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Hi-Tech, Low Drag

May 31st, 2008

At the time when I entered my first job in the late 80’s and the early 90’s, office equipments were still not that complicated to operate. Early Personal Computer printers require only a ribbon for an ink. It was not much of a hassle to change a ribbon from a dot-matrix printer. But the transition from one ancient form of equipment to the next most modern one was fast and furious and it seem to happen overnight. While we were sleeping, new gadgets and equipments invaded the world.

In the morning we found ourselves sweating over the simplest of tasks, that of changing the toner cartridges of a laser printer. We, the older citizens, took sometime to understand how these new gizmos work. We suddenly find ourselves in a world were every piece of equipment and gadget shrunk but its functions became more complex. What once was a cabinet-sized copier, suddenly shrunk into an equipment that can occupy only the one fourth part of a table. Not only did it shrunk in size, now it assumed at least three tasks into one machine. Amazing how a fax machine, copier and printer is now rolled into one.

Amusingly younger people can handle these equipments easily like they’re just playing with toys, while we sweat and labor hard just to replace inkjet cartridges or toner cartridges. The next time we find ourselves becoming experts with these machines, a new and more complex machine was just delivered into our offices. It’s a Hi-tech world and a low drag me.

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