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Has the Sunday Times finally broken the mould, a much loved Sunday News paper will be on the internet, where you can pay a subscription fee, to read this fantastic, traditional Sunday morning paper, in its all splendour supplements and magazines galore, where you flick through all the magazines and supplements, at your leisure, whistled munching on your toast and drinking your cup of tea.  

Will this take the Sunday morning ritual to a next level, have we lost that ever pressing me time, that we all love, at the weekend.

I am in the middle of, so far an eight month research report ,into the Concept of the Paperless office and an Investigation into secondary paper activities, this you may be surprised, has a great deal of how we read form the internet and the computer screen.

I have taken a independent survey, of what areas of the screen is designed for reading, this type of research is nothing new, you can buy a eye tracker, quite easily, this gives you an idea of what a person is looking at, whilst looking at the screen, my survey, wanted to calculate what area, has been designed for reading and what has not, the finding, indicates that approximately 40% of the screen, is not related to what you are reading., another finding, found what most people read in sub paragraph form, i.e. that people prefer to scan what is on the screen, instead of read the whole article, I am sure that the Sunday times have done there research, and I hope that the webpage design of the Sunday times breaks all the rule, in the layout and design and brings a new life to reading form the screen.

If they do, and I think they should, they have a brand name and respect, for what they do, could this be what we have been waiting for, I hope so, if it does fail, or should I say not as popular as they excepted, then some of the blame, must go to the designers of the computers, that except the public to be apart of the super highway infrastructure, using nothing part form a piece of string and a tin can.

summer time


summer time

I thought I heard a bird, singing in back yard , yesterday , must have been mistaken, but sating that, the clock move this weekend, is it back or is it forwards, never can remember.

Snow since December, is this how we will remember this winter, so far I have heard, that it’s going to be a good summer, plenty of sun, all I can say, is, I really hope so, light when we wake up in the morning, and still light when we finish work, change the duvet, to the lighter tog, and put away the thick jumpers and woolly socks,

Orange juice in the back yard with the smell of freshly cut grass! can’t wait, summer time is coming.

 Be happy

paperless office report

Coming close to finishing my Paperless Office Report, just short of 100 pages, 7 months later, covering everything to the history, destructive innovation within the wave cycle, a new alternative product and secondary paper activities complete with survey and facility studies carried out form various office environments.

The report should be completed within the next month! ish !!!!!!


Martin Smith

As you can appreciate, each subject that is connected to the paperless office, you could quite easily write a project on each area, as the project is about the paperless office , I’am trying to cover the main areas, and also some of the,  less areas but these areas. in my mind are connected , buy not directly connected, the section, regarding the reading from the screen and also web sites , to some people, this will not seem to be connected to the paperless office,

All the other aspect that the paperless office, should be covered, to the extent, what do you do in the office!!, how do spend you time in the work environment, people must read documents and information , to understand what there instructions are, and if you have to read a report and findings to any extent, to perform your duties, how can you except ,that the people will what to read the information on the screen , if research has shown that, generally people do not like reading form a screen  and the general layout of a standard web page design is not design for reading, only scan reading, this must bring to your attention, that they may be an area on concern, and the answer is not to print the information, obliviously this is defeating the object of the paperless office.

But so far form my finding, the issue has not been questioned, to the level of an answer that has been addressed to the general public and also been accepted by the general public.

As we have discussed that reading does play a big part in the role of a paperless office, an other role that does play, is an area of touch, or in a computer science, this may be in the area of haptics, as we all know haptics, is playing a part already, with the introduction touch screens, this is quite common, now, especially in the mobile phone industry, all the latest I phones are haptic, i.e.  Touch screen technology, can this play a part in the development of the paperless office.

One question, I have asked myself, is that, why has the development of the mobile phone, become more a social item and of course the development of the web or inter net, which has, become one of the biggest, social and media tools, the world has witnessed, but why has the development or the social process design of the computer stopped, when I say the computer, I mean the screen, hard drive compartment and the key board.

