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Wed Nov 28, 2018, 06:33 AM

Pure nostalgia: Watch a 1959 IBM 1401 compile FORTRAN

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Reply Pure nostalgia: Watch a 1959 IBM 1401 compile FORTRAN (Original post)
Currentsitguy Nov 2018 OP
Gamle-ged Nov 2018 #1
TexMexNext Nov 2018 #2
Currentsitguy Nov 2018 #3
TexMexNext Nov 2018 #4
Currentsitguy Nov 2018 #5
TexMexNext Nov 2018 #7
Currentsitguy Nov 2018 #8
Spitfire Nov 2018 #6
oflguy Dec 2018 #9

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 07:59 AM

1. Having fun with binary - coded decimal, and the scream of a band printer...

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 08:33 AM

2. In college we learned Fortran on a VAX

Later I was Sec admin on an AS400. Big iron was fun stuff.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 08:38 AM

3. My first time at a computer

Was a class I took in grade school at a local Penn State campus in the late 70's. It was a punch card driven time share system. In fact, it was the same manual punch card system shown in the video. I remember striking a marker in a diagonal across the stack of cards just in case they got dropped.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 08:46 AM

4. I use that same technique in woodworking

Keeps the grain oriented when I want it to wrap around casework. Same for bookmatching panels and the like.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 08:59 AM

5. That's something I'd really like to take up

I've done a lot of rough carpentry, but I'm about to take on a more decorative job. Our sunken living room and dining room are divided by a large floor to ceiling see-through wood burning fireplace. To one side is our front wall, and the other side are two steps down to the living room. I plan on flanking the fireplace with pass-through shelves to either side. Right now I just have some rough 2x4 framing that I plan on building the shelves around. I have never attempted anything like this before. I've got more tools than you can shake a stick at, I've just never used them for this type of precision work before.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:16 PM

7. David Marks had a great show on woodworking

I made this chest from his plan. It’s the best looking woodworking project I’ve tackled. https://m.&feature=youtu.be


I already knew quite a bit about cabinet making, but this show really improved my fine woodworking skills.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:24 PM

8. Thanks! I can take all the help I can get!

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:31 AM

6. Man, that brings back memories!

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Back in the mid 1970's I worked for one of IMB's competitors (Control Data Corporation) as a manufacturing line test/repair technician.
I tested and repaired all of that stuff.
I hated working on the tape drive memory the most followed by the card punch reader.
The high speed drum line printer was fun to work on but it could be dangerous if the hammer drivers screwed up....
I spent most of my time working on magnetic core memory modules which could be frustrating at times (trying to make analog perform like digital).....

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2018, 09:32 PM

9. In school, we used a Vax-11 to run our FORTRAN programs

We used a computer terminal, however, instead of punch cards.

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