General Chat Thread, 10 Years in IT in General; Originally Posted by broc
The last 10 years has been spent with PCs implementing what mainframes had 30 years ago
20th May 2010, 09:14 AM #91
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
Originally Posted by broc
20th May 2010, 09:24 AM #92
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!
20th May 2010, 10:22 AM #93
This any use to anyone? I found it in the cupboard when I started working here 10 years ago...
Originally Posted by PeteM
20th May 2010, 10:27 AM #94
I used to have parts of a PDP11 in my shed!
20th May 2010, 10:27 AM #95
Best place for them
Originally Posted by JJonas
20th May 2010, 10:45 AM #96
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.
Originally Posted by creese
20th May 2010, 10:48 AM #97
Compuserve and news groups for support!
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
20th May 2010, 11:32 AM #98
Alot of embeded systems (POS/Heart Monitors etc) still run small light oeprating systems like those (DOS/Win 3.1)
Originally Posted by tech_guy
Scott Muller's Networking Essentials or whatever it's called? because that book still is a beast....
Originally Posted by cookie_monster
20th May 2010, 12:10 PM #99
Ditto - what about CPM and all those lovely DOS 5 configurations for autoexec.bat and config.sys
Originally Posted by broc
20th May 2010, 12:23 PM #100
I am an oldie I remember punch card and paper tape and a computer with no monitor.
God it makes me feel old.
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