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Data Diddling

EDP: Controls and Auditing
Fourth Edition
Porter and Perry
1984

Submitter: I work at a public library which is currently undergoing a massive and much-needed weeding project, and found this when weeding the 600s. It is a textbook designed to teach accountants and auditors about electronic data processing. I’m not certain we should have owned this even when it was new, since it seems like it would be more at home in an academic library. Either way, the technology described in the book is so woefully out of date that it should have been weeded years ago! My favorite part is when the authors are discussing different ways that computer-related crimes can be committed, and one of the examples they give is punching extra holes in punched cards.

Holly: The picture on the cover should have tipped off weeders decades ago that this book was old! You guys, Mary was a accountant back in the 80s. I’m dying to know what she thinks of this.

Mary: In my life before library, I have done all kinds jobs. (Accountant, keypunch operator, switchboard operator, corn detassler, etc.) Never heard of data diddling. It sounds like something pornographic.

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8 Responses to Data Diddling

  • I remember key punch cards…We used then to register for classes when I was in college; in 1984!

  • “Data diddling” seems to be an attempt at coining a new term for plain old fraud. Also, computers “may be as common in business as the telephone”. Now I think they are more common than the telephone.

  • When I saw this post, I just new my local library would have it.

    What I did not expect was multiple copies of all 4 editions!
    They are doomed.

  • This reminds me…I used to read every computer-related book I could get my hands on, and the infatuation with videotex they had in the early 1980s seemed quaint even to late-1980s, not-quite-10 me. It both intrigued and confused me, because while videotex was an incredibly cool idea (it was a direct precursor of the Web), I don’t think I’d ever seen the interactive flavors of it. I was like “Where is this interactive videotex at, and when are us weirdos in Virginia going to get it?”

  • My mom was a keypunch operator in the 80’s. I remember going to her work sometimes as a little kid and thinking it seemed really cool. She also got to take home that 80’s-style computer paper – with the feed holes on the side and the white and green stripes with all the pages attached with perforations.

  • I’m majoring in Accounting in college and this would probably have me running for the hills if I wasn’t aware it was outdated. What a poor impression to give of a job field that is quite prosperous right now.