Computers for Everybody
Willis and Miller
Computers aren’t just for geeks, they are for everybody. The cover art cracks me up as the giant computer (or maybe tiny people) sits outside as a big jungle gym. This cover art looks way older than 1981 as well. (I am also annoyed by the poor processing. Just how many labels did this library need?)
I was in grad school in the late 80s and a personal computer was just starting to be commonplace in offices. Typewriters and keypunch were still the mainstream Anyone still remember how to use a keypunch?
Back in the day, I was a whiz with DOS and I had some mad skills with Lotus123. Ah, the good old days, when I was just so cutting edge…
An Introduction to Spreadsheets
Excel 97 edition
Easy Design on Your Computer
Word 97 edition
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,
TV & Video
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,