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Old 07-06-2016, 07:20 PM   #41
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... so old that I remember when computer memory was little donuts of magnetic material (cores) with wires running through the middle in two directions, one bit per core at a cost of about $1 per bit.

Prices and sizes have dropped by about a "gigga". Best bargain ever...

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Those core memory arrays are really neat looking. I'd like to have one just to display.

In the 1970s four megabytes of memory came on a card ten inches square and cost $8000. Nowadays I don't think you can buy that small amount of memory. In 1996 the total worldwide production of disk drive storage was sixteen terabytes. I think today you can buy two disk drives to total that. To me that's just amazing.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:20 PM   #42
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S&H green stamps..... fifteen cent hamburger, gas .28/gallon, playing hopscotch on front sidewalk.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:37 PM   #43
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Just realized I still remember most of the layout for the California job case, feeling old now and on top of that I'm older then Jim B.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:46 PM   #44
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Teacher accused me of burping in class. It wasn't me, honest, but my punishment was to write, "I will not burp in class" 500 times.
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Went to a one room school in Stockholm, Sask. for a few months. Grades one through seven. Took turns getting water from the pump at the neighbouring farm. Two holer outhouse with all the school's softball mitts and balls at the bottom to aim at. I think the crank phone was two long and a short. Or the crank was the guy listening in on the party line.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:49 PM   #45
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S&H green stamps.....
S&H green stamps? Was thinking about those yesterday. Thought that was a Southern thing. My mom collected those.
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... so old that I remember when computer memory was little donuts of magnetic material (cores) with wires running through the middle in two directions, one bit per core at a cost of about $1 per bit.

Prices and sizes have dropped by about a "gigga". Best bargain ever...

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We used to look at the 8" x 8" 1k boards and wonder who they got to thread all the little cores. They were in the first computer I worked on.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:46 PM   #47
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OK, Alan. You win!
Hmmm, I'm not certain how that qualifies as a "win". At my age that might be a "break even" if I last a bit longer.

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Old 07-06-2016, 09:24 PM   #48
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Speaking of Vaccuum tubes, Lee DeForest was a pioneer on that invention. He was from Council Bluffs, Iowa. A school named for him was on West Graham Ave. Just down from our park shop in Fairmont Park. I never got too good on the slide rule. I was an aggie at Iowa State and we dealt with pruners and soil samplers. My Dad died ten days short of his 50th birthday. My 2 brothers and I were in our teens. We got our educations, did a number of jobs and are all retired now. I like recalling the old days, old ways and the times we had. Jim Norman, this has been quite a thread. Maybe we need to start a new group, Geezers and Geezerettes. Maybe not, the kids would think we all lie.
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Well I remember the olden days when I was so poor I couldnt even pay attention. Cheers Peter
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I made a mmmmmmmistake. Lee deForest was a Council Bluffs native but the school named for him was not on West Graham. That school was Pusey elementary named for Nathan Pusey another native who was president of Harvard University for 18 years. Another school was named for Amelia Bloomer of ladies wear fame but I digress. If you ever find yourself needing to camp in the Omaha/ Council Bluffs area, I can recommend Arrowhead Park near Neola Iowa. There a quite a number of interesting historical sites in Council Bluffs, you could spend a week there one day.
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