This design has not changed , for at least 15 years, the only area, what I what call , which was a social and revolutionary change, was the computer mouse, which came about approximately in 1984, form apple, but if you think about the general design, this has not changed at all, if we where to copy the accelerating rate of design technology as the mobile phone has, and we stayed at the same rate as the mobile phone, the hard drive would be a size of cigarette packed, if there would be a hard drive at all, the screen , would probably folding or beamed form a small box, that would be 3D , some thing like out of the star wars movies, the keyboard would probably only voice activated, or thought controlled, these might be a bit next generation , but I think you understand where I coming from, please don’t get me wrong, they are fit for purpose and do the job , we ask to do, but if we keep, accelerating at this rate with , the mobile phone and the net both as social accepted designs and service, what about the good old computer itself.


Been away from the blog from some time now, with Christmas and my exams, although my final year engineering project of the Paperless office is coming on slowly but surly.

I have been reading one of the better quality books, Myths of the Paperless Office, ( Sellen and Harper ) concentrating on the section of how we read paper and all the other surrounding attributes regarding this section.

Depending on how and who you are to an extent, you may be wondering why, we are looking at this section, if you do think about how the paperless office has or will carry on into the future, we must see how and why and what people read, weather it more business or  pleasure, do we still use books or the net, and are we still printing out every thing we need read or are we starting to read and collecting information from the net, as you can image reading can be done in all sort of areas, static , moving, bits of paper to remain you of certain things etc.

One thing that has jump out, is that if you want to read form the net, and not wanting to print out the article, is that, if you, let’s say, you want to read an article or a report, the design of the page or screen, for any  standard website has certain not been designed for reading, when I say reading, we mean, to sit down and read an article or report, which will take you more than, 4 minutes, next time you want to read an report or an article, form a webpage, take a closer look at the surround features and advertising which covers the article or report, you could say, much to distractions, the eye will have to look at the surrounding non information to take the whole page into account. We are not saying this, to all the things you read on the net, e mails and short messages, are great as they are, but when you have to read , and I mean read, the web is not designed for this feature, which takes us into the question, why place it, on the web in the first place, these are just a few areas, that have been looked at, one of the answers my be a reading mode button, that just views the contents of what you want to read with no advertising or distractions, or we might say that the general public, just might not ready for a culture change to read form a screen and not a piece of paper.

If we look at both the sections in quite some details, over a period of approximately 34 years, where the paperless office has been mentioned, you could say to yourself that not a real lot has happened ,over that 34 years,, there has certainly been major ups and downs, over the years, but on a closer, examination, you will probably notice, that it is more to do with the increasing rate of the technology, has increased over the years, and not the paperless office idea, that has increased, or developed in time.

I have mentioned and I will mention, again, that the idea, was first mentioned back in 1975, and what I would call, more recognized, to the general public, I think I should change that description, to that it is more recognized, that the idea could be possible, as and when the software has be come more available, to the main stream, although, this has not developed into the system for a paperless office.

The book which was published in 2002 by Harper and  Sellen, form Surrey University, was a major stepping stone, in the right direction, not as a technology step or even a break through, it covered an area, which has not be covered, by anybody else, and to this day, the possible area, of social behavior towards, what has become, an everyday object, for every single person,, and if you thing about it, can you change, that over night, and the true full answer is no you can not, no matter how good the software is, or even the computer programmer company, who can design the best system in the word.

It looked at the view, of a piece of paper and not as an computer system, how we read the piece of paper and how we react to it, and how we socially behavior in everyday use, this is major step, in tying to understand how the paperless office, could be used, and how could the every day person, to a certain degree, not use a piece of paper, as I said if you are studying engineering, you have to look at every possible angle, to try to understand it, before you can even try to move or bring it forward into the next generation.

The technology of the paperless office, in real terms, has gone nowhere, to the degree of that, all it has done, is carried itself, with the technology race, as a whole, it has not taken a certain direction, weather this was to the right, left or even centre, it has just stayed with the rest of the systems, this could be of a few things, do we really need a paperless office, at the moment, are we forcing our selves, into a situation, that has happen , form external forces, what are the force, is it the green, environment factor, that we all have to seems to be concerned about, or is it, the situation , where  we have trapped ourselves into a corner, and we must try to design a system, just because we feel we need to do, our are we just trying to keep up with the Jones .

