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Phase 1 Discussion Board 2 1 Running Head: PHASE 1 DISCUSSION BOARD 2: MANUAL VS. COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING Phase 1 Discussion Board 2: Manual vs. Computerized Accounting Chris Normand Colorado Technical University Accounting 210-01 Prof. Antoinette Callistro July 10, 2010
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Phase 1 Discussion Board 2 2 Phase 1 Discussion Board 2: Manual vs. Computerized Accounting Prof. Callistro and Classmates, I have been given the task of reporting on the differences between manual accounting systems and computerized accounting systems. I am old enough to remember when there were no personal computers. As for that fact, there were no computers in retail businesses either. All accounting was done manually. The only automatic accounting systems were the cash registers that you punched in the sale amount and then pulled a big handle on the side of it. This made the machine mechanically stamp the numbers onto a sales slip. They did have carbonless paper, so the retailer was able to get a copy for his records and give the other to the customer. Things have come a long way in a very short time. When I went into business in 1987, I purchased a personal computer, monitor, and software. I later purchased a dot matrix printer. My computer was a DOS (disk operating system) based computer, not Windows®. Compared to today’s standard, it was a dinosaur. It was a 286 sx with a 40 mb (yes, megabyte) hard drive. If I remember correctly, it had 28k (yes, kilobyte) ram memory. It cost me over $1,500.00, not including the software. The printer cost me $150. It was the cheapest printer you could purchase during that time. Even though the computer was archaic, compared to computers today, it offered great advantages over not having one and it soon paid for itself. When I got my computer set up, I went to a company, here in the Mobile, Alabama area, and purchased an expensive computerized accounting system called Safeguard
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Phase 1 Discussion Board 2 3 Systems. No, I did not purchase it online. There was no “Online” like there is now. Also, things were not as Plug-n-play as they are today and real people needed to be close by in order to come to your place of business and help with computer problems when they arose. They arose often. However, I was able to get it up and running on my own. Once
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