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At 12:50 25/03/2014 -0400, Charles Marcus wrote:
On 3/25/2014 8:51 AM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I suppose people can still build spreadsheets by inserting numbers into cells and then pulling out their pocket calculators to add up the column of numbers (I've seen my students do that).

This is so not even remotely reasonable analogy it really irks me.

Please don't be irked. The point is relevant and genuine: given the option, people will often use simple methods and fail to exploit the power of any facility. That's unfortunate. Indeed, even people who have learned efficient techniques will occasionally revert to less efficient methods. In doing so, they reinforce their memory of the poor techniques and make it even less likely they will harness the power of the product next time they need the same facility. That's one reason why good employers retrain their staff regularly.

Brian Barker

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