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    Default Tell that to the kids of today, and they won't believe you

    When I started work Daisy Wheels were top of the range printers, we had one green screen vdu to share, we used to have to hand write our programs on Coding sheets, a punch card machine had just been decommissioned and was sitting in the corridor, people used to smoke at their desks, the internet did not exist and Apple was still a fruit.
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    Ah yes, the good old days....


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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlake View Post
    Ah yes, the good old days....

    Actually that would make a great advert.


    Indeed and the swearing & casual sexism. Plus the drinking at lunchtime.

    Good thing we kept the incompetence & politics.
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    When I was fourteen or so I decorated my bedroom at Christmas with streamers made of punched paper tape containing development versions of a load of matrix manipulation programs I'd written on the school's PDP-8/e

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    Doing stats on one of these:

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aDN4s8ElxqE/maxresdefault.jpg

    Entering code on one of these:

    http://www.bytecollector.com/images/asr-33_vcf_02.jpg

    Writing in basic on one of these:

    http://oldcomputers.net/pics/pet2001-black.jpg

    Toggling bootstraps and writing FORTRAN IV/66 on one of these:

    http://www.dvq.com/oldcomp/ga/large/spc16-1.jpg

    Punching cards on one of these:

    https://www.technikum29.de/shared/ph...univac1710.jpg

    Verifying said card deck on one of these:

    https://www.technikum29.de/shared/ph...ation-m200.jpg

    Printing out Fairchild 4000 tester programs on one of these:

    https://ub.fnwi.uva.nl/computermuseu...writer2201.gif

    Punching mylar tape on one of these: (it's not the right one but similar):

    http://www.cryptomuseum.com/telex/sa...2/001/full.jpg

    Hard drives using 5440 cartridges:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tt8Jd97U-Z...0/IMG_1940.JPG

    and these:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...sk_2009_G1.jpg

    All of which being replaced with

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9-RyvZxKufo/hqdefault.jpg

    and, alarmingly:

    http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225...g-gwecv9vw.jpg

    As you say, kids just wouldn't believe it.

    One of the strangest things was the inability to read back punched tapes, so if one got damaged you were royally screwed if the source file didn't exist. Much typing would ensue of 60 character records that told the Fairchild 4000 tester what to test and how to test it.

    This being a Fairchild 4000:

    https://www.chiphistory.org/product_...1960_intro.jpg
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    Terminals? Keyboards?
    Luxury.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    When I was fourteen or so I decorated my bedroom at Christmas with streamers made of punched paper tape containing development versions of a load of matrix manipulation programs I'd written on the school's PDP-8/e
    And......

    Look how far you have come

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    When I was fourteen or so I decorated my bedroom at Christmas with streamers made of punched paper tape containing development versions of a load of matrix manipulation programs I'd written on the school's PDP-8/e
    ....using primitive editing tools, no doubt....


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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlake View Post
    ....using primitive editing tools, no doubt....

    Taken!!!!!
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