From: bruce [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 2:03 PM
i recall my 1st use of a time share on the local university's machine..
my 7th grade math teach was taking colleges courses, in like 1972.. and
had access to a tele-type machine with the dialup phone couple hooked to
the machine created rollup punched out paper spools that we had written
"basic" programs on....
i thought punch cards were a step up when i got into college later on!
Punch cards were also my introduction to computing in college. All the
technology, the lights, the noise...
Very exciting, in a dull sense,
And then there was the Sinclair Spectrum.
my god i'm old!!!
I even remember gazing at a computer room with my mouth watering, impressed
with all the people wearing white lab coats!!
And then there was the geek.
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Les
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 8:10 AM
To: For users of Fedora
Subject: Re: Linux is KING - Couldn't be hacked - Mac, Vista went down
On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 20:36 -0700, Richard England wrote:
> BRUCE STANLEY wrote:
> > */Tim <ignored_mailbox(a)yahoo.com.au>/* wrote:
> > Tim:
> > >> have the CPU op-code cheat sheet in the coat pocket... ;-)
> > Les:
> > > I memorized it and threw it away. Does that mean I fail the
> > If you code in pen and ink before even going near the computer,
> > counts.
> > Back when I were a lad, we didn't use no debugger. We'd print the
> > code,
> > and attack the printout with pencils out to mark all the bugs and
> > corrections, then type the changes back in.
> > Tim, waiting for one of the old codgers to tell us a tale of how
> > had to make the valves and warm them up before starting... ;-)
> > =========
> > Type them in? I remember punching them in on Hollerith cards.
> > Dropped a pile of them once.
> > That motivated me to have the punch card machine to put sequence
> > on the cards so that they could be resorted again.
> > punch card machine
> Try dropping two trays , each about 2.5 feet long. They did that to me
> in the data center when I was in grad school. Luckily I had just
> printed they contents out and resequenced them. The manager of the data
> center had a cow when I told the staff to put the deck back together,
> but my advisor (bless him) stood behind me and insisted that if they had
> taken due care it wouldn't have happened.
> Ah cards, loved 'em (not). And drum cards. Boy there was an arcane art!
Did you have the diagonal line drawn on the top to help?
If they were Fortran, or COBOL, you could always sort on the line
number. I don't remember the other languages having line numbers.
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