pencil and paper
An archaic information storage and transmission device that works by depositing
smears of graphite on bleached wood pulp. More recent developments in
paper-based technology include improved "write-once" update devices which use
tiny rolling heads similar to mouse balls to deposit coloured pigment. All these
devices require an operator skilled at so-called "handwriting" technique. These
technologies are ubiquitous outside hackerdom, but nearly forgotten inside it.
Most hackers had terrible handwriting to begin with, and years of keyboarding
tend to have encouraged it to degrade further. Perhaps for this reason, hackers
deprecate pencil-and-paper technology and often resist using it in any but the
most trivial contexts.
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