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On our quiet nightshifts as a tech, I first really started messing about with VB3, then onto VB4. I wrote a well testing application for the shift, as a standard approach for all the techs to use to minimise human error factors when calculating the test data traditionally done by calculators. and then poorly controlled spreadsheets. Then the other shifts adopted it.
It saved about 25minutes man time per test, and usually did 1 test per day, so you can see the savings it made. And it generated a standard html output as a report that could then be attached to an email for sending to town.
I got a spot bonus which was probably not far off a months wages (after tax) for my efforts.
VB6 started off my career. My first major project, as a very green freelance contractor was VB6, because although strictly speaking I learnt to code in TurboPascal at uni, I found VB6 great for a beginner to get real world, working apps into the field.
I remember my first project, I was estimating roof tile materials, the company usually sent 20% extra material to cover estimation errors and breakages. My error rate vanished after I wrote the program (on a commodore 64) except I had to transcribe the results to paper after the calcs.
The program eventually formed the spec for an app written on a PDP11 I think, I did not get a bonus, they fired me (I was a really crappy salesman).
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Sadly no, but I spent a lot of time at a friends whos father owned one. Still have the printouts from a couple of games.
My parents never saw the point in computers, so my first own computer was bought a bit later for my own hard earned money at my summer job.
It was a used 6MHz IBM AT with an EGA monitor, 512kB RAM and a 20 MB double height harddrive.
That harddrive outperformed most other drives for many years. It also outnoised them.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
I remember they had a room full of ABC 80's at Fana Gymnas in the early eighties - I belive their primary function was to collect dust. The students had their own computers, and I'm not sure any of the teachers new how to turn them on.
At the time I had a part-time job pushing Ataris, Commodore 64s, zx-spectrums, Acorns, etc. so that was one course I didn't sign on for.