Letters to the Editor

Technical tirade

May 3, 2007


To the editor:

Technology! I am sick of it! This was lauded to be a "paperless society." The biggest pile of paper is at the community printer of most enterprises! My bank tells me they are making my money more safe; now I just cannot find out about it. They have some information tech geek that has sold them a bill of goods in the name of security, and now I cannot find out anything!

And this newspaper has gone and changed a perfectly good format for its Web site. I had to look for 10 minutes to find the place to submit this letter. Why cannot these information tech geeks leave well enough alone? We are not all latter-day electronic wizards; we do not all carry cell phones, BlackBerries, blueberries, whatever berries to keep in up-to-the-second touch with every insignificant factoid in the universe.

Paperless society, indeed. If it were not for newsprint and the printed copy of this newspaper, I would still be looking for yesterday's news! Gads.

Fred Whitehead,



classclown 11 years ago

And when we got home, we chopped enough wood for the week. Everyday.

Sigmund 11 years ago

Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!

Ragingbear 11 years ago

Hmm. I noticed that I did not know off-hand how to get to the "submit a letter to the editor" link. So I looked for it. Took me all of 3 seconds.


gabbo 11 years ago

In my day....we walked at least two-score miles to the schooling house. Uphill, and in the snow both ways...and we liked it!!!

Linda Endicott 11 years ago

If anything major ever happens to our power supply, though, RT, or if we ever get to the point when they have to ration power, the places that insisted on having a backup paper copy will be damned glad they did it.

Yeah...paperless, my arse...computers can and do malfunction for no apparent reason. They will eat files for no apparent reason. And if you don't have backups, and backups of backups, you're SOL...

I get the letter writer's frustration. Not everyone is under 30 and a computer geek. Not everyone's lives revolve around their electronic devices.

Jamesaust 11 years ago

I enjoyed this letter immensely.

Janet Lowther 11 years ago

Of course techs break things.

It's what they do.

When they break things it is on the way to making what they hope is a better product.

It's the price of progress.

A friend of mine who was an orthopedic tech used to say that better is the worst enemy of good enough.

Ragingbear 11 years ago

I remember when we had to save up our money and have a bum buy our porn for us from the store. And then all we got to see were boobies. AND WE LIKED IT DAG BURNIT!

bevy 11 years ago

Raginbear- you're killin' me!

I just logged on to this site for the first time in a long while, and my first reaction was WTF! (If you're not a techno-geek, that stands for "What The Firetruck?" if you take a few letters out of firetruck.

I'll learn to navigate it in a few minutes, I'm sure, but I feel the guy's pain. I admire the fact that he, unlike many "older" folks, reads the web version at all.

But you can't make stuff better without breaking it. Besides, it was more likely a designer-type than a true geek that made the changes here.

Confrontation 11 years ago

"We are not all latter-day electronic wizards"

Why not just buy a paper? If this is too difficult for you, then stop visiting the site.

verity 11 years ago

I agree about the paperless society---didn't work that way. We were also told that because of computers we all would only have to work 20 hours a week. (Anybody else remember that promise?) The deadlines just became tighter.

On the other hand, I'm 59 and I love technology. No land line (which was mainly used by telemarketers, who I no longer have to deal with). No waxy buildup on my hands from hand paste-up of newspapers, etc., for printing. And best of all, no more hours in the darkroom, chemical stains and so forth. I can take pictures and have a finished photo in less then an hour. I could go on and on. Darn, I love technology.

And if we keep learning new things, it might even help protect us against Alzheimer's. Well, that's what I read on the internet, anyway.

altarego 11 years ago

Computers make it easier than ever to waste paper. Just mash the button.

Hang in there, Fred. It's only going to get worse.

Linda Endicott 11 years ago

Yeah, Verity, now you only have to mess with all that toner for the copy machine, and ink cartridges for the printers.

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