InfoWorld did point out, however, a major bonus was that the software that came with the Osborne 1 was worth $1,500 and included WordStar word processing, SuperCalc
spreadsheets, BASIC, and the CP/M operating system with all of its utilities.
In parallel to that, we also had to have the bods from IT increase our personal disk space requirements, as more and more of our workaday documents originated on the PC, and we were using more and more PC-based applications like WordPerfect and Supercalc
He also did stock option yield analysis with SuperCalc
, an early spreadsheet application.
As Graaskamp points out, "The impact of the minicomputer, spreadsheet models like SuperCalc
, and cheap software packages to do specific types of analysis will be incredible.
Visicalc and Supercalc
, and then Excel, hadn't arrived yet."
My analysis of the history behind OS/2, CP/M, Z-80 microcomputers, SuperCalc
, VisiON, Easy Writer, the Amiga and the Mac, IBM's Future Systems and Olympiad projects, MicroChannel architecture, the Xerox Star, Presentation Manager, Univac, DEC, Osborne, Kaypro, Commodore, Xerox' inability to take advantage of PARC's technology, IBM's inability to take advantage of RISC, and the list goes on and on, seem to confirm my point.
"So I bought a 386 and started writing my data into the spreadsheet program Supercalc
, which was a really stupid mistake, since the Met Office was using Excel.
During the 1980s, most spreadsheets, such as Lotus 1-2-3, SuperCalc
and Quattro Pro were developed using the existing DOS (Disk Operating System) environment.
Oddly, Cartwright bases his work on the functional but unpopular SuperCalc
rather than the far more widely used Lotus 1-2-3 or Excel.
Soon thereafter the more powerful SuperCalc
and then Multiplan spreadsheet programs were introduced, finally followed by Lotus 1-2-3, which quickly became the standard for many in the profession.
Computer Literacy, July 5-9, offers instruction and experience for beginners in WordPerfect, Supercalc
and Dbase III Plus.