[blfs-support] I'm curious

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 12:37:01 PST 2016


Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers wrote:
> On Wednesday 17 February 2016 17:08:23 Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> Paul Rogers wrote:
>>> * I feel so fortunate to have discovered LFS over a decade ago!  Having
>>>
>>>     taught myself to program in college on an early 2nd generation (mini)
>>>     computer, IBM 1620, ...
>>
>> Yes, but did you learn how to code in machine language and punch binary
>> cards?  Or did you wimp out and load that deck that was labelled 'Fortran
>> Compiler'.
>>
> You made me feel really old ! What's that a modern machine, the IBM 1620 !
>
> I started with an IBM 650, 2000 bytes, pure machine code, e.g. "AU Add to
> upper accumulator".The Bell-System allowed to make a two address machine out
> of the 650, but reduced the capacity to 1000 bytes. I do not know, how many
> cards I punched at that time ;-). The fortran compiler was much later !
>
> I remember, as I started with the 650, the people in the computer center of my
> university where sharp looking for potential clients, especially on technical
> projects. You didnt need to pay for computer time at that time !

You've got me on that Edgar.  I never worked on a 650.  That was before my 
time.  I guess I'm just too much of a 'Johnny come lately'.

   -- Bruce




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