We've all heard that a
million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually
reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare.
Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
, University of California at Berkeley, 1996
about how Internet newsgroups are being ruined by lazy spammers,
misusing them for tasks better suited to the Web anyway.
The tools I use
I'm perfectly happy to use "old"
versions. Most of this stuff is available in much more recent
versions, often with the orignal company having been taken over! But,
"if it ain't broke, don't fix [or upgarde] it"...
4.0, to write HTML. I used to use
just a text editor, but it was getting a bit too complex to maintain
and check everything.
's ScanJet G2710, for scanning text and
X4, to touch up scanned images
, for generating my book review pages.
10, for recognising scanned text.
5.0, to format mathematics, saving the result as transparent
s. (Or I occassionally use
view on screen, grab the image into Paint Shop Pro, and save as a
. One day I'll get around to
, for finding broken links.
Using OCR leads to some fun misreadings, like Steinbeck's
lesser-known soft-furnishing classic
The Drapes of Wrath
that obscure branch of the mathematics of fruit
of prune numbers
Consider the answer you might receive by
asking a school pupil the question "What is two plus two?"
in each of the past five decades: