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[ba-unrev-talk] the myth of the paperless office

This notice, "The news about paper," from the BBC News Online, talks about
a commonly noted phenomenon -- the fact that computers seem to have
increased, not decreased, the use of paper:    (01)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/low/english/sci/tech/newsid_1666000/1666325.stm    (02)

The conclusions of Abigail Sellen and Richard Harper, who just published
the book, _The Myth of the Paperless Office_, was summarized as follows:    (03)

  "The UK researchers conclude that the main reason paper remains popular
  is because technology has produced nothing that can match it in terms of
  usability and familiarity."    (04)

Doug and Ted Nelson have made this observation over and over and over
again.    (05)

There are some things about paper upon which technology may not be able to
improve.  However, there are many areas where digital technology should be
inherently better than paper.  So why haven't people implemented these
systems?    (06)

-Eugene    (07)

+=== Eugene Eric Kim ===== eekim@eekim.com ===== http://www.eekim.com/ ===+
|       "Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they        |
+=====  can have an excuse to drink alcohol."  --Steve Martin  ===========+    (08)