[LMB] OT: Moldy TCP/IP

Richard Suitor rsuitor at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 14:02:28 BST 2006

On 4/28/06, Adam Ek <adamek at mac.com> wrote:

> I remember taking a Numerical Analysis class in 1983. Twenty-five
> students had to share two Apple IIe computers. The problem was that
> the Fortran programs would take about 30 minutes to run and every two
> hours or so the computer would overheat. Plus, the computer would
> start to give garbage results just before it overheated.

Fan.  Once they got loaded up, they needed a fan.   The original ]['s
needed their chips reset in their sockets, periodically, after they'd
aged a bit - contacts got a bit flaky.  During cold weather it was a
good idea to have a ground around, too, to touch before touching the
computer.   One could get lots of experience points with these things

Pascal and Fortran both ran on interpreted virtual machines.  Hard to
do any real work with them.  Visicalc was done in assembler and purred
along just fine.  There was a lot of moaning when Pascal came out and
it was realized how it was done - but if they hadn't done it that way,
we wouldn't have had it.


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