"If there is no electricity, none of (technology) will work," he says. "Notebooks have served us for a couple thousand years."
Smith, a former civil servant, used to write for work, but has spent the last 23 years typing on a PC. He says it has negatively impacted his handwriting to the point that people would never guess he won a handwriting contest when he was a child.
"It's a shame that now when you write quickly it looks like it's by someone who has not had an education," he says.
Smith, 52, says he's started using a fountain pen to try to improve his penmanship.
"It's got a lovely feel to it," he says. "It's not very practical."
Smith says he wants to recapture his ability to write cursive. Cronquist, however, is happy that printing allows him to write legibly.
"My right-handed printing is not too terrible," he says. "It's slow, but readable."