"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 14 August 1998. Updated every WEEKDAY.





In 1979, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston introduced VisiCalc to the world; a half-dozen years later, the easier-to-use descendants of that ground-breaking tool for budget modeling, mortgage calculations, and other business tasks would forever alter the course of magazine content. True, magazines featured charts prior to the age of the spreadsheet - but it wasn't until Excel's deceptively organized-looking grids of corporate trivia became the dominant mode of mid-'80s cubicle-era knowledge transfer that the chart achieved the front-of-the-book ubiquity that it continues to enjoy today.

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