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in 83 I had a cpm system running at 4Mhz with an 8" floppy, But also a 10 MEGA BYTE external hard drive, with removable platters. Luxury.
The rest of the system was crap.
Filled up my car if I took it home to work.
We had three teletypes in high school. Connected to a PDP-8 and PDP-12 at the university across town via acoustic coupler. One day someone dumped the hopper full of the holes from the punched tape all over the floor.
Part of my first job - machine code programming a DEC LSI-11 (4K core memory + 16k RAM) to control a tomographic medical scanner and reconstruct the images (using de-convolution and back-projection). Teletype was only for development - working machine just had the core memory.
Punch tape? You were lucky; we started with punched cards and a manual punch. We progressed to a 12 hole punch with numeric keys, where you could press multiple keys at once, and it automatically moved the card on one column. pic[^] Before that, we'd literally used a jig that held the card securely while you poked a square pokey-thing through the card over a cut-out behind; once you'd done all the holes for that column, you moved the card along by pressing a separate lever that moved it the right amount.
As for ancient enough to understand the autoexec.bat joke, yes... but not to find it funny!
TWICE a day in my case, actually! I went home for lunch...
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