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Paperless Idea Catcher

Those who regularly read my blog know that when I’m at home I employ a number of ‘low tech’ whiteboards as part of my paperless strategy. They’re ideal for the ‘on the fly’ brain dumping of reminders, things to do, information from phone calls and most importantly for me - idea capturing.

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The environmental cost of CTRL-P?

Ben Watson, Group Manager for Adobe’s Developer Relations Team, has posted a great article on his blog IMHO about the environmental damage (in terms of tree cost) caused by society’s insistence on printing everything.

Ben eloquently concludes, after extensive Google based research and some nifty maths work :o), that ubiquitous printer use has “nothing to do with technology preference, choice or anything like that. It is still all about lifestyle, choices, safe thinking and preservation of ritual”

It’s that last bit - ‘preservation of ritual’ that strikes the biggest chord with me. I’ve always thought that one of the biggest obstacles for any organisation aiming for paperless operation was those stubborn individuals who stick by their ‘that’s the way it’s always been done’ ethos and never ever move to a more paper friendly computerised operation (the more aged universities are notorious for this). Ben however highlights another group of people – those who have moved to using computers but seem to take comfort in exercising nostalgic preservation by printing copies of everything electronic.

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Amazon 'kindle' the e-book market

This device may look like a prop that William Shatner wielded around some alien landscape in an episode of Star Trek but it is actually Amazon's new e-book reader the Kindle. Sporting a 600 x 800 electrophoretic display the Kindle is fully rechargable and comes with 256 meg of flash memory, wireless modem and an SD card and headphone socket (to facilatate audiobooks?) making the unit a competitive match for the eagerly awaited Sony Reader (provided the price is right)

I'm all for e-book readers. Any device that makes our world less paper dependent is fine by me. However I'm also a little concerned that this battle to corner the e-book market may cancel out the environmental benefits as consumers are forced to purchase multiple e-book devices to cope with multiple e-book formats. I guess only time will tell ::via EndGadget

Epigraphists set to ‘bury’ pen and paper in favour of AutoCad

RevezautocadAccording to National Geographic News Jean Revez, professor of Egyptian history at the University of Montreal in Canada, is developing a high-tech scanning technique that  uses a modified version of AutoCad to allow epigraphists (archeologists who interpret ancient inscriptions) to complete their work faster and easier in a fully paperless manner.

Currently epigraphists use tracing paper over photographic images of monuments to map out targeted inscriptions. As a result, as any good epigraphist could tell you (such as Peter Brand working at the Temple of Karnak site), an epigraphist’s job can be highly time consuming and laborious.

However thanks to Prof. Revez, epigraphists may find they now have a little more time on their hands. He and his development team’s modified version of AutoCad allows for images of an inscription covered monument to be combined leaving epigraphists with a complete digital model of the monument which they can manipulate and scan to their heart’s content.

The new article also mentions another digitally based archeological tool being developed by Dimitri Laboury of the University of Liège in Belgium so head over there if your curiosity has been sparked.  ::via Notebookism

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'Paperless' companies shooting themselves in the foot?

Niallpic Niall Cook over at his Marketing Technology blog at Hill & Knowlton brings up an interesting story about how he tried to open an new account with a bank and was consequently not allowed to present a print-out of his 'paperless' BT phone bill as a valid domestic bill. While I can, to some degree, accept why the bank would do this I can see a huge potential problem for people who have 100% migrated their bills to a paperless option (as can everyone else no doubt - it's pretty obvious)

It is perhaps a little more than ironic that those companies requesting a vaild paper copy of a bill from potential new customers are usually the same companies promoting paperless benefits to existing customers in the first place. These companies should perhaps split their paperless marketing team in half with that new 'half' devoting their time and energy on finding methods for authenticating paperless bills or better still finding different ways to authenticate/validate their new customers.

I agree completely with Niall. This kind of obstacle presents a HUGE 'fly in the ointment' in encouraging us all to turn paperless and until that 'fly' is removed then 100% paperless billing is nothing more than a non-viable pipe dream.

Thanks for the great post Niall.

British TabletPCers - Where are You?!?

Robwantsyou Are you a TabletPC aficionado living in the UK? Do you often get the feeling that you’re the only one in the country who owns a TabletPC because 1) you’ve never, or hardly ever, seen anyone else using one? (I’ve only ever seen two others) or 2) everyone looks at you very strangely when you’re using your Tablet? (although I CAN come up with numerous reasons for why people look at me strangely) Do you often feel that almost all TabletPC ‘chatter’ on the Internet comes with a distinctly American flavor (sorry….flavour) making you feel, even though you love your US cousins, even more disconnected? (not to mention exhausted at having to continually convert US $s to UK £s and translate all those quirky American spellings of words  :o) )

Then Read On…..

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