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    Posted: 20 Feb 2012 at 11:15am

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today

Sweet! One company is using a computer from 1948.

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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 8:07pm
That's a fun read.  (I wince a bit thinking of my Fortran punch card days.)
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 5:15am
Some people can really wring everything out of a box. I worked at a company that had a 402 but I never used it (nor do I think they did). It looked really complicated.
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 9:39am
Reminds me of this old pin plotter in a design office I worked in years ago.  They made us get it working because it was a "resource" we were not using.  The guy that set it up was able to get it to draw a large circle, a triangle and a square in 3 different colors and line weights on a plan sheet before they replaced the regular plotter we were using.  Funny thing is we never printed plan sheets in color.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 10:25am
That sounds typical.  
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 9:45am

Absolutely rolling on the floor funny (at least to me):

When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC

I remember some of those.

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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 11:48am
W0w...300Mbytes (disk storage system) for under $20k...and 30 days delivery!! 

I think I've seen Elvira before...but not when it came out.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 12:20pm

I think my first 10Mb was around $7k. Fortunately I had a client and they bought it for me.

It was funky, funky, funky. I think it was before DOS 2.0 but regardless DOS couldn't handle the full 10Mb so I had to carve it up into multiple chunks and then use a "mount" program to load a particular partition.

Still it seemed like a load of storage.

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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 8:05pm
LOL!  Didn't know who he was at the time but I remember that Radio Shack add with Isaac Asimov.
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