[LMB] OT: Moldy Oldies

PAT MATHEWS mathews55 at msn.com
Fri Apr 21 15:10:40 BST 2006


>From: "Alfred Kelgarries" <alfredkelgarries at hotmail.com>

>
>>
>>And what year wa that, if I may ask? I read them back in the mid-Sixtes, 
>>when our personal computers were about a foot long, made of wood, with 
>>log-log scales etched on.
>>
>I'm not willing to admit just how long ago that was (blushes), but let's 
>just say I wrote my first computer program by connecting wires on a 
>motherboard. In grad school, I got to move up to *punch cards*! Yay (NOT!)

Ah, yes, punch cards. And reel-to-reel tape. And huge machines tended by 
their priesthood - and data reduction by hand if need be. (Anyone here 
remember interpolations?)

Patriciasaurus Antiguas

>
>And it is a sign of the mental rot us old people undergo that it took me 
>two reads to realize what you were referring to as a PC, made of wood, with 
>log hash marks on them! (Oldie Test: Can anyone else on the list guess what 
>sort of PC she's referring to?)
>
>Alfred Kelgarries
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>Sun Tzu, modern version
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