Ten years ago I was a slave to my office machines, I had to have my scanner, fax, PC, phone and printer. Now almost everything I need is attached to my smartphone including my internet fax service which also serves as my scanner. The only downside is now I have no excuse to ever miss a call, fax or email.
Really, I think the big story is the internet and its ubiquitous availability.
This has made radical simplification of hardware possible. My essential
hardware is now
mac laptop and mac desktop at work
2 large + 3 small paper notebooks (circa or equivalent)
smallest moleskine pocket notebook, with tear-out sheets
Pilot G-2 pens
I have the Davidco folders and notetaker wallet, but don't use them routinely anymore.
Paper is not quite gone from my life, but pretty transient.
Software is a different issue. For productivity, I use ical, omnifocus, address book and evernote.
In many ways not so different from the palm, but tremendously more effective.
On the other hand, the day planner is gone forever, and good riddance- it never worked that well for me.
Eset Vs Microsoft Security Essentials
A vast range of productivity tools are available today than what was in the market 10 years ago. Depending on my own requirement and suitability I can always choose. Moreover, I can always upgrade to the next version whenever the need arises.