The Tellies could affect computers directly, work with them, use them . . .
But I've got the Oners just using them in a perfectly ordinary fashion. A talent lost genetically, or just a road not taken, as niether Comet Fall nor the One had working computers for some time after their marooning/exile on their respective worlds. Emre's been submersed in the Hive Mind for a long time. But now I've got Nicholas. Hmmm . . . What to do, what to do . . .