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Journal technoCon's Journal: why technoCon, part deux

I am also something of a contrarian where it comes to technology.

1) A Jaguar design engineer told me once he was into CAD: cardboard aided design. Don't mess with a complicated finite element analysis when you can answer a question with something simple and low-tech.

2) I agree with Clifford Stoll's notion that libraries and schools can get along quite nicely with minimum computerization. Give me stacks to walk through and see which books are shelved next to each other. On the other hand, if you could put all the content of a decent library online, that'd be way cool to google THAT.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

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