November 3, 2003

Helpful tip #501

It's odd how the more electronical gadgets we buy, the more we are dependent on paper. Each machine has it's little instruction booklet, and if you lose that, you might as well throw the machine away.

But I think I've finally got the tiresome paperwork under control. I'm putting them all in a few 3-ring binders. Every time we buy a new widget, I grab the manual and drill holes in it to fit the binders. (I've got a scrap of wood with holes pre-drilled to match the rings--I just clamp it on the manual and drill though.) Also I tape a copy of the receipt in the book, in case it's needed for warranty work.

A binder is like a book. Reliable. A friend. It will sit there on the shelf for decades, waiting patiently for you. It doesn't get up and walk about, like certain other material objects I could name. And you can sit in a comfortable chair to study it.

Books, also, unlike digital files, won't become useless because the software that wrote them has become obsolete (i.e. over 5 years old). Or the necessary computer or OS can no longer be found, except in the more impoverished elementary schools. Or the storage media is no longer used: "Grandma, what were floppys?"

Posted by John Weidner at November 3, 2003 8:35 PM
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