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CompuShare

 

Computer Time Sharing for Managers
Odeneal
1975

Submitter: When a book on computers has a punch card on the cover you know it has to be good, and this book is no exception.  It includes all the most relevant tips for sharing a computer in 1975.  It details how 40-400 users can use the same computer, just like NASA does!  It also wants to clue us all into “Paperless communication” that will be available “in the future,” which I have to admit I’m really looking forward to.  In addition the book also includes a 28 page one act play, which is really just waiting for the right group of middle managers to bring it to life at your local community theater. This book was out of date twenty years ago. I can only assume at this point this book is being saved for some database administrator waiting for leisure suits and punch card computing to come back into style.  Otherwise I think this book might be a candidate for the recycling bin.

Holly: Ooooh, the “future” is looking bright!

 

More Computers Through the Ages:

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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A Television Studio
Beal
1977

Forget the TV studio, who’s the groovy band playing? Looks like a set from some of those variety shows of the 1970s. For 1977, this was probably a good choice for a juvenile nonfiction collection, 2016 probably not so much.

Mary

More TV Talk:

Parents! TV = Mind Control

TV Superstars

What Makes TV Work

Fixing the Boob Tube

Television of Yesteryear

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You can love your computer!

It’s Never Too Late to Love a Computer: A Friendly First Guide
Stokes
2000

Submitter: [This book] published in 2000, [has] been on our shelves since that year. Circulation has been 0 in the last 4 years, but I would hate to have anyone just wander into the computer section and pick up one of these relics while browsing.

Holly: I agree. It’s fine to have a book or two on one or two generations of computer systems. For example, now that Windows 10 is standard, it’s fine to have a few titles on Windows XP and Windows 7 (a few…but concentrate your collection on the latest and greatest!). I hear every day from people at my library that their kids got new a computer and gifted Mom and Dad with the old one. (Thanks, kid.) If the book is helping them learn Windows Vista or (God forbid) Window ME, that is not helping *most* library users. The problem is that when people get a computer for the very first time – that is, anyone who would be looking for a book like this – they don’t always know what they have. They’ve heard of “Windows” but for the life of them can’t tell you which version their new machine has. This book has all kinds of tips on finding medical and travel information and shopping online, so it really needs to be up-to-date.

More Old Internetz:

Books About the Interwebz

More Interwebz Education

More Interwebs for Beginners

Intro to the Interwebs

The Internet

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