[NAFEX] Pomona in PDF
bmayfield at columbia-center.org
Sun Mar 2 16:38:37 EST 2003
To the list,
The issue is not pro or anti-computers. Computers are great for what they
do best--fast communication for exchange of information and performance of
tedious jobs. But they are not good for relaxed hobby reading.
I just finished checking a copy of a pdf newsletter on another list.
To begin with, it took 6 minutes to download (and I have a 56 modem).
Then there was the tiresome scrolling from page to page while crouched in
front of the computer. I don't choose to invest $2500 or so in a laptop to
supplement my desktoop.
And finally, there is the problem of storage and referring back to an
article at some future time. It is much faster to take a back copy off a
book shelf and flip through it than to scroll back and forth through
As far as cost is concerned, it is only the Adobe Acrobat reader that is
free--the program to post articles costs big bucks. And there would be
additional costs for archival storage, with the risk that a change of
servers or a new virus could wipe out archives. (Not an imaginary danger.
There was some European travel magazine that lost its store of archived
photos a couple years ago when the Love Bug virus hit.)
Some people have advocated a choice, with the implication that a printed
version would have more expensive dues. But the online version would have
its own set of costs,
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