Date: Mon Feb 26 22:44:42 2007

Author: Bernard Cleyet

Subject: Re: Elderly Computers forElderly People

Post:
I thought the birth had many, probably starting w/ storytelling around
the campfire thru cuneiform, papyrus, chinese invention of paper,
Gutenberg, etc. You've all seen this:

Damn, it's been removed!

Sorry I predate you. by about ten years, but then I was about 23. Used
an ASR teletype, probably because IBM had the patent. Invented
centuries before tho. Memory so small first one had to compile then
insert the operating system to run; had 64 read write heads for 6 Krpm
drum. If long program and run many times, one made it more efficient by
timing so ready to R or W just as the sector came up. In those days it
was bits and words (8 bits). It was musical too, one could recognize
some routines.

bc, who read early memories were acoustical delay lines (like Fender
reverb, but used Hg.)

p.s. that's not all, WAGNER lucky to be old enuff to not experience
Climate Change, etc. You poor young sods.

Steve Anderson wrote:

>> Well, Bill, most of us *prefer* to not date ourselves,
>
> ya, sure
> my first computer job (37 yrs ago @ age 13) was keeping the Control
> Data Cyber 360 TTY terminal tape punch reader working for the middle
> school's grading program and writing-editing BASIC. Then, on to
> calcomp & Tek plotters for the PDP-11 and VAX 750's for flow
> cytometery. Have used every type of storage/memory device that has
> been in common use (holo-memory didn't work out).
>
> Went to Homebrew CC meetings, have TRS-80, Atari 400, Exidy Wizard,
> Sinclair, Pet & C-64, Osborne, AT, Z-80 S-100 cp/m, and Appl-II
> computer collection, in work-able conditions (with a flight-shooter
> game for each one).
> Currently unzombied a Mac II, to read & convert old Laserium software
> files to ILDA format and tried to recover some Windows 3.11 Hall
> Effect files.
>
> It is amazing how fast these media formats become obsolete and file
> formats unreadable (my sympathy to future historians).
> Also, am (old guy) thoughtful of how (electronic) computers have
> really just been born and started to mature, in our lifetimes, a
> "flash in the pan". Am grateful everyday in the lab, that we can
> measure position and velocity & plot so easily (don't share this with
> students, though).
>
> We are lucky to be alive and witness this birth of the information age!
> (and do better physics demonstrations with it)
>
> moire on the internet here http://www.thocp.net/
> s.anderson
> CSU Sonoma
>
>

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