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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #240 on: May 03, 2017, 03:11:32 AM »
I beat all of you!

I first used a computer around 1975-76 , running some simple number crunching programs on a mainframe in Honeywell Birmingham (England) , online via a terminal at a local college. This was exciting high-tech state-of-the art stuff, back then .  Computers were the size of houses, and they had no Operating System but rather human Operators who fed in cards, changed discs and pushed buttons. The hard disks looked like frisbees, and a bit later I  heard of a bunch of Computer Operators acually playing frisbee with a disk...then crashing a whole days wotk, because the flying disk hit the "Run" button.

A short while after the Honeywll experience, I went out with a guy who was doing a BSc at the local Uni, and he let me use his computer ID number   I got myself a texbook on Fortan IV, wrote some programs and sat in the card-punching room, punching my own cards with a little hole-punching machine, to be fed into the Uni's own mainframe computer.   My idea of fun *chuckle* .   My boyfriend got really  pissed off, because I qhickly  became much better at programming than he was.

Not long after that,  word was buzzing about  s new Operating System called "George" that was going to make human operators redundant.   

And then, how long after? personal computers were invented and Windows came along.  But the early PCs did little more than crunch numbers . Once again I larked around on them, at my local college, couldn't afford one of my own.

And they still didn't run videos!
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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #241 on: June 18, 2017, 03:09:59 AM »
I think I can say that I beat everyone here when it came to using the internet.

I had access to it in 1984 at an Air Force Base in Arkansas. My dad's best friend let me "talk" to other military installations who happened to be chatting at the time.

It only had limited availability to the public at that point..

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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #242 on: June 18, 2017, 09:28:26 AM »
Sounds like a messaging system to me, not part of the TCP/IP network.

You didn't beat me, in any case, because I had access to the Usenet through the uni in 1984.
I know, I know, it's just that I don't know what should be there. :GA:
Could put some awesome Jack quote in there.

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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #243 on: June 18, 2017, 10:43:02 PM »
When I think of all those ancient systems I managed to acquire, still working...that I scrapped.


 :facepalm2:

I would have been a millionaire if mom didn't make me clean out the garage and throw away all my baseball ISA cards and my stash of 386 gold cap processors.








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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #244 on: June 19, 2017, 06:06:56 PM »
This is like a new game show. You Are the Stinkest Geek.  :zoinks:
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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #245 on: June 19, 2017, 09:58:03 PM »
This is like a new game show. You Are the Stinkest Geek.  :zoinks:

Only question is which stink would you rather surround yourself with?

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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #246 on: June 19, 2017, 11:57:03 PM »
This is like a new game show. You Are the Stinkest Geek.  :zoinks:

I'd watch it. :P
I know, I know, it's just that I don't know what should be there. :GA:
Could put some awesome Jack quote in there.

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Re: Wrong Planet has gone from bad to worse.
« Reply #247 on: June 20, 2017, 09:45:20 PM »
This is like a new game show. You Are the Stinkest Geek.  :zoinks:

I'd watch it. :P

I would win that show easily  :M  :M  :M  :M