Also in the area is Nathan's, the really great ice cream place -- you stay outdoors and there are round tables with seating & umbrellas -- and so I had a small vanilla cone. The part that comes out of the cone is about four inches, so you can imagine what the medium and large look like! I had just settled in to lick the cone when I saw friends arriving. Two members of the library group got in line and as Mike looked my way, I waved, and he looked closer and said Hi! He came over after ordering and Jackie waited at the pick-up window. I said "It's not 5pm yet" and it turned out Jackie didn't work today -- she's a part-time librarian and our book group leader.
She also volunteers as librarian for a local Catholic school and Mike and I discussed their problem. They have a DOS 5.0 system in the library with a library system that uses a proprietary file setup, and they have no printer that will work with it. So Mike and Jackie had been at the computer show and bought DOS 6.0, a printer and monitor, and had worked on it at the school, but the library system didn't work on DOS 6.0. It won't output to CSV, so they're thinking about Linux. Then Jackie told me they had 4000 books in the system and I told them I was entering that many in my own database: They should just get a library system that works with the school's XP computers and have kids enter in the catalog. Jackie can check them. They're not so sure about that. So we talked about other things and then all set off for home.