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Reviews About Old Software on CD-ROM from the 1990’s

Clark Howard’s Consumer Survival Kit April 16, 2009

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Clark Howard’s Consumer Survival Kit

The most stunning thing about Repacking Your Bags is that it could possibly have a rival for the title of Most Inane, but it does: Clark Howard’s Consumer Survival Kit (IBM Multimedia), which is more bizarrely unnecessary than offensively bad (more…)

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No Trust’ No Sale! February 2, 2009

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No Trust? No Sale!

Nearly as useless as Emily Post is No Trust? No Sale! (WilsonLearning), which features ‘Frank Donner: Master Sales Trainer’, who offers no credentials, telling you exactly what qualifies him as a ‘master’, and who hardly encourages you to give him the benefit of the doubt, with his comprehensive sales philosophy of ‘sales is about establishing rapport’ (more…)

 

Repacking Your Bags January 13, 2009

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Repacking Your Bags

At the opposite extreme we find Repacking Your Bags (Wilson Learning), a paean to the brand of philosophy practiced on California bumper stickers. This extended book advertisement, which poses as a personal growth learning program, provides talking heads in front of a soothing campfire discussing dilemmas such as career, place, and purpose (more…)

 

Take Your Best Shot December 24, 2008

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Take Your Best Shot

After examining your inner child long enough you might need to work off some steam, which is the idea behind Take Your Best Shot (7th Level), an interactive collection of Bill Plympton’s drawings and animations (more…)

 

ResumeMaker Deluxe December 22, 2008

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ResumeMaker Deluxe

After failing in your sales career, you’ll need to find yourself a real job. ResumeMaker Deluxe (Individual Software) and Create Your Own Dream Job (Wilson Learning) seek to point you in the right direction, with varying results (more…)

 

Corel CD Office Companion December 4, 2008

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Corel CD Office Companion

Perhaps the most successful of the Personal Management Tools we looked at was the least ambitious. Corel CD Office Companion (Corel Corp.) is a basic ‘suite’ program, combining a handful of office management programs on one disc for convenience and space-saving (more…)

 

Multimedia IQ Test December 2, 2008

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Multimedia IQ Test

One of the few self-evaluation programs that provides tangible feedback is Multimedia IQ Test (Virtual Entertainment). The debate about the objective value of IQ tests falls well beyond our purview, and seems also to fall beyond the purview of the creators of this disc, who have included a sober introduction stressing that IQ tests might not really measure anything (more…)