Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It has been the primary driving force behind all the major film and television releases in the last 10 years, such as with the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises. ZDNet’s parent company, CBS, is no exception. It’s been making quite a go of it — taking advantage of that nostalgia trend by re-casting familiar iconic characters on Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access. In CBS prime time, the revival of Hawaii Five-O is renewed for its 9th season. And now, so has Magnum, P.I., as if it was back from the dead, sans Tom Selleck’s mustache. A bout of nostalgia A fondness for reviving old brands is happening with tech as well. Palm seems to think that people have the same attachment to tech legacies as we do stuff like Luke Skywalker and Mister Spock. But I digress. Most of the time, I feel that our fondness for the old comes from a frustration with the present and the complexities that often come along with it. We tend to look at old things, particularly technology, with rose-colored glasses. Also: The tech that changed us: 50 years of breakthroughs We’re looking at it from afar and tend to cherry-pick the aspects of these systems we really liked while ignoring a lot of shortcomings that we ended up having to address in the future. I had a bout of nostalgia recently when Ben Rudolph, an all-around great guy and global head of Microsoft’s retail services, tweeted… [Read full story]
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