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Get your DOS on!

DOS for Dummies (3rd Edition)
Gookin
1998

For those of you of a certain age, DOS knowledge was essential if you wanted to use those fancy programs like LOTUS 123, Wordstar, and other early office software. Back then everything was command line, and knowledge of DOS around my office made you one of the top geeks. Even though Windows was around in the very early days of personal computers, I don’t think it was a norm in offices until the early to mid 1990s. I remember when I started back to work after having kids, and all of sudden everything was Windows. It took me quite a while to adjust given my previous experience.

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Calculator Help for Complex Math

Scientific Analysis on the Pocket Calculator
Smith
1975

We have had other calculator books from the old days. Most of them, like this one and this one seemed to be pitching the same joke of spelling some clever words aimed at the junior high school mentality. This particular example is aimed at the science/engineering crowd. From what I can tell, it is actually pretty detailed. It is aimed at those who were of the pencil and paper/slide rule crowd that did higher level mathematics. I consulted with my  mathematician son and engineer husband on this book. Husband said he hadn’t thought “about this crap since grad school.”  Mathematician son commented that it was kind of interesting how they broke down how to work some seriously juicy problems using the calculator.

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How’s the weather up there?

The Story of Weather
Giles
1990

Submitter: It is mostly a moderately interesting book going through various weather phenomena, different climates and biomes, and some notable events in weather history. The fact that it is 30 years old is reason enough to weed it, but the real fun is in the final chapter: “Future Climate.”

Here, the book tries to spin climate change as a good thing, speculating that the British “perpetual moaning about weather may become a thing of the past” as the weather slowly “becomes similar to … the south-west of France.”

PC Magazine June 1993

Leisure Suit Larry

PC Format Magazine
0963-5521

Submitter: We weeded out several years of PC Format Magazine 0963-5521. Woefully out of date. Please accept these images from the June 1993 issue – a perfect issue for Mary. Take a walk down technology memory lane (spoiler alert – this memory lane ends in a dumpster.)

Holly: Leisure Suit Larry! If you know, you know. And if you don’t, Google it…but not at work. We don’t really need to discuss the collection management angle of this…right? Just weed it.

TV Production Equipment

Cutting the B-Roll

Educator’s Survival Guide to TV Production Equipment and Setup
Curchy and Kyker
1998

Submitter: I took TV Production in high school during my freshman year (1999-2000), so this book brought up a lot of nostalgia for me. Of course, that was over twenty years ago (which was about how long ago this book last checked out), so this really doesn’t have any application for my students. Somehow this never got weeded, even when the school went 1:1 iPad. I have no idea how long it’s been since there were last VHS tapes and VCRs on our campus, but it’s been a long time. While this might be fun for someone who’s really interested in the history of TV production, this book is completely out of date for any practical application. (The school is a 6-12 independent school.)

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Grassroots Fundraising

The Grass Roots Fundraising Book: How to Raise Money in Your Community
Flanagan for The Youth Project
1977

Submitter: Submitting this 1977 book on fundraising. Most of the data, addresses, and dollar values are out of date and the entire book is dry and brittle – not to mention it lacks contemporary fundraising resources like GoFundMe and others help make this an easy weed.

Holly: Oh good, a double-whammy of outdated and falling apart. Perfect for our current COVID-19 times, where every non-profit in town is desperately fundraising.

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Second Life Income

How to Make Real Money in Second Life
Freedman
2008

This one is mine. I had been neglecting my weeding and found this floating around my computer books. This book was purchased and added to the collection in 2008 and it had exactly 2 circs. I guess no one wanted to make real money in Second Life. I had weeded another Second Life book back in the day, and it sounded like there were still core folks using this platform. It also sounded like it was very different from the old days.

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Internet tips for kids

Dangers on the Internet
Staying safe on-line
Rothman
2000

This is part of one of those series that tackle issues for teens. This book was just fine for the early 2000s. It was before Facebook and other social media, which presents its own kind of “danger.” This book really doesn’t address dangers, but more is about standards of behavior. It also assumes that the kids are low tech, which isn’t necessarily wrong for the time. This book is really not helpful anymore.