Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:I thought one of the main benefits of computers, was to eventually replace hard copies/books, etc.
Theoretically, yes. In practice, having to weed through all kinds of online resources to find the information you need, often turns out to be a lot more time consuming than just read a book on the topic, which tends to be much more concises and balanced, because someone has invested time in collecting and organizing the information already. Whether that "book" is printed on dead trees or stored electronically somehow is quite beside the point
Whenever I need to learn something new, I also prefer to pick up a book on the subject, to give me enough of a head start so I can much more effectively use the online resources available. It gives you a head start in the learning curve, so to say
I don't disagree with that. However, we were talking about creating a book out of all the info found here on this site.
My point was, why bother? If for no other reason, you can't search a hard copy book for a string of characters ( words) like you can here.
In practice, having to weed through all kinds of online resources to find the information you need,
that is much easier on the net than it has ever been in the "real" world. then saving either the links to that information or the information itself so that you can access it at your wish, is another benefit of doing it the electronic way.
Dont' get me wrong, I have been an avid reader my entire life ( 58 years )and I have probably read thousands of books of all kinds.
However, I still believe that having information stored electronically is the way to go.