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December 26, 2011



Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 26, 2011 1:27 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Heck, I'm almost older (64) than mainframe computers.

Posted by: Joel at December 26, 2011 9:01 PM

I am older.

Posted by: Peccable at December 27, 2011 1:45 AM

When the youngsters at work ask me how I manage to know so much about systems and stuff, I just tell them it's because I did my programming courses using IBM punch cards.

Then I make them go look it up.

Posted by: Daniel at December 27, 2011 7:16 AM

Being over 60, (with no grandchildren as of yet) I also am way older than the internets. In the 70's I worked on warehouse-sized computers that could do less than your iPhone can today. More stories for the young ones.

Posted by: drdave at December 27, 2011 3:14 PM

Why hell, I've got tennis shoes your age...
we used to crank our kerosine-powered TV with a pull cord.

Posted by: GaGator at December 27, 2011 4:49 PM

I'm 53, and I remember visiting the computer club in junior high school and seeing the rolls of punched paper tape they used. I didn't join, though.

I took one introductory programming course in community college, and used IBM punch cards.

A few years later, the first job I had where I used computers was an office job at a big insurance company. I spent about an hour a day doing simple data entry using a terminal with a plain-text monitor.

A few years after that, I got a job at a printing company where the owner had just recently bought an early Macintosh with a black & white monitor. I backed up customer files on floppy discs.

While I never became a programmer, I'm glad to have had those experiences. They make me appreciate my kick-ass Mac Pro with the 24" monitor and the internets all the more.

Posted by: rickl at December 27, 2011 5:38 PM

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