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, "B. Degnan" <billdeg@...> wrote:
> Interesting Thread in vintage-computer.com about ages of hobbyists in our
I'm one of the self-professed "old farts" in the group, HS class of
'73. I got into the hobby for many of the same reasons as others:
nostalgia for the early micros, owning the systems that I read about in
magazines but could never afford, the company of like-minded hobbyists.
My first computer was an IBM 360/67, where I learned FORTRAN. The first
computer I owned was a TRS-80 Model III.
Punched card technology left a big impression on me. While it's not
feasible for most of us to collect mainframes (Sridhar, Dave), I was able
to eventually acquire a card reader and a couple of keypunches. A
keypunch was one of the few "hands-on" technologies available to
programmers in the late '60s and early '70s.
I was also fortunate enough (although I didn't think so at the time) to
be able to work on vacuum tube computer technology from the '50s. Core
memory, marginal checking and magnetic drums were all part of the AN/FSQ-7
(SAGE) system, a technological marvel for its time.
Mike Loewen mloewen@...
Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/