The ongoing â€œslider bar threadâ€ which I generated caused me to think of some Old War Stories.
I am 54 and feel like I am setting in my â€œrocking chairâ€, smoking my pipe (tobacco only) and wanting to talk to the youthful folks but they are only interested in â€œexploring spaceâ€ and not in my Old War Stories.
I will try a few (I am generating this in MS Word and copying/pasting) and if anyone is interested in more (do not want to bore you young folks) please advise.
In the early 70â€™s I was doing â€œstochastic modelingâ€ in CDC assembly language on the 3rd fastest computer in the world at UT Austin. (I was â€œworking withâ€ a post doc.) [the 2 fastest were German computers at NASA.]
The stacks of â€œpunch cardsâ€ would easily fill up a 20â€™x20â€™ room to hip level.
We had to â€œrun the programâ€ immediately after midnight as the â€œcomputer science guysâ€ would really â€œget POâ€™edâ€ if we ran it during normal hours as it would â€œlock upâ€ the entire university and they would â€œlock us outâ€!!
Unix, TCP/IP and the Internet were still a â€œglimmer in Dennis Ritchieâ€™s eyeâ€.
Skipping some â€œgood storiesâ€ and getting into the PC generation in the early 80â€™s (many members of this forum were not even alive then) & DOS 2.x.
10 Meg (not Gig) hard drives were being marketed with a â€œnew MFM technologyâ€ and cost several $K.
If anyone wants me to continue please advise.