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September 19 10:12 AM EDT Friday

Subject:  PCs Could Waste Three Working Weeks a Year
LONDON - Every employee who uses a personal computer can lose up to three weeks of working time a year tackling technology problems on his or her desk, according to a survey published today.

The survey, by British software company SCO and Harris Research, found that most time was lost through PC malfunction or misuse. Seven out of 10 surveyed said they became frustrated when their PCs failed to work.

On average, each employee surveyed wasted 100 minutes a week during the first month a new system is introduced.

Consequently, the latest software isn't empowering these users -- it is disrupting their working day," Geoff Seabrook of SCO commented.

The survey of 400 PC users in medium-sized and large companies in Europe found that personal computers caused stress, with employees feeling that they had to work harder than ever before.

Nevertheless, employee attitudes toward PCs were broadly positive, with over 90 percent of respondents saying computers were vital to their working life.

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