Direct from 1984, here is the latest and greatest technology on microchips. I have a feeling this technology is going places! My favorite is the picture with the bug holding the microchip. I think our next move is to train ants to fix microchips and then we will eventually become slaves to the ant overlords. I think this is how Skynet started.
Boy Scouts of America
Submitter: I removed this book from the shelves of my public library when I did a massive overhaul of the collection last year, soon after I was hired. I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk. This is one of them. At the time of weeding, this book was nearly 50 years old. A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE. A TECHNOLOGY BOOK.
Holly: Do librarians hold on to things like this because they think, “Oh, it’s cute! People like nostalgia!” or because they think it has some sort of historical value – or are they just lazy and haven’t weeded in decades? It is cute and people do like nostalgia, and it does have historic value (and yes, they are often just lazy)…but those are the reasons why it belongs in a museum or archive, not in the regular shelves at the public library. My favorite line (last page included below) is about how if your “dad” uses his credit card to buy gasoline, a computer makes that payment happen. How does it work when mom pays at the pump? Apparently in 1968, she didn’t.
Computer Time Sharing for Managers
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 This book was out of date twenty years ago.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!
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