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The Future of Personal Information Management, Part 1 by William Jones

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CHAPTER 4

Our Information, Forever on the Web

One measure of the Web’s importance is to imagine what life would be without it. Those of us who are older have lived in a world without the Web. Think back. How did we buy and sell stocks? Did we really call a broker on the phone? Likewise, did we call to get directions to a new restaurant, writing these down as delivered by a person on the other end? Or, when planning a vacation, did we send away for brochures? Did we wait days or weeks only to find out that the information delivered was not what we wanted? Today “it’s on the Web.” Retrieval is interactive; results come back in seconds. Word definitions, health information, weather reports, news headlines, stock prices, and deals on just about everything—it’s ...

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