pierre.rineau at makina-corpus.com
Sat Oct 9 11:26:06 UTC 2010
On Sat, 2010-10-09 at 00:07 -0700, Earl Miles wrote:
> On 10/8/2010 10:25 PM, jeff at ayendesigns.com wrote:
> > Whoa! Retirement age??!! I used punch cards, card sorters, wrote device
> > drivers to get the keyboard to talk to the cpu, developed functions to
> > store and retrieve records from files before databases, and wrote my
> > first few dozen apps in mnemonic assembler, used 8" hard-sectored
> > floppies, a converted IBM selectric as line printer, CP/M, PC-DOS,
> > Windows 1, and remember my jaw dropping when they rolled out the first
> > CRT (you can backspace?!)... and I've got at almost 20 years yet until I
> > retire, though I can take up a collection if I need to go sooner!
> 20 years from retirement makes you only a few years older than I am. I
> remember the 8" floppies, IBM selectrics, CP/M (though I missed Windows
> 1 since I got my start in the Apple and Commodore sides)...but rarely
> did I ever see punch cards even hanging around serious geeks in the 80s.
> Maybe it's background related. Or maybe the 80s were longer than I
> remember them being. But my memory is that by the late 70s, punch cards
> were pretty much on their way out, and by the time PCs came to market in
> the early 80s, nobody was using them except for places with legacy
> systems that couldn't be upgraded -- and that's 40 years ago now.
> I remember visiting a facility that used punch cards in the 80s, but
> even they thought they were antiques at that point.
> Just to check my history, I did a quick google and found some terminals
> with monochrome displays, I assume CRTs, from 1969. That's 40 years ago
> by itself. If you were a working adult in the 60s, that'd make you late
> 50s at best, and late 50s isn't 20 years from retirement age (whether or
> not people retire at retirement age is another story). If you were a kid
> in the 60s and happened to be near people who used the stuff, that's
> pretty lucky. I know as a teenager in the 80s I had to work pretty hard
> to get near computers until I managed to wheedle my parents into getting
> me one.
Amiga's were the best boxes ever designed, still have one running @home,
seriously tweaked to fit in a ATX tower with some wires manually welded
on the motherboard to make recent the power block running it.
Yay \o/ I will never loose those memories neither.
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