August 22, 2011 | Advice

Why computers will never fully take over

I’m always at odds with people who say that communicating “the old-fashioned” way is dying. They say that print and paper as a means to document, communicate and store information is essentially dead. But what I notice in my daily life is that these two things are starting to live in perfect harmony with a merging of the “new” technologies and the “old-fashioned”, touchy feely stuff. Example: Business card vs computer address book My computer is about 2 ½ years old, which is ancient for technology. I long for a better, faster, more awesome computer, but it doesn’t makes sense for me right now. I store all of my contact information on my computer, which is linked to our server. It’s a GREAT way to keep track of thousands of business and personal contacts. But lately, connecting to my address book has been really slow. This morning I tried to pull up someones phone number to give them a quick call. It seemed like it was taking forever. Then I saw the business card of the person I was trying to call, sitting right there on the top of a stack of cards I keep on my desk. I found the phone number in 1 second and was dialing. The phone number eventually came up in my computer, but I was already on the phone. Keep in mind that all of this happened in a span of about 10 seconds. I think that computers are amazing. Technology is amazing. Cloud computing is amazing. But there will always be people, probably a majority of people, that are a little bit behind on updating their expensive equipment and thus, everything will seem to run a little bit slower than it should. No matter what happens with your technology, the old-fashioned way of communicating still works great, and can often be refreshingly human. I’m calling for a truce on the cries to abandon print and paper and for people to see it’s future as one that can live in harmony with the greatest technology. Humorous PS: I struggled mightily with Tumblr as I tried to post this entry. It was giving me all kinds of fits, as if to say that it too rejects the notion that print isn’t going anywhere. But I prevailed, and forced it through anyway. Long live print!