I was amazed to read the statistic that net users waste eight million hours per week searching for information they cannot find (web reviews page 7, 31 May); amazed the figure is so low!
While the internet is one of the truly great inventions, when it comes to practical usage it has ‘Emperors’ New Clothes’ status.
Until there is true high speed access and common data indexing and search criteria standards, its use will be characterised by delays, frustration and the annoyance of pop-up adverts and the post midday ‘America Online’ phenomenon.
Acceptable for net surfers but less so for practical usage; a case of business and pleasure not mixing?
Nigel Heath, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.
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