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Derek Davis: Give priceless gift of internet this Christmas

Published 20/12/2012 | 17:00

SO, it seems that 17pc of households have no computing capacity . . . no don't zone out. Think about that. For most young people, that's incredible – a life without Facebook, emails, Google, online gaming, shopping, networking.

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For my generation, and older, there is gratitude that tasks that used to be very tedious can now be a breeze. I can book an airline ticket or a hotel, pay bills, send letters and buy stuff on line but these are new skills to us.

Like most journos of a certain age I spent most of my career torturing ancient newsroom typewriters with wedges of carbon paper stuffed into them. Sub-editors in grey cardigans would mutter darkly about the quality of the typing, the spelling and the attitude of the reporters.

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