#1213 – Sum

Back in high school we had a “computer lab” where the 10 computers in the building lived that students could use a few times a year to type in a paper and then immediately print it out. In college I had a single “computer art” class that I did a few projects in but that was the extent of it. Somehow all of the painting and illustration classes got by without us having to use Microsoft Excel. This is why I was totally blindsided a few years after college when I was working on a website for a company and had to enter all the names and paths of images into a spreadsheet. “What is this never ending grid of rectangles and what do I do with it?”

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16 thoughts on “#1213 – Sum”

  1. Tanos says:

    Love the comic and want to say you never cease to amaze me with your subject. In this case it hit home really well. My wife is a CPA and head accountant at her job, she knows excel like the back of her hand but anything else computer related she hasn’t a clue. I, on the otherhand, build PCs, do a little programing, and run a computer repair buisness, and yet have never got excel down let alone even put much effort into it.

  2. Tanos says:

    On a side note for this I’m also deathly afraid of hights and could never bungee jump without having a heart attack.

  3. Kree says:

    Spreadsheets are only fun when you make video games outta them :V

  4. Baughbe says:

    I have used spreadsheets to work out engineering problems. My boss once told me I make Bill Gates cry.

  5. Morris says:

    Back in high school, we had a “computer room” with a Model 33 teletype on which one person at a time could use the remote timesharing system. In college, we had a room full of keypunch machines, where we could create programs to be run on the mainframe. I’m a professional software engineer, and I’ve only once ever had to use a spreadsheet, and someone had to show me how to enter data into it.

  6. BrainpanSonata says:

    Loving Biff’s eyebrows in this one, and also getting jealous because I’ve never owned a laptop and want to. (Dang ol’ money, needin’ to be used for everythang these days…)

  7. MaskedMan says:

    This is all very fine… Until Biff hits the end of the bungee, and the laptop goes on to >crash<

  8. Titon says:

    Funny, this reminds me of the game my team submitted to the SpeedHack competition of 2009: http://www.allegro.cc/forums/thread/600897
    You’re supposed to program while jumping out of an airplane in it D:

  9. Barn0wl says:

    As always – “Biff” is hilarious! Love your work!

    When I was in high school … I was using a slide rule. I still own 3 of them. I still know how to use them. Geeze I feel old now …

  10. Barn0wl says:

    Oh … regarding heights; My dad always told me “it’s not the fall that kills you … it’s the sudden stop at the bottom.”

  11. Wigster says:

    Finally caught up, now to wait for the next book to come our so I can actually preorder. Those links I saw in the archive made me feel like a time traveler, but I also felt a little neglected. No preorder for me…

  12. i dont even know what a spread sheet is

  13. Obsidia Black says:

    Excel? Whats that?

  14. Radical Edward says:

    I’m used to using spreadsheets. I usually try to keep a list of item all in the general area.

  15. Tanos says:

    As to what Barn0wl is saying ’bout the heights, I look down and darn near pass out I couldn’t even get to the edge let alone jump. The qoute I like is “If at first you don’t succeed, so much for skydiving.”

    When I was a teen (and younger) I was jumping off 40ft cliffs into the lake. Now I can’t walk on a path that has a 10ft drop to one side without getting dizzy. I Don’t know why?(No traumatic experiances or such) and just has gotten worse over the years.

    I too can use a slide rule. It is a good thing if the computer goes down back ups are good. Age is not a factor if I’m correct I’m very close to Chris’ age (30 something) I think I have 2 but can only find one That is what makes me feel old.

  16. Barn0wl says:

    @Tanos; LOL! I like that quote too. The whole being cautious of heights is age-related too. At some point as we get older, we realize just how dumb some of the things we did as kids were – we gain a new respect for pain and death.

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