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Computers Vs. The Old Fashioned Days

By comp1systems ·
I think it would be safe to say that computers run nearly
95% of both our professional and personal lives. We do
everything on it from shopping on the internet, to talking
with our friends via messenger, to use speech programs to
prepare documents, and much much more. But what about
that group of individuals who have spent the last years
refusing to purchase a computer let alone learn how to use
one? Gripping to the manual typewriters, outdated fax
machines. Content with the fact that doing things the old
fashioned way is the better way and that computers are just
too confusing to become associated with.

Concerned with the time it would take to be trained.
Concerned with cost and the need to pay salaries for
trained employees. If you consider how much more time
could be saved with the use of a computer and the
opportunities available, I am certain that old fashion will
become history.

In today's world of modern technology, features on a
computer and in applications have made it possible to
complete projects in record breaking time. I discovered
that a project that would have taken me nearly three days
to complete, will take me about a day and a half. A mailing
consisting of 150 addresses would have taken me probably
a week to prepare and to mail out. Now a project of this
magnitude would take me a day (given I start early enough
in the day).

Computers come with providing simplicity to our lives and
the way in which we use them. They allow us to reduce
paper files because of backup capabilities and databases
we take advantage of.

I think it's time the old fashioned moved into the arena of
modern technology. And with the number of IT
professionals at their disposal, they would never have to
worry about being burdened with computer problems.
There's always someone to call.

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The other side....

by caestelle In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

For the most part I agree with what you are saying...but like all things there is another side. There are some people that, not only does the thought of them using a computer scare them, but it scares me. For those people using a computer may not help them become more productive or make their lives more simplified, rather it would probably do the opposite and make things more difficult. Some people just need to stick with a pencil and paper. The reason being, is that computers are not always the most user friendly things and not everyone has the capacity to learn how to use them properly, therefore hindering their progress rather than helping. But hey...that is just my two cents.

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Mont Blanc

by dafe2 In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

Even today, with all the technology at (my) disposal I still use a pen more often than not.

I still read a paper book and usually go for the pen before the PDA.

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by tbragsda In reply to Mont Blanc

I love pens. Been using fountain pens for much of my life. Like the Mont Blanc, but not as much as others. The plastic bugs me on a 300$ pen.


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Absolutely, but I have to call them

by dafe2 In reply to Fountain?

Writing wife saw the last two invoices. LOL

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Wifie gets them for me.

by tbragsda In reply to Absolutely, but I have to ...

Shes a artist, and can justify her large expense on brushes by feeding my pen needs. I don't like spending soo much on myself, on a thing that is clearley a luxury.

With that said, what a joy working with a real pen. Im also a woodworker. I would compair using a good pen to the difference between using a boxcutter and a good chisel.

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All Wrong

by Roger99a In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

I still can't believe people actually trust these noisy failure prone electronic devices to keep important data. Filing cabinets don't crash. People in foreign contries don't break into them and steal paper, and thousands of peoples credit card information wouldn't get stolen nearly so easily. And to think I make a living taking care of these miserable contraptions.

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It all sounds so good......

by Black Panther In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

It all sounds so good doesn't it.

I have been using computers for over 25 years since the 286 days.

Don't get me wrong I think technology is great and that is why I am in the business but...

often these thoughts cross my mind..

I have seen what wonderfull advancements have been made...for every new technological advancement I have seen companies wave goodbye to staff....staff who have been loyal for years...dumped onto the stockpile of society..too old to get another job...( now over 40 isn't that sad!!! )

I have experienced the "quickening" a society that lives in a world of rush, pressure, deadlines, timelines, cost-cutting, cut-throat, anger and depression, 24 X 7 availability, and inter-connectivity through the internet, mobile ( cell ) phones.

I have met people who have never experienced a sunrise or sunset - they work 16 hours a day 6 days a week, they have not a moment of peace to themselves,,, they are bombarded by the media ( subconciencously brainwashed without knowing it ).... and we wonder why there are so many sucicides and 1 in 4 people are depressed...

should i go on.......


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by TonytheTiger In reply to It all sounds so good.... ...

Gee, and to think I remember when the 'power users' had the IBMs with TWO floppy drives :^)

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by tbragsda In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

As much as we progress, the tasks stay about the same. We have three cogs, people-process-systems. Need something done, do we need more people, better process, or a system.

Point is, its not that different than the day of ledger books, and fileing cabnets.

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by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Computers Vs. The Old Fas ...

I had to learn to use a typewriter and a fax come to think of it. Was just as much training in the old days as there is now. Except of course in IT, where in the early days world class boffinry was required as opposed to a copy of VB and a bit of paper.
As for computers making our lives simpler, don't think so myself, by definition they are only capable of simple tasks. Put a lot of simple things together and you get some something complex
but anyone of us is several orders of magnitude more complex than all our computer systems.
One thing they have done is make people less valuable in general, we've become computerized and it would be nice if the biological computers that really make the world tick got a bit more notice.

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