One late night, I sat at my father's kitchen table swapping "work stories." I told him about my never-ending lab meetings and emails, and he told me about his frequent fights with his computer. At 65, my father is an active consultant to the plastics industry, with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and a wall of awards that chronicle his busy career. Yet despite all his success, what seemed to consume him on this late night was, of all things, a wireless mouse. His computer support consultant insisted it was "the thing to have," yet in a few short…
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