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The question: Technology

'Grumpy Old Men' - BBC2's surprise hit show where a group of 40something B-list celebs grumble about what gets their goat - last saw the likes of John Peel, Rick Stein and Will Self bemoaning the impact of technology on our lives.

So what kit raises your hackles?

As with all things, technological innovations have their advantages and disadvantages.

The instant communication possibilities offered by mobile phones and email are often useful, but do lead to a tendency of being used just for the sake of it. Are all those conversations on the train that us fellow commuters have to put up with really necessary? And could half the emails from site be avoided if the site engineer considered the problem (as used to be the case) for a few minutes before dashing off a memo to the design office. I make no bones about being a traditionalist - no mobile phone (although my three children each have one) and I try to handwrite at least part of my private correspondence - but on the other hand I would not swap CAD for a drawing board again!

Mike Paul, 50, senior engineer, Stuttgart

My 'goat is got' by a) editors who think that being 40 something qualifies one for inclusion among the world's grumpy old men and b) ignorant or incorrigibly ill-mannered portable telephonists in GNERs optimistically named quiet coach 'D' So there!

Andrew Fraser, 53, municipal engineer, Stirling

From Bluetooth to WiFi I cannot get enough gadgets. The manuals can be daunting, but like a true man I never read them - until I get stuck later! Gadgets are fun and challenging and useful modern tools - but don't even ask me how to fathom the 'washing machine' with all those complicated settings for different fabrics. Why can't it just say socks/shirts/pants. Come on Bill Gates, help me with this one: I need an auto sensing machine and some 'Washer XP Software' Paul McCormick, 37, managing director, Derby What makes me grumpy is the endless new txt abrvations tht my kds snd me : -) and I hve 2 try and work out wot they mean.

Alastair McMurtrie, 45, network officer, Glasgow

Catch this week's episode of 'Grumpy Old Men' at 9.50pm tomorrow night.

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