See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCarthy_(computer_scientist)
Here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the local newspaper publishes plain death notes for free. If you want it adorned or specially formated you have to pay.
A major bank (Banco Real of Santander Group) in Brazil had a problem on New Years Day: its ATMs would not accept 2010-01-04 (Monday) as a working day. But accept current day (on 2010-01-01) as valid and then send a message stating the transaction would be schedule for 2010-01-04!
The typical page layout program is nothing more than an electronic light table for cutting and pasting documents.