I'm a new quilter, so can't compare exactly. However, the ability to make a quilt label on my pc with some special fabric "paper" saves me when it comes to making keepsake quilts. I would not know what/how to label a quilt without it. Stitching? Sharpie? embroidery?
Clearly, I've had more ability to freely research and see beautiful quilts because of the net, I would hate to think of how much money I would have spent on books to see the sheer numbers of quilts I can peer at on the net.