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Old 02-16-2010, 04:06 PM   #41
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You folks are making me and my dual-floppy PC seem downright recent.
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Worked in Base Supply? ....
How did you guess. Must be a fellow "bus driver".
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My first exposure to a computer was in 1963. We got one at megacorp and it was an IBM 1401. I had to go to programming school which at that time was all fortran and cobalt. The computer itself was huge with all the tape drives, card readers, printers and a dozen girls doing punch cards. When we had something complicated we had to transmit the data over telephone lines to a central computer in Detroit (an IBM 360). It did the calculations and transmitted the date back to our site. The computer I'm on right now is probably a 1000 times more capable that that thing back in '63. Off the topic a little, I remember in 1976, my boss told me that when those new battery operated calculators got below $100 he was going to get one.
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I lived in Minneapolis from 1968 to 1974. In about 71 a friend of mine was a math teacher in Fosston, MN. He drove several hours from there to Minneapolis for the sole purpose of buying one of those $100 four function calculators that you couldn't give away today.
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:56 AM   #46
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cobalt...
How about COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language) ...

BTW, my first was an IBM1620 (Fortran/SPS), in 1965. That was on the solid state computer devices. I actually started on unit record equipment (402/403/407/514/519/082/083/084/etc), using plug boards for "programming" and a manual to review the timing charts for the machine cycles...
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