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Digital nonsenses (03/02/11 22:32:35)
    You are right. There are a lot of wastes in digital world. word processors and easy cut and paste allow more "content" to be put in any work.

    Academics are more prolific, thanks to cut and paste.
    PDFs are more big on size and short on meaning.
    Technical manuals are almost completely useless because they waste pages in explaining the obvious, and do not delve in important concepts. It is easier to be judged on pages produced than on content quality.
    Lots of wasted megapixels in cameras mean lots of megabyte waste in the storage.
    Openoffice is just one of the few softwares that is actually zipping its save-files.
    Emails are longer, due to long, repeated signatures, and to absurd disclaimers (the email disclaimers are really too funny). When replying, we usually reattach the whole history, so to be sure to add redundancy.
    Spam traffic is filling our networks. And email delivery is not so reliable, because sometimes even good emails are filtered out (try to send emails with viagra word in the subject).
    Software Contracts and licenses are pure noise. Nobody reads them.
    Do you have an apple device, like ipod/iphone/ipad? About 80 pages of legalese trash you should read before clicking.
    Pictures, bitmaps, icons and video everywhere. Very often meaning gets lost.
    Faster networks imply many more negotiation signals. Lots of babbling even when no real traffic is there.
    Backups: on average every single file on the main storage exist in the backup at least 25 times. And of course important data manages to get lost even in this case.

    And communication channels need to be filtered: if everyone is calling, the single call is getting less important.

    We are recording more and more of our lives. But a full hour recording requires a full hour to be reproduced. So this is a waste. We can not record everything, because doing so we would never be able to re-watch. Life is short. Filters are needed in the first time. Even if technology gives us the storage, everything will end up in a fast-forward loop: A fast forward recording of a fast-forwarded

    We are drowning in data,
    But good poetry is still short.


    If there were no clouds
    boring would be always blue skies.

    And sparkling jewels are there
    in a whole life,
    a few carefully chosen moments
    to be framed
    without polaroid

    Even to be lost
    and yes, wasted
    tears in the rain.


    The shorter the story
    the deeper the meaning.


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