An other indices within the history, is that the technology aspect, the development, seems to be very precarious, to the degree, that it can not seem, to bottom it self out, and obtain a straight to steady line, if the technology, did find a true path, you would find that the rest of the technology would follow, this is not happing with this system, I have mentioned in an other section, that it looks like a very big washing machine, where people or companies, will invest into a system, which has one job only, and if you think about it, the paperless  office will never find a path to follow, and all the other companies, will not be able to follow, that path and break off, from it, and develop any further, or worst system that could, push the all the other system.

If you look at all the, if you want to call them inventions or milestones to where a technology break through had happen, you will need to have a look at the Product K cycles within the schumpters wave, the paperless office does have a new invention, to bring it forward to more acceptable level, but you will notice from the schumpter wave , all ideas and new concept have a starting point, and a path will follow, naturally, and then you could say, that the paperless office could be a think of the future, until then, I do believe, that we will keep going round and round. Until nothing happens, technology will not stop, it might slow down, if the general economy slows down as it has done just recently, but the paperless office will always keep trying to entry our system as a sociable and accepted way of life

Fun Factory

Ten hours to go, the start of another gruelling shift ahead, get there 15 minutes before the 2/10 shift, place your over sized welly’s on, and make sure that you have two pair of socks, smooth cotton and the thick woollie type sock , just to keep your feet warm, wash your hands with the purple and blue soap, form the hand squeezer ,dry your hands with the new super fast hand dryer, and if you are lucky , you just might get the hand cream so your hand don’t split around the wigs of your finger nails, just a another start to the 2/10 shift.

Before you start ,make sure that the hair net is covering all of your hair, and if you could not be bothered to have shave the night before, wear the snoop, that funny looking thing, that fit’s around your chin and face, and after all that, you just might be ready for your 2/10 shift.

The factory is already of hustle and bustle form the shift before, all the different languages are talking, some polish, some English, some cheq, and a language, that you quite don’t under stand yet.

Walk pass the factory line, the machine have been working 24 hours flat, not faltering around and round they seems to be in continuous moving world that time seems to have no meaning, fit on your blue thin gloves with a twang, wear two pairs instead, just to make sure that the first pair does not split, and now you are all ready for your 2/10 shift

 The radio in the back ground playing the same songs, You heard yesterday, walking through the factory floor, and you finally get to your working area, and of course it has to be right next to the freezer section, with the big sliding doors open all the time, because of the constant traffic in and out of the large freezer, the boss tells you, what’s to be done, and your are off, keeping moving, looking down the conveyer belt, waiting for the first item, that has to be packed, its a slow start, waiting for the machine to be changed, but when it get going, there no stopping it, one hand at first, then two hands, just to make sure that you are keeping up, conversation is slow, with your work colleges, some like not to talk, some can not stop talking.

You look at the clock on the wall, two hour in, some days it seems like two minutes and some days it seems like to two days not two hours, the sound on the conveyer belt, is starting to make the same sounds now, the repeated sound, of smooth turning of the plastic belt, which slowly turns into a hypnotic sound, which can be smoothing to the ear, it’s the sound you love to hate.

Four hours have gone, in the back of your mind it must be break time soon, you have half an hour, to get changed, get to the canteen, eat, and get to the outside smoking area, as each day passes, you try to think of a better way, of how to save those precise, minutes, and before you know it, its gone, finished, back to the factory floor, for an other four hours.

A quick stretch and jump up and down, gets you warmed up again, and back to it, sometimes the mind can play tricks on you, the smoothing turning noise has gone, you can not hear the radio and you are in the automatic mode, just like the machine, your eyes are wide open, trying to stay focused and trying to be quick as possible, and snap , the turning noise has come back, the radio is back in the foreground, and you wonder where have I been, you look up and the other workers seems to be in the same place that you have just been in, sliming to them selves , and you think to yourself, what are they sliming about, an other look at the clock , just to hours to go, will there be over time to night, or will it be the normal 2/10 shift.

The hands are know starting to throb with the cold, and the constants dampness of the products you are packing, run them under the hot tap, keep them warm, last hour, starting to slow down, you snap yourself back into action again, the back pain you have had all day, does not seems to exist any more, but if you slow down and start to think about it, it comes back again.

