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The Good Old Days with Microsoft Office

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An Introduction to Spreadsheets
Excel 97 edition
Patchett
2001

Easy Design on Your Computer
Word 97 edition
Claybourne
2001

Technology titles are often held on to way longer than necessary. I think many librarians use the excuse that we should keep back titles because Grandma and Grandpa always get the castoffs when their offspring upgrade. That might have been true 10-2o years ago, but seniors are quickly catching up and want new and shiny.

Although geared toward upper elementary, these books would have been quite good for adults. Regardless, Microsoft quit supporting Office 97 around 2005, and considering the newer editions that quickly followed, this purchase was probably doomed for a short shelf life. I am kind of cracking up that the intended audience for this series of books wasn’t even born yet.

Personally, I am glad that Office 97 died, especially because of that annoying paperclip assistant (Clippy). I would put Clippy in the category of worst ideas in software.

Feeling old yet again,

Mary

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The Shame of Divorce

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Divorced
“I Wouldn’t Have Given a Nickel for Your Chances”
Stewart
1974

The general theme of Christian memoirs is usually how someone’s crappy life was saved by faith. This one is no exception. The first chapter describes her husband walking away after handing her a couple hundred dollars. No support, no income, no experience, and forced into the working world for the first time. It was a bad situation.

What bothered me most was that most of her reflection was about her personal shame of divorce. I was hoping that she might recognize that her idiot ex was the one who should be ashamed. Nope. It is still better to be married. In one chapter, she talks a woman out of leaving her husband, even if he has girlfriends on the side. I quit reading after that. Even for 1974, that is a bit much.

Mary

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TV & Video of the Future!

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TV & Video
Electronic Revolution
Irvine
1983

Direct from the 1980s: cutting edge video and television. To give everyone some historical context, video cameras were just starting to become mainstream when this was published. When I got married in 1982, a cousin brought in a giant video camera to record our day. It was quite the discussion topic. Never saw the video result, but somewhere out there is a video tape of my wedding.

Evidently, this book is part of a set on technology. (See the back cover for other titles) This is still on the shelf of a few public libraries. I doubt that the parents of today’s youth remember this stuff.

Now everyone get off my lawn,

Mary

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