Re: My national tabloid love affair with a computer

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 01:13:19 MDT

At 10:39 PM 4/11/01 -0700, samantha wrote:

>Input was only punched cards.

Me too. A sickening way to learn anything.

>The sick bastards only taught us Cobol!

Well, I got Fortran and hex machine code as well. God awmighty.

>And the turn-around on a deck
>averaged 2 days.

Unlike Samantha, who was doubtless a whizz, I'd get in after the mandatory
overnight or longer run and find a pile of fanfold paper invalidated in
line five by a missing comma.

>I didn't want anything to with computers after that
>until the first micro computer chips became available.

Scarred me for good. Got out, went back to the garret.

Damien Broderick

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