Quote: Originally Posted by ittech
actually about 1976 (yeah, 1976) after a specialist pulse digital techiniques course, i ran a simulator for the Canadian navy that was at least five times that size. it did very little, (actually it ran i guess what we would call simulations scenarios)..but it did it very, very well. the arrival of dos was a godsend because that one while not using punchcards was not a whole lot better.
for those with those old systems still, hang onto them. collectors want them now.
Yah...I remember 4 sure!
My first experience was in 1973 on an IBM Punchcard monster that filled an entire room at the IBM building.
I made a 5'6" poster of a girl in a bikini out of different characters (1 ! ~` so on). I think it took some 4000 plus cards but the entire project was done just to learn the logic pattern the machine used.
It was the only computer in the Province and we had to book time 3 months in advance to get our Gr 11 Computer class in there, and only a few of us were allowed to actually make the program. It was an eye opener cause all our school computer class consisted of back then was taking "plug" boards and putting them togather to make lights blink...ooooooooo