It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada, so some of us will be eating turkey and watching football. However, we don’t limit ourselves to one day, like the USA – we celebrate for three days! Tomorrow, eight feet of snow will fall, and we’ll stay inside for the rest of the winter. 😉
For those of you who don’t have football to watch today, here’s a program that you might find interesting. It’s an episode of Computer Chronicles from May 1987, with the guests talking about spreadsheets.
An Excel Demo
The episode starts with a discussion of “look and feel” and related lawsuits. Then, at the 8:00 mark in the program, the Excel demo starts, with Mike Slade from Microsoft, using a Macintosh. He shows multiple worksheets open at the same time, links the sheets, creates a chart, and runs something called a macro.
This link will take you to a few seconds before the Excel demo starts. I’m sure some of you started in Excel on the Mac, like I did, and this will take you back to the good old days.
A Trapeze Demo
The Excel demo lasts about 3 minutes, then Andrew Wulf, from Data Tailor, shows his company’s Trapeze spreadsheet. It’s a freeform spreadsheet, and can do charts in colour!
I wondered what happened to Trapeze, and found a blog post by Andrew Wulf, who reports that Apple’s Numbers program is similar to the old Trapeze program. Since I haven’t used either program, I’ll take his word for it!