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Blackbird
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Re: Do you still use Windows?

said by StuartMW:

Of course Real Programmers used binary code and entered their stuff via switches

(Did my share of that)


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Actually, on a long-ago black project, we used an Intellec 8 (very much like your IMSAI illustration), but we got clever and loaded our programming in each morning using punched tape and a reader wired into the Intellec. We could alter our code via the Intellec's front-panel switches, and repunch a new tape via wiring from the Intellec into the Friden. The only problem was that the code made the rolls of punched tape classified, and in order to keep an audit trail of the programming changes over the several years of the project, the number (and size) of rolls of tape became quite cumbersome and bulky to keep in secure storage. But I can still conjure up the unique smell of that tape - it was lightly impregnated with some kind of oil that had its own 'fragrance'.

Ah, the good old days, when men were men and you could actually see your computer program...
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StuartMW
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Here ya go. Enjoy the memories



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Blackbird
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said by StuartMW:

Here ya go. Enjoy the memories
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Yep... that's the puppy. Only ours had the metal shell removed, with a bunch of long extender cards, plug-ins, and wire bundles hanging out the top - looking for everything like a big blue dis-embowled cat.
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“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” A. de Tocqueville