So you want to know what computers were like in ancient times?

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  1. EvilSS

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    I ran across this over the weekend and I've been overdosing in nostalgia ever since. For those of us who was involved with computers in the 80's and 90's this is a blast from the past. If you are too young to remember it, or weren't even born then (Christ, am I really that old!?) consider it a history course.

    The show is (was) the Computer Chronicles. It ran on PBS (and elsewhere) from 1983 until 2002. Lucky for the world at large, the Internet Archives has managed to get rights to the episodes, and you can watch them online or download them! There are some real jewels (like John C. Dvorak discussing and later dismantling an original PS2).

    Anyway, info on the show at the archive is here:
    http://www.archive.org/details/computerchronicles

    and the shows can be found here (in no particular order unfortunately):
    http://www.archive.org/search.php?q...ws/info/avg_rating;-/reviews/info/num_reviews
     
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    How old are you, EvilSS?
     
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    from 83? that's not ancient times...

    in the museum area down stairs there's a bunch of ticket punching thingies... huge heavy and most of my coworkers started here by using them.... those are ancient..
     
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    I TRIED watching the Macintosh one, and then I TRIED watching the Unix one. They are so poorly made. The journalism is bottom-of-the-barrel crappy. I cannot stand it any more. I almost never delete things, and they are gone and the recycle bin has been emptied!
     
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    I remember punch cards from my cobol class. That was a night mare. The damn mainframe had 16K of memory. That was high dollar shit back then.
     
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    I said ancient, not pre-historic! Yea, I should have said PC probably, but ya know..

    I came along too late (thank god) to have to deal with the punchcards/ribbons, but when I was in college (this was 1995 mind you) I took a FORTRAN class. FORTAN 77, on an old IBM mainframe. We had to input our program at a terminal, put it in the queue to run, then walk across the hall and wait for the services guy to go retrieve it off the printer. Had a bug? Rinse and repeate.
     
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    Math is fun! Yep, 32. Computer-wise I started out on a CoCo II around 1983 and have owned a computer ever since then. That's the cool part, for me, of finding these shows: I grew on on computers in that era. And yes, the production quality is, well, 1980's. So are the clothes. Thank God for business casual.
     
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    copiertalk Secure Our Borders! OT Supporter

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    do you ever look at NASA footage from the mid 60's to the 70's? they walk around the control room with a cigarette in their hands. They all had ash trays on their desks. That is just how much things have changed in the last 40 years.

    ( omg, I am old)
     
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    Even my Commodore VIC 20 is ancient.
     

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