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Is Paper Dead?


StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
29 Jan 2014 9:12PM



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monstersnowman 9 1.7k 1 England
29 Jan 2014 10:12PM
Discuss ....
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 11:14PM
you can't wipe your bum on pixels, so for me, no - paper is not dead! Grin
tpfkapm 3 151 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 7:11AM
Yes
I tried feeding some, getting it to move away from a hostile flame.
Pretty useless at reproducing etc... Finally gave up and declared it dead
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
30 Jan 2014 10:58AM
Paper is not dead, I doubt it will ever die either.

Reasons are many, One of which Brian has already mentioned, Many moons ago I was involved with an outfit that was going all computerised, They where spending several hundred thousand quid on the whole show too, The goons at the top declared this will mean a " Paper Free " environment...Grin

Well it did not see a paper free environment, In short the stupidly expensive operation would have failed completely, But for the addition of some note pads & pencils, That I might add cost just a few quid by comparison, When I say it would have failed, I mean dangerously failed, Even now several generations of multi thousands of bucks worth of upgrades, There is still a need for the note pads & pencils.....Grin Smile Wink

When you have no power supply, When the batteries are flat, It is night so no solar devices, All the fancy gadgets in the world become nothing more than land fill.

So keep a note pad and pencil handy, While your at it have a few trained pigeons around to, Then it will mean business as usual despite the post apocalyptic situation.

Well almost...!!!
MikeA 10 1.2k England
30 Jan 2014 11:00AM
Is paper dead..........10yrs on................ is paper dead................10yrs on.................. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Wink
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 2:40PM
It might not be dead but it dosn't have anywhere near the importance it used to have.

A conversation with my mum yesterday:
Me: I'm working from home
Mum: Oh don't they mind
Me: Nope - I get more done
Mum: But arn't there things you need in filing cabinets
Me: We don't have any filing cabinets
Mum: But what about if you want to send a letter
Me: We don't send letters, thats what email is for
Mum: Oh, what about writing a cheque...
Me: Bank transfers
Mum: Instruction Manuals?
Me: On the web or ebooks
Mum: talking to the people you work with ?
Me: Most are in HK/Tokyo/NY or another builfding so its usually IM or email anyway.
Mum: Oh, s you can actually do your job from home...

There is paper in our our office but napkins and tissues out number print outs by a long way.
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 3:17PM
The French there does not say that paper is dead - it says that paper will never die. Not quite the same thing and a different discussion really.

Your mum must be very old, lobsterboy. I am taking my 96 year old aunty out for lunch next week. We make the arrangements by email.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 3:27PM

Quote:Paper is not dead, I doubt it will ever die either.

Reasons are many, One of which Brian has already mentioned, Many moons ago I was involved with an outfit that was going all computerised, They where spending several hundred thousand quid on the whole show too, The goons at the top declared this will mean a " Paper Free " environment...Grin

Well it did not see a paper free environment, In short the stupidly expensive operation would have failed completely, But for the addition of some note pads & pencils, That I might add cost just a few quid by comparison, When I say it would have failed, I mean dangerously failed, Even now several generations of multi thousands of bucks worth of upgrades, There is still a need for the note pads & pencils.....Grin Smile Wink

When you have no power supply, When the batteries are flat, It is night so no solar devices, All the fancy gadgets in the world become nothing more than land fill.

So keep a note pad and pencil handy, While your at it have a few trained pigeons around to, Then it will mean business as usual despite the post apocalyptic situation.

Well almost...!!!



About 10 years ago I was working for the family company and we went for ISO9002 accreditation.
We thought about going for 9001 accreditation and part of that included environmental impact including paper wastage. The irony was that we had to have masses of hard copy files to show the assessments we had done! We didn't bother.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 3:46PM

Quote:Your mum must be very old, lobsterboy. I am taking my 96 year old aunty out for lunch next week. We make the arrangements by email.


Oh no shes 80 but happy to text & email. She just has trouble conceiving of a work place where paper is pretty much irrelevant.
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 4:00PM

Quote:Oh no shes 80 but happy to text & email. She just has trouble conceiving of a work place where paper is pretty much irrelevant.


Oh, right. In offices themselves I read recently that consumption of paper is greater than it ever was, mainly because they used to employ professionals to type stuff and now it is done by the normal staff themselves with consequently much greater wastage. Also, because computers make it so simple to print stuff out, people do so.

I must say that what letters I get now are often semi-literate and written in awful 'I am supportive of' instead of 'I support', bureaucratic jargon.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 4:44PM
I'm sure that used to be true, but in the last 2-3 years the drop has been quite dramatic where I work. People moan if any process involves paper and it has been eliminated from almost every business process.

I can't imagine we are being very innovative compared to other businesses.
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 5:24PM

Quote:I'm sure that used to be true, but in the last 2-3 years the drop has been quite dramatic where I work.


Interesting. I expect that your office mirrors most others.

Most of the printed stuff I get now is to do with my bank. Everything I do is online but they have to send out sheaves of stuff for money laundering and regulatory reasons. Whether anyone ever reads it I don't know but I suppose it keeps the makers of paper shredders in business.
puertouk 3 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 5:58PM
We have bidets out here in Tenerife, so, no paper required. If you've not got a bidet, stick a water pipe at the rear of the toilet and when finished, turn the tap on and if you don't have a mixer tap, tough! Your bum gets cold or it burns! BlushTongue
answersonapostcard e2
10 12.7k 15 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 6:12PM
I'm down to my last pack of A4 copier paper, normally I would panic and be on to the stockists but I'm not too bothered for the next couple of weeks or so Grin

wherever we can its pdfs, and email.

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