Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


7.6.10
  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.
 
Comments:
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. ;)
 
Gabriele


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...

'ROMAN GLADIATOR GRAVEYARD' UNEARTHED IN BRITAIN

by Michelle Fitzpatrick, Agence France Presse, 08 Jun 2010
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100608/lf_afp/britainhistoryarchaeology_20100608063657

and...

SCARS FROM LION BITE SUGGEST HEADLESS ROMANS FOUND IN YORK WERE GLADIATORS
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
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jun/07/york-gladiator-graveyard
 
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. ;)

Jeri,
thank you for the links.

Carla,
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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