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Old 02-02-2006, 01:46 PM   #71
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Wow, you guys are really very young. 5.25-inch floppies are modern. The first computer I ever purchased, a Wang in 1975, had an 8-inch floppy with a massive storage capacity of 156,000 bytes, if this old brain's memory serves.

A few years later, I bought a 10 megabyte hard drive that had 5 megabytes fixed and 5 megabytes on a platter that measured about 20 inches across. The drive itself weighted about 150 pounds and cost $30,000!!! That's $3,000 per megabyte circa 1979 versus about $250 for 160 gigabytes today or $0.0016 per megabyte!!
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Old 02-02-2006, 02:05 PM   #72
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1970. Anybody here run a DEC PDP-11?
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Old 02-02-2006, 02:56 PM   #73
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I saw those 8" floppies when I was in high school. We just looked at them and grinned. 3.5" disks were the rage at the time, but I still loved my 5.25 that I could use a hole punch on to get them to be double sided. I think the 8.5s were connected to a WANG terminal somehow, but we never touched the thing since we spent most of our time connecting Mac Pluses (1mb) with a 5mb hard drive under one as a server together across the building (a huge complex) to AppleTalk, or then called LocalTalk.

You know when it comes to computers, I feel like Michael Corleone. Every time I try to get out, they pull me right back.
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Old 02-02-2006, 03:40 PM   #74
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Old 02-02-2006, 05:01 PM   #75
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Yes, I used a Digital PDP-11, also the the -35 & -45. I don't recall the model of first computer I used in the late 60's, but it was made by GE in Phoenix. The first personal computer I used was the Digital PDP-8E and the I/O device was a Teletype model 28 with papertape. And it produced chad !!!
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Old 02-02-2006, 05:23 PM   #76
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I used to be a computer operator and programmer in the early 70's at a local bank. The first mainframe I ran was an IBM 1410 that had 16K of memory. The first mainframe computer I programmed at the bank, a Honeywell had 32K of memory and a 3.5 megahertz processor. Our first really big mainframe was a Burroughs that had 50K of memory and disk packs that held 225 megabytes each.

What we have sitting on our desktops or laptops is something none of us could have ever dreamed about back in those days.

My first work on a PC was an Apple 2E. I was the treasurer for a parochial school. I used to do spread sheets on it. I thought I was in heaven.

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Old 02-02-2006, 05:43 PM   #77
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The three PC's I have currently operating in our home have more computing power than all of NASA in 1969, when man first walked on the moon.
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:11 PM   #78
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Macs -3 PCs - 1 soon to be none. I used Macs in college 20 years ago; switched back to Macs 4 years ago. Time spent on maintenance (and I am a heavy user) NONE! No software or hardware issues at all.
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Old memories... I wrote my first computer program in college in 1963. Never took a course, however, because computers were too new then. As a freshman, I lived in Sperry Hall; the computer center was in Rand Hall. Can you guess the brand of the computer? How about the alma mater of Messrs Sperry and Rand?
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Macs and PCs

Started on Macs with a Mac Plus. Teaching graphic design on the Mac was the only way to go, still is. MacPlus to Mac Ci and Si and 6100, to PowerMacs now G4. But...being given the opportunity to teach an online course, I felt compelled to buy a PC, since most students have pcs at home, and I am expected to troubleshoot their problems from home. Actually they need Dr. Laura to troubleshoot their problems, but that's another story.

I have found the Dell laptop to be a good servicable machine, and once I got over the incredibly counter intuitive "housekeeping" processes, I find that most of the good graphic software works as well on both platforms. I still have my G4 at home and one at work and if money were not a consideration I would go with a mac laptop. (probably will someday again)

Where's the spell check on this thang?

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Old memories... I wrote my first computer program in college in 1963. Never took a course, however, because computers were too new then. As a freshman, I lived in Sperry Hall; the computer center was in Rand Hall. Can you guess the brand of the computer? How about the alma mater of Messrs Sperry and Rand?
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Guess some of us are young. My first computer was a Texas Instruments 99A. Hooked it up to a black and white television. I had a tape drive for storage. Sold it to pay for a skate board in Junior High!
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Guess some of us are young. My first computer was a Texas Instruments 99A. Hooked it up to a black and white television. I had a tape drive for storage. Sold it to pay for a skate board in Junior High!
I had one of those, or I should say it was a family Christmas present from Santa for all of us....can't say I like it much, but it was interesting, esp the tape storage.

Bought my Apple IIc about 6 months later.
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Remember when Intellivision came out? They promised all kinds of add on accessories which included a tape drive. This was going to be your gaming device and your home computer. I still have mine along with a pot full of games. Still works!

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Remember when Intellivision came out? They promised all kinds of add on accessories which included a tape drive. This was going to be your gaming device and your home computer. I still have mine along with a pot full of games. Still works!

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Do NOT even get me started Jack. I had been all over eBay getting more carts for my Atari 2600 and picked up an Intellivision with the speech box and a cartfull of games.....I love Utopia and Loco-Motion...of course I never really cared or the controllers, but when the guys come over, for grins we break out the Apple IIs, the 2600 and the Intellivision....
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