Via slashdot.org, here is a New Yorker book review about the history of technology. It’s very well written and the point it makes, which comes from the book being reviewed, is that we are surrounded by technology of all vintages, not all of which we are consciously thinking of as technology. How about an old teapot that makes a really good cup of tea? Cutlery? The tried-and-true method of executing a condemned person by hanging? Did you know that the U.S. military is finding horses really useful in operations such as the current ones in Afghanistan? All in all, this is a fascinating essay, well worth reading.