We hold a moment of silence…

On October 3, 2014, in news, by susan


For those of you youngsters who don’t know what that is, that’s a vintage Compaq luggable – that’s a laptop back in the 80’s – that has Lotus 1-2-3 burned into the green screen of the computer after years of running that software.  Two floppy drives, one for the OS and Lotus, the second for the data.

Now THAT’s vintage computing folks.

That was the program that revolutionized computers for businesses.  It meant we didn’t spend DAYS doing manual calculations of depreciation on green paper ledger sheets, by hand, with calculators.  (You think I’m kidding, I’m not).  It freed up office workers to do more complicated calculations and brought the mainframe into any sized business office.

So farewell then Lotus 1-2-3, spreadsheet extraordinaire | ZDNet:



3 Responses to We hold a moment of silence…

  1. E-Bitz is waaaay too young to have actual-hands on experience with what she correctly describes

    Hell, she was too small to even pick up that Compaq Luggable. In today’s parlance, most airlines would charge a $50 over-weight fee if you tried to get that thing on board.

    Those of us who actually used that stuff thought we had died and gone to heaven using those new electronic workpapers from 1-2-3

    Great memories, though

  2. susan says:

    Wanna make a bet? I swear my right arm is longer than my left from lugging those suckers around during summer audits.

  3. norm says:

    Wow! that’s a walk down memory lane Susan… Makes a guy feel old, I’ll just shuffle away on my walker to the other room now…