Shelves: generations , history Howe and Strauss covered the 13th Generation--and the other 13 American generations--briefly in their first book, Generations. Here they go into great and often grim detail about what we now call Generation X. The writing is livelier than Generations, fortunately. The sidebars are interesting, although distracting. In some respects, yes, the book is showing its age. They will become the only generation born this century the first since the Gilded to suffer a one-generation backstep in living standards" has added oomph to it as I write this in the recession of
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Illustrated by R. New York: Vintage Books. REVILED as apathetic, cynical and just plain dumb by both its elders and itself, the generation born between and has, understandably enough, an inferiority complex bordering on the pathological. But guess what? Consider the statistics presented in "13th Gen": child poverty, employment, wages, home ownership, arrest records -- in every category, this generation, the 13th since the American Revolution, is doing worse than the generation that came before.
Indeed, for the first time since the Civil War, the authors of "13th Gen" keep reminding us, young people are unlikely to surpass the affluence of their parents. Howe is an economist and historian, Mr. Matson, and even an intermittent dialogue with Ian Williams, a genuine member of the "13th gen" and a computer hacker, who surfs into the text from cyberspace.
The authors have managed to capture the contrived glibness of post-modernism while missing just about all of its essential irony. All those parents who got divorced, encouraged "open" schooling and neglected their children while indulging themselves are the real villains. Howe and Mr. That agenda becomes clear in part of their wish list for how the 13th generation may influence the future: "13ers will reverse the frenzied and centrifugal cultural directions of their younger years.
They will clean up entertainment, de-diversify the culture, reinvent core symbols of national unity, reaffirm rituals of family and neighborhood bonding, and re-erect barriers to cushion communities from unwanted upheaval.
Tell that to the women, immigrants, members of minority groups, lesbians, gay men and others whose laborious struggles were in part responsible for all that "unwanted upheaval.
13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, and Fail?
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Illustrated by R. New York: Vintage Books. REVILED as apathetic, cynical and just plain dumb by both its elders and itself, the generation born between and has, understandably enough, an inferiority complex bordering on the pathological. But guess what?
Even the first IBM PC had hardware that told the operating system that the disk drive door was open, but returning an error to software trying to read the disk would break the ability to manage disks this way without such changes. Still, it was desirable to improve the experience, in particular by giving the user a way to get out of the hang without having to find a disk to insert in the drive. Description[ edit ] A missing disk or disk drive door opened was defined by DOS as a "critical error" and would call the "critical error handler". COM  and printed the "Abort, Retry, Other problems in particular, a checksum error while reading data from a disk were also defined as a "critical error", thus causing the prompt to appear for reasons other than a missing disk or opened disk drive. Users could press a key to indicate what they wanted to happen; available options included:  Abort A : Terminate the operation or program, and return to the command prompt.
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