Pneumatic tubes and other newfangled devices

Interesting news out of the year end report on the state of the Federal Judiciary from Chief Justice Roberts–

The Supreme Court will bypass the federal judiciary’s somewhat troubled electronic case-filing system in favor of its own, expected to come in 2016. But the chief justice’s accounting is perhaps most useful for what, with a bit of between-the-lines reading, it reveals about why, he admits, “the courts will often choose to be late to the harvest of American ingenuity.”

The history of the pneumatic tube and the Supreme Court’s slow adoption of it is discussed in the first few pages, making this anything but a dry read.