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Old 07-11-2014, 11:32 PM   #21
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When filing a color picture to the newspaper from out of town, I would use a local photo finisher to process the film, then back to the hotel room where I had a color scanner/transmitter the size of a small steamer trunk. Each color took ten minutes to scan and transmit, and at about six minutes into the last scan, the hotel operator or phone company operator would pick up the phone, asking what was going on.
And, then I got to start over from the beginning.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:32 PM   #22
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Yep old as I saw some where "thankfully if your 40 or over you did all your stupid stuff before WWW existed :}". I have played with Trash80s :} and a Sinclair never built one back then but since the late 80s have built all my own systems. Hell I still have stored on CD Dos back to version 3.3 , how about stacking punch cards and hoping one is not out of sequence..:} or old Fortran and cobol so much fun.... not I hated programing even when in college every program I had to right ended it's run with "I HATE PROGRAMING" I even created a watermark in word that printed on every one of my papers my instructors thought it was funny. I am a Hardware geek / Software / Security and rusty at that even since I do not use it every day. Ask a young person "INTO" computers today what a newsgroup is or listserv or IRC and they will not have a clue :}

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Old 07-11-2014, 11:37 PM   #23
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When filing a color picture to the newspaper from out of town, I would use a local photo finisher to process the film, then back to the hotel room where I had a color scanner/transmitter the size of a small steamer trunk. Each color took ten minutes to scan and transmit, and at about six minutes into the last scan, the hotel operator or phone company operator would pick up the phone, asking what was going on.
And, then I got to start over from the beginning.
OMG the urge to go choke the crap out of the operator would be almost impossible to control. Damn though same thing happened because of CALL FRIGGIN WAITING ATDT*70,,,,xxxxxxxxxxx was your friend.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:52 PM   #24
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I still have software that was only offered on 5-1/4 floppies... gotta go to Goodwill, maybe I'll find an OS that I can use it.

Okay, one of my favorite computers, sitting right next to me, is STILL running Windows 2000 Pro and there's NO WAY I'll upgrade some of the very expensive software... as long as it keeps humming along. If it dies, it dies.. but, I'm lucky to be connected with a Microsoft Systems Engineer... and he has a room full of floppies and CDs... wink
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I still have software that was only offered on 5-1/4 floppies... gotta go to Goodwill, maybe I'll find an OS that I can use it.

Okay, one of my favorite computers, sitting right next to me, is STILL running Windows 2000 Pro and there's NO WAY I'll upgrade some of the very expensive software... as long as it keeps humming along. If it dies, it dies.. but, I'm lucky to be connected with a Microsoft Systems Engineer... and he has a room full of floppies and CDs... wink
Well, at least Win2k beats Windows NT.

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Btw this is what I was talking about just shooting the breeze ...:}
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My first was a Kim-1 in 1975. Single board, no video, no disk drive, just a hexadecimal keyboard and display. Assembly (machine code hex) programming for the 6502 CPU, cassette tape storage. Lots of makers picked up the 65xx CPUs for their products shortly thereafter.

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Old 07-12-2014, 09:38 AM   #28
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Btw this is what I was talking about just shooting the breeze ...:}
Yeah, funny how that happened.....
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I teach classes on digital photography for our local library, and part of the discussion covers the need for photographers to become archivists - I pull out an 8" floppy disk to demonstrate how media changes & that if you don't keep up, you may find it either impossible, or very expensive to view your old stored images. I've rarely found anyone in the class that recognizes the floppy...

By the way, at 80K per disk, it would take 555 of them to store one RAW image from my Nikon D800.
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I teach classes on digital photography for our local library, and part of the discussion covers the need for photographers to become archivists - I pull out an 8" floppy disk to demonstrate how media changes & that if you don't keep up, you may find it either impossible, or very expensive to view your old stored images. I've rarely found anyone in the class that recognizes the floppy...

By the way, at 80K per disk, it would take 555 of them to store one RAW image from my Nikon D800.
Your comment points out one of the things I love (and sometimes hate) about my job -- everything in technology is constantly changing. It's a real challenge to keep abreast of the changes, and I'm expected to be a subject matter expert on many things as part of my job description. The days of "learn one thing and do it well" are long gone in IT.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:32 AM   #31
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The delete key is your friend.

I discovered that when the IT department replaced the OS in my Mac without backing up any of my personal files.
I found that I didn't miss anything. Couldn't remember that it even once existed.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:48 AM   #32
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At a computer shop I once worked at in the early 90s we built a custom machine to interface with a 100 Bits per inch tape reader. Took us a while to find a EISA or ISA card to interface with the machine. The owner of the shop wrote the software to import the data into.....Word Star lol. A customer was buying tapes from the feds of people who were owed tax returns. He then looked them up on the phone book CDs .... Once he found them he would offer to help them get the money with a percentage to him of course.

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Old 07-12-2014, 05:28 PM   #33
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I'm so old...

My first software came on IBM 3590 EBCDIC 9-track tapes.

Ouch.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:14 AM   #34
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Slightly different track, but some time ago I was talking to a twenty-something kid in a convenience store. I can't remember how the subject came up but he asked me, "What's a hood ornament?"
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My first software came on IBM 3590 EBCDIC 9-track tapes.

Ouch.
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I'm formally trained to repair keypunches, some of which used vacuum tubes.

Every seen a grown man cry because he dropped a box of cards representing a weeks worth of work?
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In 1975, when I took my first computer programming courses using FORTAN IV, we used key cards. Fortunately, we just had to supply a printed copy of what we wanted punched, and they had staff to do up the cards.

We have advanced just a wee bit since then, eh?
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In 1975, when I took my first computer programming courses using FORTAN IV, we used key cards. Fortunately, we just had to supply a printed copy of what we wanted punched, and they had staff to do up the cards.

We have advanced just a wee bit since then, eh?
I remember the decks I also remember if you dropped a deck loading it or if you were umm in a mood and slipped an odd card in with a deck. As I understand it, it takes a long time going through the deck one card at a time... But that is just what I heard...

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Dropping the card stack for a final exam in my Fortran class....I definitely remember that!
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