An article would say "Add folder X to system PATH". You hit Win + D, right click My Computer, etc... and maximise the browser again, and take off from where you left.
With a video, it takes any number of pauses to get even the simplest of things done. It's *much* worse when (God forbid) you have some typing to do. Contrast copy-pasting a connection string versus straining your eyes to see if it's a 0 or an O.
Seconded. We are multitasking people, we need information quickly, we all have the ability to skim through text, then WHY OH WHY somebody has to force us to PLAY/PAUSE/PLAY/PAUSE/PLAY/PAUSE/PLAY/PAUSE/RANT?
While I can see some use in audio books (while commuting maybe?), I still can't find one for technical videos.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance. -- Wing Commander IV
En Það Besta Sem Guð Hefur Skapað, Er Nýr Dagur.
(But the best thing God has created, is a New Day.)
-- Sigur Ròs - Viðrar vel til loftárása
Overall, I like to have a book (=> vote) - yes one can curl up with a book about the STL and a cup of hot apple juice with ginger.
But, when I find a gem on the CodeProject, or even some lesser site, I'll want a hard copy.
There was an earlier discussion, triggered by Amazon's new (and costly) eBook reader. One thing that's missing from the readers is a comfortable look and feel. Perhaps real-book-ophilism is just from habituation, but it's harder to stick to reading anything of length in Adobe (etc.) than it is to a a book.
Newpaperlike articles, on the other hand, are best serve digitally.
Maybe I'll throw in a mild (yet traditional) complaint about the survey: The preferred medium depends upon the type of information!!!
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"How do you find out if you're unwanted if everyone you try to ask tells you to go away?" - Balboos HaGadol
I agree whole heartedly. Curling up with your laptop just doesn’t have the same degree of relaxation nor appeal. I also think the benefits of a book are inversely proportional to its size. My hat is off to those authors that persevere and produce their huge tombs of information. I for one wind up catching up on my reading while commuting and flying, not so much in the bath. I think twice & possible three times before throwing that 700 page tomb in my bag.
Gary J. Kuehn
It is better to fail at attempting something great than to do nothing and succeed at it.