Spreadsheets for life

Posted to Software  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Planet Money goes back to a 1984 article by Steven Levy that discusses this new thing called a spreadsheet. It was taking the place of the paper version that accountants manually edited, added to, and taped together.

From the original article, a fine use of quotation marks:

All this powerful scenario-testing machinery right there on the desktop induces some people to experiment with elaborate models. They talk of “playing” with the numbers, “massaging” the model. Computer “hackers” lose themselves in the intricacies of programming; spreadsheet hackers lose themselves in the world of what-if.

Sound familiar? Have a listen below. It’s not nearly as boring as it sounds.

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