Farhad Manjoo Reader Takeover: Tell our technology columnist which outdated technology to reassess.
Tell Farhad Manjoo Which Technology To Reassess: The PalmPilot? Zune? MySpace?
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Oct. 22 2012 3:37 AM

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Which outdated technology should he reassess? (The PalmPilot? Zune? MySpace?)

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Farhad Manjoo

"Send me back in time."

Farhad Manjoo

Slate Technology Reporter

In my weekly technology column, I usually write about new stuff—the latest, and sometimes greatest, blinking thing on the shelves. But I often hear from readers who are stuck in the past. They believe today's gadgets are bloated with features they'll never use, they're too expensive, and they aren't as well-made as the technology of yore. Well, here's your chance to send me back in time. As part of the Slate Reader Takeover, you can name an old-school, perhaps originally overlooked technology for me to assess. I'll peer back at the winning technology (or tech category) and I'll decide whether, in retrospect, the thing was better than we all remember—or perhaps why it's best forgotten after all.

What should I review?

10 votes
Internet Explorer 4
10 votes
Microsoft's Zune music player
10 votes
10 votes
The PalmPilot
10 votes

This poll will close at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.