The computer corner
spreadsheets: useful tools or lethal weapons?
Just as generations of computers have evolved, so too have spreadsheets, the workhorses of microcomputers. The first generation and the forerunner of the modern spreadsheet was born out of desperation of a pair of overworked graduate students. In 1979, two MBA students at Harvard University named Bricklin and Frankston collaborated in an attempt to find an easier way to solve business problems and perform calculations. The Visible Calculator, dubbed VisiCalc, was born. This work saving aid became so popular that a host of such products has followed.