Ready for gcc-4 & cleaning up binutils source delete or not.

TheOldFellow theoldfellow at
Sat Apr 16 22:46:01 PDT 2005

Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> TheOldFellow wrote:
>>Actually, since you ask, 35 years ago I had such fun with a teletype,
>>Dartmouth College Basic (I still have the manual) and a time-sharing
>>mainframe (Kent On-Line System), that I joined the industry.  
> On-Line System?  Wow.  I would have given a lot for that capability in
> 1965.  Punch cards were the only thing available.  No disk--no tty.  Did
> you ever have to punch cards in binary?  You younger guys had it easy.

I still have a box of Hollerith 80 col cards, they are great for
shimming hinges (and fudging elections, I hear).  And, yes, I did punch
them by hand but that was later in 1971 when I started real work, we
also repaired paper tapes (8 col) with a hand punch.  At college we had
IBM 029 automated punch machines - luxury.

> Oh, and FORTRAN was the only high level language.  Nore: That's *not*

Before Basic, I learnt Algol 60, considered to be a 'superior' HLL, as
it's grammar could be parsed easily.  My wife programmed Fortran though,
the suite ran an automated cardboard factory in the 1970s.

Those were the days when programmers were real men - an 8 meg
exchangable disk took real muscle to lift off the drive, and you could
only get two in the trunk of the car.

But we should probably move this chat....


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