Although I do jot down notes on scraps of paper and in notebooks with interesting covers and beautiful paper, most of my writing is done on the computer. Although not at all romantic, the advantages are enormous. In 1983, I read an American article about personal computers, which were just beginning to hit the market. The writer of the article had not made up his mind as to whether or not they were merely a passing fad... So many years on, we all know that they were not a passing fad. It is, however, interesting to revisit perspectives from years back - perhaps it helps us put the present into a more balanced perspective.