In my work inbox today. Does Google do any sort of proofreading or QC at all?

All the mistakes, plus the fact it was sent to me directly and not our IT inbox, makes me think it is phishing, but the headers indicate it actually came from Google, and my employer (unfortunately) uses gmail as its email provider and it's pretty aggressive at blocking Google phishing stuff.

Version 6.0 was Peak Microsoft Word

It was mostly all down hill from here

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AAAA! The bundled floppies are still there!

I still have drive to read all I need is a working motherboard that supports it

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It is 1989 and according to "WordPerfect 5.1 Macros and Templates" gender is fluid.

It's a fact.

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WYSIWYG? What's that? The funny wigs they wear in British courts?

To get the secrets of the print you must reveal all the codez!

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Laser printers used to be so exotic and mysterious that they warranted a whole chapter on its own.

What is your Font Strategy? How do you use Cartridge Fonts? (If it doesn't work try blowing on it before plugging it into the printer!) How do you install soft fonts?

You don't even want to know how you'd distribute these fonts with a WP file!

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OK this stuff is kinda at the bottom of this old bin, and so it's certainly of the past century. Indeed we may be descending into the tail end of the 1980s here

I used WordPerfect 5.1 until people started looking at me funny for using it.

The Que book "Using WordPerfect" was very useful and well used. The Bantam book about the macros was too though it was WAY more extensive than I ever needed.

WP had very powerful and underappreciated macro capabilities.

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I was blessed with the good fortune of receiving my training in a Very Special certification session.

In addition to becoming Certifiable we each went home with a jar of Sockarooni pasta sauce, a bottle of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing and a VHS copy of "The Towering Inferno"*

*DVD available by mail for a small postage and handling fee

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The top document indicates I completed the course, making me Certifiable I guess.

The bottom document declares I am Certified to administer Citrix Metaframe 1.8...if anyone needs my services (hey there's no expiry date!)

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Yeah order of install matters. If you installed this before selecting and installing the "terminal services" component of WinNT it can only result in mass hysteria.

Hence the post it applied to the cover of this admin guide.

It was well into this century before it was commonplace to provide serious dependency checks it seems.

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As a student in this recourse I *did* get a nice THICC textbook-like spiral-bound ( :blobaww: ) admin guide!

This isn't just a better RDS terminal server. It supported stuff like "multi-VGA" for server side rendering so you could set up a bunch of thin clients that can deliver graphically intense apps better.

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Complete set of client reference cards, all still in the shrink wrap!

I wonder if that makes them more collectable :blobtonguewink:

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This is a special copy of v1.8 provided as part of my Citrix Certified Administrator ™️ training.

It had sneak preview content providing Windows 2000 compatibility not yet available to the public!

Oooh! Aaah!

Besides the installation media still in the box (!) The reference docs are on CD so the stack of printed material is small.

Bonus content: a full CD archive of so you don't have to wait for all the Flash™️ content to crawl its way into your browser over your 56k modem!

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Well it is tomorrow here so let's pull something else out of the Old Computer Books Bin from Nineteen Ninety Nine...

Hey it's another boxed set! Things are gonna get meta. Frame.


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This PLC stuff is from a time not long after Rockwell International bought ICOM software because their Allen Bradley division was so Bad at Software that most of their PLC users bought the 3rd party programming software from ICOM.

So in Rockwell tradition of the time, if you can beat them buy them.

Thus ICOM branding was still lurking around

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Ok now for something else out of the Old Computer Books bin...

I am a control systems/automation engineer by training so Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the computers I am supposed to be an expert in.

PLCs are at least as terrible as any other computer TBH.

Quarter century later and these damn PLC-5s and SLC-500s still come back to haunt me

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Behold..."Informix Error Messages"...aka the "DevOops Manual"

628 glorious pages of nothing but numeric error codes and their meanings

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