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    "Not my circus, not my monkeys."

  • #2
    Oh, the good 'ol IBM 026. And how I remember it well. All 12 cards per minute.
    There are no atheists in a fox hole or the morning of a math test.
    If my flag offends you, I'll help you pack.


    • #3
      We all have to start somewhere... That was my first experience with computers in 1975. Fortran, Cobol and Neat/3. My path from classroom to classroom was designed around passing the computer lab to see if any of the punch stations were open. If one was, I jumped in for a few cards. While other students were hanging out in the bathroom or dark corner with their girlfriends I was in the bright lab clicking away. I'm surprised I didn't get beat up more often.



      • #4
        My first contact with computers was not punched cards.
        It was this:
        The language was Algol-Genius, a merger of Algol and COBOL.
        /Fim W
        Fim Wästberg


        • #5
          Thanks Fim, I enjoyed that. Technology is a lot quieter these days, is it not?

          In my senior year of high school (1973-4) I took a "math class" in Fortran. One stack of cards per day was driven to the local college and run on their computer; we got the cards and a printout (often Syntax Error) the next day. It didn't lead to anything until I started using a IBM XT at work, and picked up a copy TurboBASIC.
          "Not my circus, not my monkeys."


          • #6
            I am blessed that I missed punch cards, I saw them in a company I worked for when I was young but did not see another computer until the early 80s but did not have much time to play with them as I was running a business that needed 14-16 hours a day. bought my first x86 box in about 1990, this magnificent DX486 and a 300 meg NEC full height hard disk. This stuff cost me a fortune back then and with over a grand $AU for THE original SDK, I dived in head first at MASM, BASIC and C, (All Microsoft).

            I have owned and used many computers since then but I still remember the startup sound of the first one, 2 floppies, the BIOS very loud BEEP and the sound of the NEC full height disk winding up. I got 5 years out of it and the very rare ESDI card was starting to fail so my next box had SCSI disks in it. I never had the heart to throw it out as it all cost me a fortune back then so the ESDI disk at about the size of a house brick sits at the bottom of a wardrobe and I still have the motherboard in its original box. The others computers except the current ones have all fallen by the wayside.
            hutch at movsd dot com
            The MASM Forum