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Mama Deb
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I'll be over here in the rocking chair, rocking

Someone on my friendslist, one of the many college students, just said, and I paraphrase, that she sent in her paper with errors, but fortunately she has time to correct them and send it in again.

And all of you who are currently or recently college students or, possibly, professors, are nodding.

But it's making me feel, oh, so old. Because when I was first in college, in the eighties, you *typed* your papers. Sometimes, if you were ambitious and/or organized, you *retyped* them. If you made mistakes even after that, you took out a pen or a pencil and corrected them - that's why they were doublespaced. And once you handed in your papers - and that meant physically handing them to the professor *or* placing them in their physical mailbox - that was *it*.

Later on, in the later eighties, when I had access to a computer, I did word process them (using, I believe, a shareware clone of Wordstar) and print them out, although my profs weren't happy because I was using dot matrix and dot matrix was hard to read, even in the highest quality print, and you had all these perforations around the edges. So some teachers still prefered typed papers. And they *all* had to be handed in.

And...I'm intensely jealous. Just leave it at that.


I remember my first word processing program. It ran on a Radio Shack Tandy Color Computer II (hereafter referred to as the CoCo II). The CoCo was Radio Shack's (poor) answer to the Commodore 64. The word processing program didn't have anything close to WYSIWYG, it's answer was to have two modes, a mode in which you typed the text, and a "visual" mode which showed your text as small gray boxes. Think of a pdf at a magnification too small to read, like 10% or so. The visual mode was mostly useful for showing how much of a page your text took up and helping you decide if your paragraphs were short/long enough. I don't remember if it could do italics, bold, or underline and you could forget about changing font type/size.

On a separate note, the baseball program I had for the CoCo represented the players as...stick figures. Sure different from the "not only are they supposed to look like the players look, they're supposed to *move* like the players move"

I remember something similar, in the Galaxy program from my father's 286 (remember when computers had numbers, and 25 kilohertz was *fast* and 40 meg was never going to be full, and you stored everything on floppies, even if you had a hard drive?)

WYSIWYG was a long way away then.