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10 Print Weed

Computer Literacy Through Applications
Kurshan, November, and Stone
1986

Are you kidding me? There are 45 holdings of this in WorldCat.  Even if half of those are old records, there are way too many holdings of this book in various types of libraries!

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Nice computer, kid.  She’s probably totally wasting time on Zork when she should be doing homework. The story in the yellow box about a computer predicting the 1952 election results is interesting, though.

Because displaying the words “HI, THERE!” is usefuland interesting.  And the examples of hardware are hilarious! High-tech for 1986, though.

I remember cartridges! We had a Commodore 64 when I was in about fifth grade, and we had games like Radar Rat Race and River Raid on cartridges.

“…newer equipment uses 3 1/2-inch disks.”

10 PRINT WEED!

20 GO TO 10

(Result:)

WEED!

WEED!

WEED!

WEED!

etc. etc. etc.

-Holly

8 Responses to 10 Print Weed

  • This brings back memories of the Computer Science class I took as a freshman in high school … oh, the joys of programming meaningless things in BASIC! I also had a Commodore 64 with the game cartridges. Good times, good times …

  • Hehe, River Raid was banned in Germany for being “dangerous to Youth”, the rainbow ribbon cable on the cover is cool. However, a big part of computer/information literacy is NOT “accepting the computer’s [answer] without question”, as the yellow box seems to suggest we can do nowadays. Definite weed from a currents collection. Belongs in an archive if anywhere.

  • My high school library still has TRS-80s for card catalog look up, I don’t think they’ll ever upgrade (if those computers die I’m sure they’ll just haul out the old physical catalog instead).

    My senior year (which was this decade) was when they finally updated the other computers in the library to take CDs and USB drives instead of just floppy disks (because we kind of couldn’t buy them any more and it was getting ridiculous, the school store sold floppies for $5 a disk).

    Maybe just send this book to them LOL. Old computers are so different from what we use today the kids at my old school probably actually need this book.

  • Sadly, this reminds me of some of the gems I found in our collection when I weeded the computer section last year. When the words floppy disk and Commodore are brought up in a computer book, you know it’s time to weed.

  • I saw a 1985 computer book at a thrift store a few weeks ago, although I
    don’t remember any more details about it.

  • I wish computers still had 3.5″ drives. Such a waste to backup to CD.

  • I have to say, getting the computer to type “Hello, world!” (not “Hi, there,”) to the screen has been the first programming example of every single computer programming book I’ve ever used (Pascal, Basica, Visual Basic, C+, C++, JavaScript).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_world_program
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_world_program_examples

  • Old sweet memories…I read this book when I was in first year in technical institute. I love this book. Actually I tried so long to found the book on the internet. It reminds me old memories of youth. Its my first computer book which changed my life.