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We've come a long way. I was thinking, wow, it would have been amazing to work on a project like that. Then I realized the drudgery of hand soldering and wiring all those tubes. I guess no matter how technology advances, the drudgery never goes away, it only changes form.
Back in the late 80's I worked in the simulation lab at the local Air Force base. They had lots of fancy graphics equipment. While I was there, they purchased a prototype graphics engine. When fully populated, it was to have 1024x1024x32 bit resolution, sprites, the works. The prototype occupied a couple refrigerator-sized cabinets. Each cabinet contained a large number of 24"x24" ... wire-wrap boards .
Yes, the whole machine was wire-wrap. The two guys who delivered it spent months trying to get it working. When I finished my project, they only had one 1024x1024 plane functional.
My Dad worked on a tube computer. He said maintenance consisted of walking through the racks of tubes and looking for ones that are burnt out, then just unplug it and put in another, easier than changing a light bulb, no soldering required.
Winter kicks off today. I've been thinking of getting out the warm T-Shirt. Funny as faarrrkkkk to watch people for the past few weeks done up in jackets I wouldn't need in the snow and big thick scarfs.
Doesn't really get cold around here till middle of July and through August. And by cold I mean absolutely nothing like people get way up north like in Canadia and such. Might get -5 at night but will still be double digits during the day.
Bloody Millenials need to harden the faarrrkkkk up.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
That is the reason I like to live on the coast of California. The year I lived in Newport Beach, CA did not use the air conditioner or heater once. However I did use the fan. Now when I moved to Studio City, CA I real happy to have both, but still it is pretty mild there.
If only, first day of summer over here, but I prefer the winter.
Air conditioners are pretty rare in the Netherlands so when it's hot outside it's hot inside (which isn't very often, but still a few weeks a year).
Everyone has heaters though, so when it's cold outside I get to pick the temperature inside
You can always spot the travellers in Rome in autumn/spring, they are the ones in tshirt and shorts while the locals have their winter finest on. Fashion trumps comfort every time. You see it in SG as well, 30' and some of the locals have jumpers on, weird.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity