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US Census Drop's PDA, Adopts Pencil and Paper

Sometimes it is easy to overlook how good 'old' style technologies are. For example, pencil and paper has automatic 100% handwriting recognition, is zoomable, viewable from any angle in any light conditions and is compatible with any number of filing systems.

As such the US Census Bureau will be ditching its PDAs in favor of paper and pencil for the 2010 census. To be honest this makes sense on a number of levels.

Sure it goes against our natural urge to geo-tag, document and process data on site via an edge connection, preferably while streaming video, but sometimes its easier to go old school.

We are just looking at our gps pda enabled mapping system for a campus route finder and thinking it might be better to use paper, a pencil and a compass - this could catch on.

Picked up via Engadget..

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