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FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for November 21, 2020

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  11 days ago

    I’m with Jason on this one. For crying out loud, Roger.

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    Arbitrary  11 days ago

    I think the “-For Idiots” line is more apt for Roger.

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    sirbadger  11 days ago

    I bought “Internet for Idiots” in the early 90’s, but the Internet has changed a lot since then.

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    Auntie Socialist  11 days ago

    Today humanities degrees seem enlightened compared to the bogus degrees they have now at three times the price

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    Wilde Bill  11 days ago

    My dad bought Windows 95 for Dummies. The thing was absolutely useless. Every time it got to something he needed to know, it said “Ooh, that’s a toughie. Better talk to a computer Guru for that.”

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    Sanspareil  11 days ago

    I had a Karmann Ghia that had a Volkswagon engine.

    The engine finally bit the dust, so I bought the book “Volkswagons for dummies” I bought some oversized pistons and used the book to meticulously take the engine apart, and put it back together!

    I never thought it would work but it fired up the first time and ran so much better that before. Best engineering book I ever had.

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    whenlifewassimpler  11 days ago

    I worked at the Dean and Director’s office at the Med Center in Rochester and we got the honor from IBM to learn how to use their computer and the two programs, Microsoft Word and Wordperfect. Guess who got to do that in addition to phone answering, and the list goes on. Yeah me…..at the time not happy. Later years when we moved as the Dean was retiring and my hubby was done with his research. Best thing in the world when we got to CA and I went to temp agencies.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 11 days ago

    I never had problems using computers. I guess because I love gadgets. I even build my own which can be daunting when they don’t boot. Usually they do. The nice part is no crapware on them.

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    tcayer  11 days ago

    How about “For beginners?”

    When I bought my first PC, it came with a DOS manual as thick as a phone book. (DOS 3.0 if you want to know how old I am…) I READ it. If I had a problem, I figured it out. That was even before the internet! Anyone else remember autexec.bat and config.sys? Base memory and extended memory? Boot disks? When you only had 640K of base memory, and you had to get your system to boot with 607K left to run a specific game? Good times… good times.

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    geekboy_x  11 days ago

    Actually, there WAS a “Computers For Artsies” book back in the mid-90s. It was pretty funny.

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    BiggerNate91  11 days ago

    I wish I could experience using early PCs and how they differ from today’s.

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    P51Strega  11 days ago

    I bought a computer that was supposed to have a DOS manual as part of the package. The shop was out of manuals, so they substituted the “for Dummies” book. I already knew DOS, so I went a long time without cracking the book. When I finally needed something, the book said “never try to adjust that, that is for advanced users only”. Totally worthless book.

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    Rogers George Premium Member 11 days ago

    sigh. That was me (ok, that was I). Classical Greek major, humanities minor. I did okay though. I guess if you’ve got what it takes to learn Greek, you can learn computers on your own. I switched from Greek to geek.

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    dtdbiz  11 days ago

    Anyone know or remember why Bill Amend drew a series of consecutive one-panel strips like these this week?

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    BHALL77801  11 days ago

    You’re embarrassing Jason!

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  11 days ago

    A great ending to this week of single panel strips.

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    SamuelMeasa  11 days ago

    Do they still make those books? I haven’t been in a book store since 2009 when my local Walden Books closed.

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    Jogger2  11 days ago

    Some 20 years ago, the Barnes & Nobel store had two rows of computer related books. I used to go there when I wanted a computer book. But, I learned if I shopped online, I would likely find a better fit than what B&N offered. Last time I was in B&N, years ago, the computer books section was very small — maybe less than 3 feet long, IIRC.

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    Thinkingblade  11 days ago

    I remember back at the start of my career … The Cukoo’s Egg by Stollman. A great read and actually provided me with good guidance on system security.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member 11 days ago

    The thing of it is…. I wrote my first program in 1965; I was 16. I ended up as a professional programmer. Right now, I’m teaching myself SwiftUI.

    But I managed to get a second job as an opera singer, and I’ve also edited and annotated editions of “Double Falshood; or, The Distrest Lovers” (1727, but suspected to be based on the now-lost 1613 play, “Cardenio”, co-written by Shakespeare) and “André: A Tragedy in Five Acts” (1798).

    “The Two Cultures”, anyone?

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    JP Steve Premium Member 11 days ago

    When I was learning computers the public library had computer books filed under “science fiction.”

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    RobertRomero  10 days ago

    People who wanted to buy those books also used the CD rom drive as a cup holder.

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