30 Pounds of Microsoft Office
30 Pounds of Software Microsoft Office, Circa 1994 -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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30 Pounds of Software
Microsoft Office, Circa 1994

Going through some closets in our childhood home, my sister came across some software she bought fresh out of college. It's a blast from the 22-years-ago past, when software came with massive manuals.

In this case, the box weighs 30 pounds (14kg), and the manuals are 9" (23cm) wide.

Floppies. 31 Floppies. -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Floppies. 31 Floppies.
“ Disk Format: High Density (1.44 MB) ” -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Disk Format: High Density (1.44 MB)
A Few Manuals of very many -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Few Manuals
of very many
“ Micro Electronics ” ? -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Micro Electronics?

This was back when Windows™ was just Windows™ (it was a year or two before Windows 95). She paid about $500 for it, in 1994 dollars no less.

Side of the Box -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Side of the Box
Back -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back
Other Side -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Other Side

All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Ahh these floppy disks… memories!
I started with Windows 95. 🙂

— comment by Che-Cheh on March 14th, 2016 at 3:55pm JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Do you still have the computer that these programs were bought for?

I highly doubt it… it was my sister’s, and perhaps the old computer is buried under stuff in a closet somewhere, but if so, we haven’t found it yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom in SF on March 15th, 2016 at 12:06am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, old memories! I haven’t touched a floppy disk in at least 17 years… Thanks for the blast from the past!

— comment by Henk on March 15th, 2016 at 3:42am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I remember feeding 30 someodd floppy disks of word in. I also remember my college job at my university installing windows on new computers. I stacked the computers in a column and moved floppy disk 1 from the top computer to the next when it was done and start disk 2 on the top.

— comment by Bryn on March 15th, 2016 at 8:46am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Wowzers, this brings me back to the Packard Bell era at my house.

— comment by Julius on March 29th, 2016 at 3:32pm JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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