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From the archive: May 17, 1996

It is like the distant throb of a pneumatic drill or the faint odour which wafts up to my window from the Ouse at low tide. It gradually impinges on the consciousness, until you slowly realise it is there. So the word Internet found its way into my vocabulary, then, like the smell of mud from the river, found its way into my room.

24 May 2016

And in a remarkably short time since the idea was first mooted in the office, my computer now has the world at its keyboard, and I am more knowledgeable about ferrets than I have ever been before. I have visited Legoland without leaving my desk, and I have dropped in on the homes of people I certainly do not want to meet in real life.

I am a little dismayed at how unreceptive to modern technology we are as a profession. At a meeting last summer, a gaggle of local solicitors (help now needed please on aggregating solicitors. Any improvements on a sojourn or a solecism on a post card please. Thanks for your suggestions about collections of barristers) revealed that almost none of them had really got into computers in a big way.

I do realise that I have to pick my words carefully these days. A report in The Times at the end of last year revealed that in one month more than 4,000 connections were made at Oxford University to an Internet erotic media group. When I t...

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