scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Pubs on "The Web"
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Sat Jun 10 1972 - 20:30:31 CDT
On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, (MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle) wrote:
> Randall Reed earlier wrote something that I wanted to save for this
> weekend. He wrote in part:
> "Then we can get rid of the paper copies." That's true to a point. We are
> STILL not to a point whereby EVERYONE has universal access to a personal
> computer fast enough, "smart enough" and with the right "accessories" to
> download an entire training package from a website. That's fact. Maybe in
> another five or ten years, but NOT in 2000. Even if we were to tell people
> to "go to their library and download this stuff", every page of printed
> material COST MONEY. So, we're back at the "paper copies" and versions of
> the materials.
I'd like to speak up on behalf of professionally published paper copies!
I'm gettin' just a wee tad tired of buying a complex program and NOT
finding a manual inside, just a HELP file which I may, if I choose to
spend a day and a ream of paper, print out for myself, thus saving money.
Or, the new microwave didn't have much in the way of instructions in its
plastic baggie, but there WAS a URL. Oh, PUH-leeze! I'm fixing dinner
and can't quite figure out whether a standing rib roast should be
defrosted as ground meat, steaks, or chicken pieces, and I'm going to
dash off to the computer, log on, hit the website and waste 15 minutes
trying to find the "on-line manual" ??? I am NOT thinking so.
(BTW: You know how to tell if a Klingon has been using your computer?
Wite-out and Hi-Lite on the screen)
So how DO you hi-lite the "important" parts of a 12 page guideline that
is in handy electronic format? Or how DO you access same from the App
Trail? About the time you get to the part of the .pdf that has what you
need, your battery dies or the phone signal fades with a passing breeze.
Nope, gimme a nice professionally printed document.