livfoss at mac.com
Tue Jun 19 08:00:24 CDT 2007
I'm maybe closer than the average member of this list, but not too
close: I think I saw a digital computer in late 57 as an
undergraduate in Manchester, UK. It would have been something to do
with Professor Tom Kilburn in the Electrical Engineering department.
As a mechanical engineer, I was occasionally allowed to go over and
have a look. The sheer intellectual drive and sense of fun in that
department set me thinking that I was pursuing the wrong course of
study, and eventually I got into digital computers. I did 'program'
an analog computer as a student but I didn't write a real program
until 1961, so Cal wins hands down. I started with 5-track paper tape
- punched cards came later.
Oddly enough I don't have much technical nostalgia for those days -
it took soooo long to get anything done...
Cal Horner wrote:
> A Challenge to the list members.
> On June 14, 1957 I entered into my life long love affair with the
> Back then it wasn't called IT. It was simply DP. COBOL and Basic
> exist. Fortran was only a baby.
> My first computer was peg boards, sorting machines and card
> readers, and
> chain printers.
> If you calculate the years and days properly you will see it comes
> to fifty
> My challenge is a simple one.
> Is there anyone on the list with more time in the profession than
> me. Or am I the "Last Man Standing"?
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