs. It would be stupid to give your employees typewriters to make their documents and complain why paper usage is sky high and why work efficiency and effectiveness is very low.
Which in turn makes you wonder why do we even do protectionism to start with? Protectionism doesn’t even help businesses grow! Instead, protectionism encourages Filipino-owned businesses to stagnate. Why some businesses in the Philippines refuse to evolve is due to a lack of competition. But give them enough competition in the form of foreign direct investors and they will be forced to upgrade in order to survive. If they don’t upgrade then they won’t survive, get it?