Another old fart checking in, HS class of '69.
First computer was a Geniac (educational toy) and had some chance to work with a friend's Minivac 601 (another educational product). First full computer I worked with was an IBM 1130, but had a chance to work with lots of old tech in the early days - pre-computer punched card equipment like IBM 407, tube based computers, discrete transistor computers, drum memory, core, most of 360 line and successors, also GE, Honeywell, SDS, DDP and other machines, etc.
Currently assembling a replica mainframe (1130), right now building the complement of peripherals using reasonable machinery I can find and interfacing/emulation. Documation M600 card reader emulating IBM 2501, punched card duplicator being converted into 1442 punch, HP line printer emulating 1403, DEC RK05AA drive emulating ramkit disk in 1130, paper tape reader and punch units emulating 1055/1134, Strobe model 100 plotter emulating 1627, modified IBM Electronic Typewriter model 50 (selectric type) emulating the console printer, non-ibm keypunch keyboard emulating keyboard of 1130 console, plus realistic light display panels, switches, buttons, etc.
In other words, if you can't collect a copy of your first computer, build one yourself. Project is a stimulus to learning and improving skills in electronics, design and other arts - hobby that will likely keep me sane when I retire in a few years.
--- In email@example.com, joshbensadon <no_reply@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Loewen <mloewen@> wrote:
> > I'm one of the self-professed "old farts" in the group,
> > HS class of '73.
> > My first computer was an IBM 360/67, where I learned FORTRAN.
> > Punched card technology left a big impression on me.
> > not feasible for most of us to collect mainframes
> We need more "old farts", I wish more like you would get online and share the lessons of yesteryear.
> I wish we all had lots of space for collecting mainframes, etc.
> Sadly, I don't have the space either, so for this reason I'm working on focusing my collection to the Computers featured in Popular Electronics & Radio Electronics.