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Five weeks later…

Welcome at last to this week’s column.

The digital world is irritating and frustrating in so many ways. An average human weighing in at 80kg when wearing only scanty attire can easily fritter away two hours per day trying to talk with a service provider [“please hold”] on the phone only to have the call drop out completely before any worthwhile communication occurs, deeming it necessary to go back to square one and begin the whole painful process again.

Being on hold for two hours cannot be considered fruitful use of time, so I would like to suggest another way we could do all this. What I have in mind involves no 4-digit code, no pin number, no security question, no “please hold”, no drop-out.

Does that sound appealing to you? Yes?

Well, all it involves is …

  • Wyn Drabble is a teacher of English, a writer, musician and public speaker.

Roger Parker
Roger Parker
Roger Parker is the Times-Age news director. In the Venn-diagram of his two great loves, news and sport, sports news is the sweet spot.

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