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Old 03-31-2018, 11:08 AM   #21
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I miss the punch card sorting machines. Those things were mechanical marvels and fun to watch. Just don't drop your stack of cards on the floor. Hated to have to start over from column 1.

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When I started working for IBM, I serviced card punch machines. It was a great job at the time.
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When I started working for IBM, I serviced card punch machines. It was a great job at the time.
Just for the youngsters (55 and younger) who may not know what we are talking about thought I would provide some pictures. Two punch cards, a card sorter and a punch card machine.

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The keypunch is a model 129, it was the latest thing in 1972 when I started with Big Blue.
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I started on the ugly old 029 keypunch machines, eventually went to the Univac 1700 series electronic ones. You had to be a heck of a mechanic and good at electronics in those days...
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Must we bring back terrible memory of punch cards? What's next, paper tape???

On the news, I am assuming these are the new class of small satellites so they can be sent up at a far faster rate than the older ones.
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A genuine Chinese Abacus** (we keep one around if the calculators batteries die. )

**Chinese because itís two beads above the rail, and 5 below. If it was one and four, it would be a Japanese Soroban...

Daily trivia delivered. Heading to bed now...

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Must we bring back terrible memory of punch cards? What's next, paper tape???

On the news, I am assuming these are the new class of small satellites so they can be sent up at a far faster rate than the older ones.
Probably about the size of a basietball....
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