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  Sometimes I Want a Stylus and Wax Tablets

Because Microsoft programs don't make any sense, dammit. I've spent several hours trying to get a PowerPoint presentation up, and I'm still swearing at Word 2007 on occasion.

Roman writing utensils, Haltern

Slightly corroded styli and a scraper to smoothen the wax surface.

I'll be back with a longer post as soon as I got the bunch of monkeys that keep me occupied off my back.
Do they still make those toys for kids? The wax tablet with a sheet of plastic over the top. To erase, you simply lift the sheet and the impressions are no longer visible.
Low tech has its advantages, doesn't it?
I spent about four hours at the weekend on the guest list for the next book launch, and when I fired up the Mac this morning it had created new files of about five things I didn't need and didn't save or back up the one I did. Cue computer rage!
Ouch Doug, that's no fun. I thought it was only Microsoft that did things like that, not the Macs. ;)
That doesn't bode well for our office switchover to Word 07 next month. I'm cringing already in anticipation. You have my sympathies.
Constance, finding features in Word 2007 is a bit likke seeking easter eggs in an overgrown garden at first. But you can customize the thing to some extent, and once the weird logic, or lack thereof, of Microcrap programs starts making sense, it's no longer that bad.

Now, PowerPoint 2007 is another matter. That one didn't make sense in the older versions to begin with. ;)

Bill Gates has a frustration algorithm built into all his software. It detects the frustration level of the user, the more frustrated they are, the more erratic the software behaves. Be nice and a talk to it in friendly voice. :- )
I'm sure you've already seen this, but just in case...


by Michelle Fitzpatrick, Agence France Presse, 08 Jun 2010


Evidence from tests on 80 skeletons of young men found in Yorkshire
gardens points to world's best-preserved gladiator graveyard,
archaeologists say

Martin Wainwright, The Guardian(UK), 7 June 2010
I bet wax tablets and styli were also cursed by their owners :-)

Good luck with getting PPT and Word to behave themselves!
Hi Saxon (Blogger was hiding your comment from me),
I know what you mean but I haven't seen those around for a while. It's probably cell phones these days. ;)

thank you for the links.

I'm sure they did. Esp. the kids who had to learn how to write. I don't wnna learn no stupid Latin, I wanna go play. :)
Those tablets actually reminded me of the iPad! Maybe technology has gone round in a circle - but just added a few extra silicon chips!
Lol, if the Romans had silicon chips, they'd totally have used them.
Ergo tam doctae nobis periere tabellae,
scripta quibus pariter tot periere bona!

(So, my cunning writing-tablets are lost, then, and many good texts as well!)

Sextus Propertius (again :)
He should have made backup files. :)
Lol! I was thinking that the frustration of dealing with inanimate objects has always been universal :)
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK and other places, with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)