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6421Re: [midatlanticretro] First spreadsheet

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  • Bob Applegate
    Nov 5 5:12 AM
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      We're going to start splitting hairs pretty soon.  When the guys wrote it (Bricklen?  Other?), they had never seen
      anything like it before, and that's why they created it.  Pretty soon we'll be into the argument of whether a given
      application was a generic spreadsheet or something that looked *liked* a spreadsheet but wasn't quite as
      capable, etc.
      Visicalc was the "killer app" that made personal computers attractive to businesses.  Without something like it,
      it could have taken a lot longer for PCs to catch on.
      BTW, I was working in a computer store in the early 80s, and specialized in Atari 800/400 machines (extremely
      capable and well ahead of many other machines at the time in terms of technology).  Some suit walked in and
      wanted to see some business apps, so I showed him stuff on the Atari.  He wasn't impressed.  I brought up
      a spreadsheet and gave a quick demo, including color charts, negative numbers in red, etc.  He sat with a
      rather unhappy look for a while and finally declared the Atari was just a video game, and "all those colors looks
      unprofessional.  Businessmen don't want all that nonsense."  I always wondered if that same stiff was using
      Windows and Excel now with grayscale, or did he finally decide color was a good thing.
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      From: Evan
      Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 12:53 AM
      Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] First spreadsheet

      I don't know. VisiCalc was certainly the first mainstream / successful / easily usable microcomputer spreadsheet. But I am 99.9% sure it was not LITERALLY the first computeritzed spreadsheet.

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