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VINE VOICEon 1 January 2012
It's 1971: computers are those strange machines that do odd things to Gas bills (Headlines such as Mrs Brown receives £999,999,982.45 Gas Bill were common) or are dark machines dedicated to global domination (See "The Forbin Project" or "The Billion Dollar Brain"). No-one - and I mean no-one - had a computer at home or even works directly with one in the office: mysterious machines indeed.

Then along comes Ladybird books and produces a simple, clear and highly readable book that explains the basics of what a computer does, how it does it and what can go wrong. Illustrated with a picture on every page, it doesn't patronise its audience (assumed to be 8-11 years old) but it doesn't avoid tackling some technical ideas, such as binary arithmetic.

For its time it was a terrific children's book: clear, concise and enjoyable. It is now rather past it, but as an example of how to write a children's book it cannot be bettered. As a final thought - There was a story that in the mid-70's the UK Ministry of Defence ordered 500 copies of this book to educate senior staff - if so, someone chose well.
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on 14 December 2015
I still have this book from the 1970's - or an earlier edition of it.
I was doing a newly introduced O Level in Computer Science - the teacher handed out a long tome that was the official text book - then said it was probably best for us to all head to WH Smiths to buy a copy of this. The amazon listing popped up when I was looking at the new series of Adult Ladybird books - brought back fond memories - and must of done some good, my O Level may have included state of the art 'punched card' technology, but I have run IT departments for several organisations on the strength of it (and maybe a tiny bit of CPD!)
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on 15 February 2016
Great book from the 60's/70's, just as I remember it from when I was a wee 'un. Good to see how much we got right, and wrong...
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on 29 November 2015
Very good condition for an original product. A trip down memory lane for a computer engineer's birthday gift.
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on 2 May 2016
a bit dated, but still gives the basic layout of a computer
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on 22 December 2015
great secret santa present for IT team member
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on 21 July 2010
This was a really great book and it really helped me learn about puters. Now I can surf the internet and send e-mails without any problems. Thank you magic Ladybird.

Leon Ross
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on 7 January 2017
my own history
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on 18 December 2015
Great
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