I read a lot of technology stories on the internet, and although I see things originating from many parts of the world, I will say that the country of Russia rarely shows up in technology stories. Nope. “Russia” simply does not pop into the front of the mind when we think “technology”.
Therefore, it was particularly interesting to me this week to come across not one, but two Russia-related technology stories. One showing promise of a big leap forward, while the other slips them back a decade or two for the future.
First the leap ahead:It’s called a Yota phone, and this Russian company will be releasing it within Russia later this year (other countries to follow.)
The Yota phone, an android, is a unique combination of an LCD screen on one side, and an e-ink screen on the other side. This makes for a greatly extended battery life, as the e-ink screen needs very little power as opposed to the bright LCD screen.
One thing that technology has done is to take “information leaks” to a whole new level.
So the Russian agency that safeguards Kremlin communications has decided that the safest thing to do is to go back to paper, and they have placed an order for $15,000 worth of good-old electric typewriters.
Apparently they are also using this retro method in their defense department, in emergency ministries, and for some secret reports for President Vladimir Putin.
To read more: Russia Reportedly Goes Retro to Keep Kremlin Secrets
Electric typewriters! I wonder if they still make carbon paper? I remember sticking the carbon between two sheets of white paper, lining them up just so, and then carefully rolling them into the typewriter, hoping they didn’t get misaligned as I started to roll them into place.
I wonder if this reach-back to typewriters in happening anywhere else? Keep an eye out for purple fingers, the telltale sign of a retro-fitted office. 😆