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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    The last 10 years has been spent with PCs implementing what mainframes had 30 years ago

    Runs away & hides ......
    At the risk of incurring the wrath of the thread starter - 37 years ago the bank I started work at had just taken delivery of a Burroughs terminal about the size of a grandpiano with a golfball sized print head for data input. It broke regularly. Stuck in the corner of the room upstairs was a 'Concentrator' - big blue box about the size of the Tardis. A man came round to hoover it out twice a year. It fed all the data to & from 6 local branches and if it crashed you had to reboot it using a paper punch tape which took half an hour. /end reminisence

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    You're probably right @tcmd35... I can remember the excitment when we got our first Word Processing Package in for the mainframe...

    DisplayWrite/370. It did the basics and you (I) had to write your own code to store the documents created, interpreting all the formatting characters. Microsoft Word was like magic when I first got to see it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteM View Post
    ...if it crashed you had to reboot it using a paper punch tape which took half an hour. /end reminisence
    This any use to anyone? I found it in the cupboard when I started working here 10 years ago...


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    I used to have parts of a PDP11 in my shed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    I used to have parts of a PDP11 in my shed!
    Best place for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    My maternal grandparents had at best a slab of marble or stone to keep the milk and cheese as cold as possible. With no supermarkets and most shopping done at the 'corner' shop (GGGGGG-Granvill) no one bought a whole week of groceries. Their shop was about 4 doors up.
    Yeah - my grandparents kept stuff in the larder on marble and in the meat safe. No inside loo or any sort of bathroom til I was about 10 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I almost forgot:

    AOL Connie!!

    Compuserve and news groups for support!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    MS DOS 6.2!!! I worked for a company in 1995 that was still using it in 2000 to run their till systems. They probably still are as well.
    Alot of embeded systems (POS/Heart Monitors etc) still run small light oeprating systems like those (DOS/Win 3.1)

    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Except for Networking Essentials which was a beast of a book I don't seem to remember the 2000 modules being much more difficult than the NT4 ones the exception of the 70-292 2003 upgrade exam which was the only one I failed
    Scott Muller's Networking Essentials or whatever it's called? because that book still is a beast....

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    modems, but wait until you have done almost 40 years & then you will remember things like paper tape, punched cards, teletypes, green screens, computers as big as a room, with lots of flashing lights and 4mb memory.

    I feel old....
    Ditto - what about CPM and all those lovely DOS 5 configurations for autoexec.bat and config.sys

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    Hi

    I am an oldie I remember punch card and paper tape and a computer with no monitor.

    God it makes me feel old.

    Richard

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