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  • #31
    Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
    Neither of us were teens during any part of the 80s.

    I do remember going to where my father worked back in the early 70s where they had the computer room in which some giant monstrosity used punch cards.
    Up til about 10 years ago, one of our local foundries used punch tape (like punch cards but on big reels) to "record" the engineering specifications for their plasma cutter machine. The engineer would design the desired product, then "print it" to tape. Somebody would hand carry that reel of tape to the shop floor, where they would feed it into another machine that would read the series of holes in the tape, and run the program to run the plasma cutter.

    I kept those punchers/readers operating until I convinced them that a simple serial cable from the engineer's computer to the plasma cutter's table would eliminate the "punch/read" cycle. They were amazed how much more productive that was - and I got a significant Christmas bonus for that!
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    • #32
      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
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      The original took a bit longer until Bambi was squashed with the credits taking far longer than the movie ending with Godzilla flexing its claws at the very end.
      The one I remember was much more crude - like a dot matrix effect which slowly materialized on the screen. But you're right - it was Bambi.
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      • #33
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        The one I remember was much more crude - like a dot matrix effect which slowly materialized on the screen. But you're right - it was Bambi.
        The original was considerably more grainy.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
          The original was considerably more grainy.
          Yeah, and at 300 baud over a noisy country phone line, it was like each line was "written" to the screen a line at a time.
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          • #35
            Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
            Neither of us were teens during any part of the 80s.

            I do remember going to where my father worked back in the early 70s where they had the computer room in which some giant monstrosity used punch cards.
            In 1975, just before my Mom retired, the attorney she worked for bought a word processor. She had to go in for training, but she loved it.

            It was bigger than a Selectric II and took up most of the desk.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
              In 1975, just before my Mom retired, the attorney she worked for bought a word processor. She had to go in for training, but she loved it.

              It was bigger than a Selectric II and took up most of the desk.
              At one point in my career, I worked for Lanier Business Products and serviced the "No Problem Typewriter".

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              It used two 8" floppy drives - one for your program, and one for your data. And it took up about half your desk.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                At one point in my career, I worked for Lanier Business Products and serviced the "No Problem Typewriter".

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                It used two 8" floppy drives - one for your program, and one for your data. And it took up about half your desk.
                It almost looks like a Tandy! And I didn't know until now that floppy disks were ever bigger than 5.25".
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by The Melody Maker View Post
                  It almost looks like a Tandy! And I didn't know until now that floppy disks were ever bigger than 5.25".
                  I still have some of those 8" floppies. They were pretty much the standard from 1971-1977, then came the 5 1/4" floppies (single sided single density, up through double sided double density), then 3 1/2" in the early 80's.
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                  • #39
                    When I was a kid, we used 5.25" floppies... and we liked it! Our computer had no hard drive and no GUI (Commodore 64).
                    Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by QuantaFille View Post
                      When I was a kid, we used 5.25" floppies... and we liked it! Our computer had no hard drive and no GUI (Commodore 64).
                      The first program I ever wrote (BASIC) and saved was on a cassette tape recorder attached to a Commodore 64.

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                      Only mine was just a cheap Radio Shack cassette recorder, if I recall.
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                      • #41
                        The first few diddly programs I wrote were in BASIC on a Sinclair ZX-81. I don't even remember how they were stored. I also wrote some kind of dopey BASIC programs on my then-girlfriends Radio Shack pocket computer.
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                        • #42
                          My Mom gave me a Radio Shack 16 bit toy for Christmas in 1985, I think. She thought it would help in college - even bought the data recorder to store my programs. I did a few in BASIC - she'd spent all that money - but that was about it.

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                          • #43
                            Y'all are old!
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                              My Mom gave me a Radio Shack 16 bit toy for Christmas in 1985, I think. She thought it would help in college - even bought the data recorder to store my programs. I did a few in BASIC - she'd spent all that money - but that was about it.
                              Yeah... I never really went anywhere with programming. I *had* to do some in college, in FORTRAN, and was not good at it. I did write a couple of programs on my HP-41-CV calculator that came in handy. That thing was SO useful. It died just a few years ago. Sad.
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
                                Y'all are old!
                                Yer down tootin' Little Miss Smarty Pants.

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