paper is so permanent and inputboxes so transient?

Ah yes, one of the failings of modern UI design: that things you write or do can disappear poof without a trace.

Its a complaint I’ve had from the early days of computing; why should a piece of paper be so permanent and yet something on a computer be so transient?  Textboxes on webpages are particularly annoying.  So many words can be written, but an accidental backspace press while the wrong area of the screen is momentarily in focus and blammo – no retrieval possible.

There’s a few experimental concepts being tried out to mitigate that; WordPress has its autosave.  Google Docs has incorporated a nice GIT style transaction saving for every letter you press.  I should make use of this but don’t.  Still glad they’re doing it.

Facebook throws a little javascript up at you: “Are you sure you want to leave this page?” in case there is a snafu.  G+ could easily do the same.  Fundamentally though, I’d still like every letter I type to have the potential to be as permanent as a typed letter on paper at the very least, with anything I do on the computer.
Of course I could install a keylogger myself but really, I think it should be built-in, no fuss needed.  Oh well; who would’ve thought a document retrieval/page layout system would have become the main interface for everything?  I remember when HTML was a novelty.  Even then, I didn’t like the textboxes and preferred command-line and versioning yet never became nerdy enough for Emacs and stuff.

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