Re: IT’s angry young man (Nov. 26)

What is more interesting about your Russell Smith/Joan Didion comments is the age of the two writers. I doubt it was your intent, but you make it sound as if Didion is younger than Smith. It’s not even close. Too often younger is equated with being aware of and responsive to technological change and innovation while older equals ignorant/resistance.

There are indeed two types of people in the world: The narrow-minded and the open-minded. There’s nothing to be done about the former except hope there are more of the latter.

Bruce Winning

P.S. Sooner or later the sock turns up or you lose another one and then you have a pair again.

Re: IT’s angry young man (Nov. 26)

I think deep down you must agree to some extent with Russell otherwise you wouldn’t have written about his column.

I graduated from the University of Waterloo in Math and Computer Science and have felt all along that as cool as technology is and how liberating it is for me, there is at least 68% of the population that are computer-challenged. This stuff has got to be made easier to use, pure and simple.

I think small (not too small, WAP devices are just dumb) appliance wireless electronics makers (Palm, RIM et al.) are on the right track. People want it easier to use and smaller.

Steve Aho
Second Foundation Consulting/Enterprise Advisors

Re: IT’s angry young man (Nov. 26)

Russell Smith is an idiot. It’s not the “technologists” that “promise us that new machines will enable us to do magical things.” It’s the sales and marketing people who work for the technologists. Sales and marketing people who are just as handicapped as Russell is.

Jason Knell

Re: Compaq exec insists merger with HP is on track (Nov. 20)

I’ve held off on sending this for a while – but this whole deal stinks.

Now my point of view is probably different than anyone else’s. I’m an IT guy for a small company. I’m often up to my elbows in a PC. I’ve worked on both HPs and Compaqs, and our corporate IT policy is that WE WILL NEVER BUY A COMPAQ. Quite frankly they are a pain in the neck to work on. They appear to be designed to be maintained by authorized service depots only.

HP on the other hand builds a computer that is accessible and easy to work on.

A merger between these two companies makes no sense. HP with it’s open architecture, and Compaq with their “You’re-too-stupid-to-work-on-this-computer” attitude are a lousy fit.

Wayne Borean

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