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Life Without a Net


Life Without a Net

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Rodney Landrum
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What I'm even more concerned about is lost learning due to the fact that certain programs and formats are no longer available. Imagine, for instance, if someday in the future that MS no longer supports the .DOC format. Only those lucky enough to have a legacy copy of Word will be able to recover the information. Oh, but wait... will the legacy copy actually work on that future operating system? Think about it... even most printer aren't actually capable of printing a simple text file using the DOS copy command anymore. Instead, "DOS" prints through Windows and without the necessary drivers, you can't even print a text file without some form of Windows interaction anymore.

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I'm still trying to get over the cognitive dissonance generated by having to post to this forum to have the discussion.
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Due to Internet we learn lot, share our knowledge, make SSC type of solid group, we can help others in the areas that we know or want to know. But at same time, we are now habitual. Whenever I am at home and not able to check SSC - new post, question of day then I am thinking that something is missing today :-)

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Isn't that the whole point of technology - that it makes life easier to the point of becoming, literally, an extension of the individual? This in turn allows the individual to perform their tasks - or live their lives - better or more conveniently.
True, eras gone by were simpler - perhaps - and certainly involved more personal effort. But then again, so did learning Latin...the arrow of time is relentlessly forward-looking, and we have little choice but to adapt to that. In 20 years' time, perhaps I will just think this response, and it will type itself...bring it on!
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Brilliant though provoking editorial Rodney, thanks for sharing.

It provoked so much comment inspiration on my part that I conceded to writing a post of my own.....

Life Without a Net - My comment


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Agh: "Morg, quick throw spear".
Morg: "Hit it. Good! Deer down."
[Later around the dinner fire]
Morg: "Agh, I don't know. First knife, then spear. I miss the days when I use to hunt with my bare hands."
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I also lament the days when I knew stuff off the top of my head. I remember resisting the GUI tools, I wanted to know what was under the hood. It is great to be able to work without the internet, but as with many things, I try not to make it wrong that we can. I think the truth is that we should always do the best we can with the best we have. My parents lived through the 1930s. They, and many of their contemporaries, then spent a life worrying about what happened by living as if it might happen again. I think we all would have "advanced" much more if they had been able to live in what is happening now instead of what might happen again. Or, to bring this philosophical meandering back to the topic, Just Do, Don't Sweat.

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I think you hit the nail on the head when you talked about the Internet being an extension. You trust it to act as shared memory, in the same way that you trust your wife to remember things like when the dog's vet appointment is. It's a relationship and if you lose it, you get anxious. I was getting anxious just reading your account of having no access. Perhaps stuff like this is what disaster stories of the future will be like?
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Jeff Moden (11/1/2010)
What I'm even more concerned about is lost learning due to the fact that certain programs and formats are no longer available.


For long term storage anything in bits and bytes is propably not the best option. A general recommendation within the genealogical community for example is printing on high quality paper and distribution of as much copies as possible over several libraries.

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“SSIS, SSRS, cluster administration, performance tuning, and strong ability to look up any answer I do not know, or have not retained since the last lookup.”

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