I agree -- when I think of the books I've written -- I'm constantly going back and revising and editing and adding stuff -- it's easy with a word processor -- I can't imagine what it would be like using a typewriter ...
There is a whole thread in waiting about how we get lazy about technique because our systems are so forgiving, now we have cut and paste and spell-checking. It always amazed me how authors would hand-type a whole book, even retyping entire sections when a plot detail was tweaked.
Mind you, in engineering, there is another scenario: when a system will become inaccessible after 'launch'. Then we have to try harder to get it right first time: one-time programmable chips, silicon design and space probes come to mind. Working on those systems produces a certain mindset that doesn't come naturally when you can update over the web!
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