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Rob Elshire

Remembering the Golden Age of Computer User Groups - Slashdot

Back in the mid--1980's when I was in high school I attended a local computer user group with some regularity. It was there that I learned about IBM computers and MS-DOS 2.2 From there it was the C: prompt and batch files. This led me to my first paying computer consulting jobs. One was at Cor-IT Sales, a power tool and fastener company. They had 1 computer and no one who knew how to make it work.

Rob Elshire

A Database of 5,000 Historical Cookbooks Is Now Online, and You Can Help Improve It - Gastro Obscura

This is a wonderful article about how Barbara Ketcham Wheaton started a database of cooking history before there were computers. It includes Julia Child, specially coded cards and knitting needles. Eventually it became The Sifter.

See the database.

Rob Elshire