[TriLUG] Old Guy Stories
jonesjc at intrex.net
Mon Feb 12 08:28:59 EST 2007
I wonder how many times the station went dead because of a BSOD?
Roy Vestal wrote:
> Heh, in the early 90's, I was a "board op" on the weekends at a local
> AM station. The owner's brother him setup a 386 based PC running
> *cough* Windows *cough* and a broadcast "suite" for automating the
> boards. I helped him setup the communications (at a whopping 2400
> baud) so he could connect from home and run the station.
> Within a month I lost my job. :(
> Stinking automation! ;)
> J.C. Jones wrote:
>> At least you have had the opportunity to get an "education" in
>> computers. What I have learned has been through necessity and I don't
>> do a very good job of learning.
>> The world of broadcast automation has changed drastically since I was
>> first exposed to it in the sixties.
>> I need to visit one of the local radio stations and see how they are
>> using automation, pc's, etc today. I am sure that it is nothing like
>> my days of radio and television.
>> Jim Ray wrote:
>>>> 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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