[TriLUG] Old Guy Stories
jim at neuse.net
Sun Feb 11 13:10:58 EST 2007
> I was born in 1936 ( makes this an ancient guy story )
> My first "personal" computer was the TI-99-4A. I could only afford the
> unit, no disk drives of any sort. I make me a "cassette drive" using a
> portable cassette recorder and wired up my own connecting cable.
> Only programming language was a form of basic. Even a short program
> would take over 30 minutes to load from cassette to "pc". I usually
> loaded the program while I was eating supper. When I finished with my
> meal, my computer would be waiting for me.
> One of my first computers that I use in my work was a mini-computer, 12
> bit words, and magnetic core memory. It used punch paper tape. It was
> part of a broadcast automation system. I never did know the
> manufacturer's name for the computer.
[Jim Ray pontificates] you've got me beat by a quarter century :-) no one
can say they've got more experience than the folks that have seen the
industry grow up around us. thank god/allah/[insert diety of the day] we
woke up today.
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