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I have been working with general purpose computers since the mid 70s and made a pretty good career out of it until I retired 10 years ago. I don't do facebook because it violates my computer security rules and I strongly disagree with facebook's data-mining business model.

In my view, the reason email, BBs, and forums like this one seem to be out of favor is that general purpose computers are becoming dinosaurs in favor of mainstream ipads and smart phones. Last year I upgraded my 10-year-old desktop computer and discovered new components are becoming difficult to find. This may be the last time I can upgrade it, since I suspect in 10 years, the desktop computer will not be available. That gives me a warm fuzzy, but then in 10 years I may not care.

The way I see it, if someone only allows responses from me via facebook and/or twitter, then they don't get a response, which effectively self-limits their help.

Girvin Herr

On 01/25/2014 12:07 PM, anne-ology wrote:
        as for me, I don't even know what AskLO is -
            and probably don't want to know if it's similar to Facebook,
        because I too don't want all the additional spam ...
            or the minute-by-minute diaries of the inane.

        I too have been using these computers since the days of the BBs  ;-)
            and see no reason why e-mail should be considered out-of-date.

        BTW - it irks me when someone requests a reply only through facebook
or twittering ... ... ...
           (I happen to enjoy watching, & listening, to the birds, yet they
stay in the yard)

From: CVAlkan <>
Date: Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 1:29 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: low traffic lately?

Hi Tom:

Just my two cents. I've tried using AskLO several times and have never
figured out how to set up an account, so I hope you don't drop this in favor
of AskLO.

Maybe I'm just dense (and I've only been using computers and bulletin boards
and mailing lists and their descendants since the mid-80s), but all I see
are ways to sign in using Google or Facebook and so forth, and I don't have
any of those accounts, and don't want them, since I get enough spam already
and don't have much interest in cat videos or what my neighbors had for

Sorry - I'll go away now.


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