Prison Pete

Saturday, July 31, 2004
  Big News!
Oh, I almost forgot the "Big News": after a five-year dry spell, I am actually typing stuff into a computer! I started out using Windows 95 running Microsoft Word 2000.

What a piece of garbage!

I love the way it keeps assuming what you want to do! It feels so weird to be using software without being able to use a programming language to do what I want, but hey, beggars cannot be choosers.

You are not supposed to be able to use macros, but I managed to record one that cleans up a table, formats data, wraps text, etc.

Pretty cool.

I have already typed up a three-lesson, twelve-page sample book using a typewriter and the teachers went ga ga over it! They said I did a good job with the word problems. The bad news is I have no direct access to a printer.

They have about twenty PC’s, but no printers, in a non-networked setup to teach typing and basic word processing. I have to ask the one staff person responsible for the computer to copy my files to a floppy and then load it onto her system to print!

Needless to say, this is not an easy task to accomplish.

I am creating a training book for the GED test. The GED test has two math sections, one with calculator and one without. So I am working on the calculator part. It will hopefully end up being two books of forty pages each. We will be able to print it in-house!

I will send you a copy when I am done!
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