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Subject: [Leica] The high price of progress
From: masonster at (David Mason)
Date: Thu Mar 3 18:28:42 2005
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ribbons to daisywheels? manual to electric? bohemoth to cool-compact
Hemingway models? Just because they lasted longer doesn't mean there
wasnt change. I still have an old alpha-based computer that was made
in the early 80s - it runs fine its just that there were computers out
there that were better. I can run linux on it for free - I used to use
it as a firewall and still could if I wanted to. To me the whole
argument for "fast paced" digital age has as much to do with nostalgia
as anything else.


On Thu,  3 Mar 2005 21:06:08 -0500, dnygr <> wrote:
> Someone wrote regarding Contax that certain camera manufacturers didn't 
> predict how quickly the change to digital would be and noted how 
> typewriter manufacturers had done the same thing.
> What a costly change it has been to move from typewriters fo computerized 
> word processing. Every few years, our equipment needs to be replaced 
> because it is dated. That rate of change and its accompanying cost was not 
> true of the typewriter age. I'm not speaking against the change, but I am 
> noting that many of us now are spending a lot more money to type our 
> messages than we would be if we still used typewriters. I fear the same 
> will be true for our photography. We will be spending money on new cameras 
> as ours become obsolete. If we print our own photos, we will be spending 
> outrageous amounts on printer ink (doesn't it seem that printer ink sells 
> for about $3,000 a gallon!).
> What it boils down to, in my estimatin, is that you and I will be spending 
> a lot more money in the digitl camera age. It looks like the price of 
> progress.
> Doug Nygren
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