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'Computerphobe's Plea

February 16, 1990

A lot of "computerphobes" wouldn't be if the instructions were written by writers (" 'Computerphobes' Assign a Low Priority to High Technology," Feb. 11). I can't even find the instruction booklet to our under-utilized VCR. I wanted to quote from it to prove my point, but I remember chucking it somewhere in frustration.

Take this sentence from the very first instructional paragraph of a Sony video camera manual: "The signal is output from the tubes through the connector pins and the first-stage FET is built into the coil for a high signal-to-noise ratio." Do you wonder that the camera languishes in the basement?

Sure I'm a snob. A communications snob.

ALICE ROMANO, Los Angeles

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