The Digital Desk


Berry Tramel offers wise advice for multitasking with laptop

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm •  Published: February 8, 2010

I’m going to use another blog post to quote sports writer Berry Tramel. This question from a reader came from Berry’s mailbag blog post from Saturday.

Don: “This is the FIRST TIME I have ever read a blog. The term itself is annoying. Can you tell I may be a senior citizen? I enjoy your stories and comments. I would prefer to read them in the paper. It is difficult holding this computer screen in my lap and reading it while I have my morning coffee.”

Berry’s response:

I have a suggestion. Use a table.

The funny thing about the question and the response is that I read it on Saturday morning while sitting on my couch with a computer on my lap and fresh coffee on the table next to me. I was reading the newspaper, The Digital Oklahoman, browsing NewsOK and checking my Facebook account (which is how I became aware of Berry’s post, by the way — through his Facebook fan page post).

I’ve grown accustomed to consuming news and information with a laptop, even while curled up on the couch with my morning coffee. It’s a habit for me now.

I’ll agree with Don’s sentiment. It’s not the same.

But it’s a way of life for me now. The only hard thing to get used to is folding the computer neatly so I can finish the crossword puzzle.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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