You have just been informed, that there is the two hours over time , do you laugh or do you cry, you try to give yourself a small boost up, to make sure that you can make it through an other two hours, take a walk to the toilet, just a change of environment, will give your mind, that all important rest, and then a deep breath, and away you go again, not bothering to look at the clock on the wall, you think to your self, if I don’t look, the time will go quicker, and it does, not much conversation on the line, workers starting to get tied, buy you finally make it, the gruelling 2/10 shift is over, you slowly climb the stairs to get to the changing area, slowly taking your white coat off, as you walk up the stairs, you crab your basket, the type that you used to get , when you went to the swimming pool, all done , your changed, and ready to get home, will it be your loved one, that be waiting for you or will it be the microwave two minute meal.

You see the out side ,after the shift and its dark outside, 20 minute walk home, soon be home and ready for the next day and next shift, all for that 2/10shift.

Daily chores

Haven’t had much time to write, anything lately, working to hard, studying to hard and doing all those daily chores, that we must do, to keep ticking over I have started to write a few words, for a new blog, but still thinking how to write it.

As I have just started my last year at Bradford University, I have to submit a major Project, so I will just start with a brief history in time in relation to what you could call noticeable dates, which have been recorded within the social media, although these are not specific events, technology break thoughts, or even miles stones event, just dates where the business and social community have released there concerns for intension for the Paperless systems.  (1975/ 2009)

It’s quite interesting to read that, the so called idea of the paper less office was introduced in the year of 1975, but it was not until May 1993, which is a large software corporation i.e. Microsoft started to introduce and looked at software developments for the issues of a paper less office. This is a gap of thirteen years. 

 There is also a gap of 9 years, (1993/2002) which indicates a possible link form how a new technology software development could have been introduced to the possible social effects it has on the society and how if any, could it be a reality, in the real world.  

From the year 2000 to 2003, there are various reports, indicating that paper as a product, is booming, and the business system and paper systems have increased ten fold, within its requirements and requested for demand. Reporting that the printing industry is booming, although, reading the various article and reports, this mainly due to the economic up turn as the country is in the middle of a boom.

As you can appreciate, if the boom has is taken off, at such a rate, the system will be trying to keep up, and the last thing the software developers, will want to be doing, is to design and  initiate a software programme, that is going against the grain, at a time of  economic boom. The economic boom, will be relating to the 1990’s, this will be towards the end of the conservative’s period, with the city, having such a good time.

So, could you say, that this may be one of the reasons why, there has been a gap for thirteen years, where quite true fully the system, to a certain degree, did not have the time or found that this was not a problem or concern regarding the idea of a paperless office.

I suppose, if you think about, why would any body spent the time and money. In trying to improve something, that according to the business system and large corporations, was not really required. The green issues at this time, where certainly in our minds, but in the scale of the whole green and environment concerns, this small area, was nothing to talk about, so to a certain degree, non body was interested, to pursuit the matter, to the next level, but what could be the next level, I suppose, to a normal person or business the next level, was to employ  a software company to design a system, that in real terms, could reduce all your paper requirements.

With all the reading, at this stage of the project, I certainly may feel, that this whole area has been, what you would call, placed into a washing machine, bit of the experience with large software company , a bit of experience form the web and internet, a bit of new and fancy  programme writing, and an open cheque, and we hoped for the best, to see if we could find a solutions that could answer all our problems, and I think you know what the answer is, a miss, mash of ideas that are not fully expectable, if we really want to take this system to the next level.

It is also interesting to view, that in all the social media, there is no mention, of a positive quote or acknowledgments of any green party or organisation, taking this matter, with the possible concerns, that it desires. Yes, there are environmental concerns and acknowledgments, but no real milestone, in its history, what this could be saying, is that , is the green aspect of this paperless system, sitting on the back burning, and is this just a second thought after the event.

An other dates in the history of the paperless office, is in 2008, where it is reported that one of the largest insurance companies in India, are going to introduce internet payments to all its customers, could this be the bit of the web and the internet , still in the washing machine. If this is all that has happen, from 1975 to the present date, with regards to the large acknowledgment form a major corporation, when I believe that we must be looking at this system form the wrong angle.