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Whilst at college in the late 70s, I went punting (flat bottomed boat driven by long pole) with some mates on a sunny Saturday afternoon. For the purpose of brevity, alcohol was taken and care wasn't and I ended up in the river a number of times so I spent most of the afternoon in my underpants. Later on, I answered a call of nature and hopped over a fallen tree on the bank to find a secluded spot. What I actually found was a ditch full of stinging nettles and there am I, wallowing around in just the bare essentials.
Looking back, I think it is fair to say that rash decisions were also taken
LEO, Lyons Electronic Office... was used at night to calculate and print British Rail payroll, my Dad had some of his payslips from the '60s now badly faded that were printed on it, got binned when my parents moved
The volt and current meters are so cool. Wish computers still had them. I guess some machines have digital versions through software -- the apps that came with a motherboard for one of my computers showed voltage and temp. Still, physical meters can't be beat.
The first digital computer I worked on had 4096 bytes of ferrite core memory in a module about half a cubic foot in volume that cost around $4,000 in 1970 dollars! I programmed it in Fortran and thought it was fantastic! This was in the early 1970s.
How you know you are a youngster...? you could carry your first own computer by yourself without help
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
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In my final year we spent a lot of time designing and refining analog computers. (This was 1967). Digital computers were the new kid on the block - Viewed with considerable suspicion. I am very sure the first shots to the moon relied heavily on analog computers. But now we are talking way above the heads of today's kids who probably don't know what an analog computer is!
At my school, the Engineering department acquired a USN fire control computer for us to play with. It was a room-sized analog computer consisting of racks of operational amplifiers made of vacuum tubes, so the thing had a MTBF of something like 8 hours. Those were the days! It's hard to imagine that the Navy actually used those things to direct gun fire on a choppy sea, using real time pitch and yaw inputs to modify radar return signatures and properly aim the things. Amazing times, they were...
An IBM 1401 was used at US Coast Guard Eastern Area (New York) to support AMVERS, the merchant ship tracking system; I programmed it in the mid 1960's. A CDC 6600 was used at USCG Headquarters (Washington DC); I programmed it in the early 1970's.
I'm surprised that no Univac beasts were photographed. They were the workhorses of the US Navy.
FYI, in those days, the major manufacturers of computers used in the US were "IBM and the BUNCH" (Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC, and Honeywell).
In the sixties I was in far-away South Africa studying to be an engineer. The only computers I was familiar with, was IBM (I think it was their model 360). Later I worked as an engineer in the Division of Civil Aviation, that owned all civilian airports in the country, and became familiar with computers that controlled civilian air traffic control systems.
I just had to have a computer of my own and spent a month's salary to buy a HP85A. It was still working 100% in 1995 when I got rid of it, because we were moving to the USA.
Alas, this was in the days when HP still beat the rest of the world in the quality of their products. Those days are long gone now, as accountants are chasing quarterly profits instead of focusing on long term market domination through excellent quality.
Name that tune (but not too quickly as I have to pop out to the shops now!)
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