[LMB] [computer] Religion OT:

Robert A. Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Fri, 31 Oct 2003 21:58:05 -0800

On Friday, October 31, 2003, at 06:06  AM, Timothy Neumann wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Paula Lieberman
>> Hmm, this reminds me of a discussion at the MASSFILC meeting earlier  
>> this
>> month, where the topic got onto computers, and then we started
>> talked about
>> the unjoys of KEYPUNCHES.   What was really astonishing to me was
>> that there
>> were colleges where the students weren't -allowed- to do the  
>> keypunching
>> themselves!
>> --
> All right, show of hands:
> How many of you have ever keypunched in your life?

I have done it, but not since 1980 or so. Has anybody younger than 40  
used a keypunch machine?

> Okay, how many of you have ever Programmed a keypunch?

I am not certain what you mean by this. I suspect this is a feature  
than I would rarely use, since I was  generating code, not data cards.

> And finally, how many of you have randomized a punched deck?  [aka
> "dropped"]

I have dropped card decks; but I don't remember them being scattered  
randomly (besides, I always drew a diagonal line across the top of my  

Robert A. Woodward - robertaw at drizzle.com

"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.