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Old 04-01-2004, 12:27 PM   #29
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Ed you must be older than I Thought if you can remember computers in 1972.
I was in the seveth grade then we had no idea what a computer was , my how times have changed.

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[color=blue]From reading your reply, I think you misunderstood something.
Namely, the HD is inside the 'puter~! It's just that, I can remove or change over to another HD via the front panel. In other words, I don't have to open the puter's case to switch over to another HD.. This allows me to be able to keep right on working even if something were to go wrong with one, by just switching HD. (like HD failure, etc.) In the beginning, I had WINXP on two of the HD and, WINME on the third. I'm thinking of switching over to Linux on the third HD and, use it to get familiar with that O/S..
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That makes more sense. Speaking of removable things, I just got rid of my old TRS80 when I moved last month...along with a bunch of other obsolete computer stuff. No room now.
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Old 04-01-2004, 12:30 PM   #31
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Ed you must be older than I Thought if you can remember computers in 1972.
I was in the seveth grade then we had no idea what a computer was , my how times have changed.

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At that point I was carrying armloads of punchcards containing all the students' information, grades, etc. for printing report cards. And woe to the person that dropped said armload...
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Old 04-01-2004, 12:35 PM   #32
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In 1972 I was an engr. for Burroughs (anyone remember them?) & was installing a B-3500 mainframe for a bank in Cambridge, MA. The other mainframe there was a GE/Spectra-7, their entire row of washing machine sized disks were 'skinless' & each had a 19" box-fan (a la local hrdwr. store) blowing on them to keep 'em from overheating & crashing! Boy have times changed in 30+ yrs!!

In 1972 we actually had a real-live (OMG-gee-whiz technology) time-share dumb terminal at my high school that was connected to the University of Iowa mainframe so we could run our cobol programs. I have never felt so clueless in my life as trying to figure out computers in the early '70s! Swore I'd NEVER lay another hand on one... So much for oaths...

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Ed you must be older than I Thought if you can remember computers in 1972.
I was in the seveth grade then we had no idea what a computer was , my how times have changed.
The problem is I was already working on them in '72, post-grad! ...you remember, we powered 'em directly with coal & steam, electricity hadn't become practical 'back then') !
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The problem is I was already working on them in '72, post-grad! ...you remember, we powered 'em directly with coal & steam, electricity hadn't become practical 'back then') !
Hey, Ed... you know I was thinking about pulling my V10 powerplant and replacing it with one of those Babbage Engines... whadya think?

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Hey, Ed... you know I was thinking about pulling my V10 powerplant and replacing it with one of those Babbage Engines... whadya think?

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Roger, just make sure the tens to hundreds 'carry tine' is clear before pulling the lever or it'll jam!!!! what a "folly" you'll have!!!!
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The problem is I was already working on them in '72, post-grad! ...you remember, we powered 'em directly with coal & steam, electricity hadn't become practical 'back then') !
Ed&Debbie~
What do you think of the Ole Sperry-Rand puters? I never worked on one as I WAS TOO young then but, my Uncle worked for them back in the early 50's~! He actually appeared on this TV show that 'aired' back then for a dating service. Sorta like matching people based on what the puter said...lmao, it flopped~big time.
My first exposure to puter language was in '65, when I took a college course on writing programs.. It was all in pure math~!~Big time. As best I can remember it now, it was all in x' and y's and the voltage switching of those crossing to achieve the logic one or zero~

The original purpose was to give a design matching character to the upcoming cork flooring that, I hope to one-day get in the Sovereign..That's how come I found these cabinets..
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My Dad was a CE for IBM starting in the 60's. He work on such wonderful storage devices as Punch card machines. Did a lot of repair work for the Mainframes used by the Big 3 in Detroit. Drove around with about 6 of them HUGE platter discs in the truck on his car. They were worth more then the car.
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Two computers were talking, and the first one said: "101110101110001010101001100101011010101010101 "
And the other replied: "0101111000101010101010"
Sorry, very old computer joke....
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Hi Flying Cloud,

My husband just built one of the MSI computers and put it in our newly acquired 86 MH. We will take pictures in a few days once the trim pieces are around it. It works well. He bought the chassis at the local Comp USA (Nashua) and built the computer.

Flying Cloud we just live up the road from you. PM me if you want to come by and I will send you directions!. The MH is in the front yard currently as we are waiting for the rain to stop and yard to dry from the winter snow to build our MH barn.

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What do you think of the Ole Sperry-Rand puters? 53FC
If memory serves me; Univac, Sperry, Rand, Burroughs, & ?? are still somewhat alive under the Unisys name. Not unlike Digital & Compac which are now under HP. Wonder what happened to Data General & Wang?
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Hi Flying Cloud,

My husband just built one of the MSI computers and put it in our newly acquired 86 MH. We will take pictures in a few days once the trim pieces are around it. It works well. He bought the chassis at the local Comp USA (Nashua) and built the computer.

Flying Cloud we just live up the road from you. PM me if you want to come by and I will send you directions!. The MH is in the front yard currently as we are waiting for the rain to stop and yard to dry from the winter snow to build our MH barn.

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If memory serves me; Univac, Sperry, Rand, Burroughs, & ?? are still somewhat alive under the Unisys name. Not unlike Digital & Compac which are now under HP. Wonder what happened to Data General & Wang?
I do believe your informations about Unisys is correct. Not sure about the connection with Burroughs??
The old Wang Hdqtrs is still standing, located just off of I-495, was sold off for pennies on the dollar back abt 10 yrs ago or so. After the old man died, the son took over the business and, it just went belly up shortly after that.The actual selling price was in the 500k price range, if my memories serves me rightly.
Data General, It's been years since I've heard anything at all about them. As far as I know it, they're still around. Used to know some "real sharp" ham radio guys that worked for them once. Good question~
Aww..memory lane..I'm feeling the pain..lmao
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