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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Computers and Typewriters


I just read an article about people who prefer using typewriters to computers. I have to admit that I am sympathetic. On the one hand, when you use a typewriter, you don't have to worry about losing data, or making sure that a battery is charged. On the other hand, typing on a computer makes editing far, far easier: I would much rather write a 40-page essay on a computer than on a typewriter. I would have to have to retype all 40 pages, rather than just change a sentence here or there.

I feel similarly about cell phones. I like having a land line because I never have to worry about reception, or dropped calls, or whether the battery has enough charge. On the other hand, cell phones are extremely convenient. So, I'm torn.

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