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Some people readily embrace any given technology, others are dragged kicking and screaming into it. There’s a third set that try to, or pretend to, make use of these tools, but maybe shouldn’t. They use a technology but somehow completely miss the point of it. I had to take a snip – Vista’s Snipping tool – of something that really illustrates this.

I was reading an article about Vista by way of a link e-mailed to me by Microsoft. As with most of these types of publications there is a facility to add a comment or rate the article.  Such feedback is what Web 2.0 is all about and it propels this whole social media concept.  There were 5 comments added to the article. These are the first two – lets ignore the spelling and grammar for now.

Print?!

Snipped from comments on a MicroSoft website article

There was a 3rd comment also noting the lack of a feature to print the article for “future reference”.  If your the type of person that regularly prints e-mails then perhaps you can explain this need to have a piece of paper in your hand, then store it for ‘future reference’. How are you going to find that piece of paper later even if you remember that you have it? How can it be more convienient than keeping and searching through e-mails or dragging a shortcut to your desktop or any number of other ways to file the article for future reference? Where are you going to be when you might need it? And in particular to that first poster – You could save a LOT more paper by tossing your printer in the garbage!

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2 Comments

    • S.J.
    • Posted March 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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    wow.. are these people for real? Printer Friendly version? I’m confused.

    • grejen711
    • Posted March 5, 2009 at 6:49 pm
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    I’m thinking they printed the article by using the browser’s print function and got pages and pages of graphics. Still… a silly idea to print anything on the Web eh?


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