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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Joe Harkin » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 3:43PM

Here it is John. Wish I did still have it; I could probably sell it on eBay for enough to buy a new mid-range P4 desktop system
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It was about two steps up from chiseling in granite...just above the old Motorola Pong console that it superseded! I do still have the little 13" B&W TV they used for video output; can't even throw that away these days.
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby DanEpps » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 3:50PM

Joe Harkin wrote:...Dan- you think youre old?


Ummm...I was in the computer business YEARS before that futuristic piece of advanced technology came along. The first program I ever wrote consisted of plugging patch cables onto a bus-board for an IBM 407 accounting machine. :beer:

No, that's not me in the photo. :joker:

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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby JohnLashuay » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 4:00PM

Dan that looks more like a photo copier than a computer. Are you sure that isn't you in the pic??
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Mike Seisser » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 4:18PM

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Anyone else have a Radio Shack TRS 80? (That's pronounced 'Trash-Eighty')
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Joe Harkin » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 5:16PM

OK, Dan, you got me. I can only go back to Model 28 TTY's, rotary-dial phones, WECo ESS-1 (installed the first one, in NYC), Hollerith card sorters, and patch-cord telephone switchboards..... :joker:
And yes, had a Trash-Eighty, too, that my kids cut their teeth on.
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Damon Nabors » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 5:20PM

I am still trying to find out what a WUMPUS is. :lol:
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Joe Harkin » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 5:24PM

Here ya go, Damon. Gives you something to do while you're waiting for "Stage" to fully render....
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Damon Nabors » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 5:45PM

Futuristic Hewlett Packard Computer from the 60's. That printer looks like a car battery. :?
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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby DanEpps » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 6:00PM

JohnLashuay wrote:Dan that looks more like a photo copier than a computer. Are you sure that isn't you in the pic??


Positive! We had to wear white lab coats. :joker:

Joe Harkin wrote:OK, Dan, you got me. I can only go back to Model 28 TTY's, rotary-dial phones, WECo ESS-1 (installed the first one, in NYC), Hollerith card sorters, and patch-cord telephone switchboards...


The first "real computer" I worked on used a Model 28 TTY for its console and it had a whopping 4KB RAM! Card sorters, key punches...ah the good old days. :joker:

I remember when the only PC you could get was a Heath Kit...4.77MHz Intel 8080 CPU, 32KB RAM (or was it 16KB?), 8 inch floppy disk (hard drives didn't exist yet for PCs).

We might be getting too old to be playing with these things any more. :cry:

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Re: Mboards & Processors

Postby Joe Harkin » Tue, Jan 13 2009, 6:45PM

I recall telling a buddy ( when i was in IS full-time) that these things (PC and computer systems in general) will be really useful when they can give you an answer to a question or the result of a complex set of variables, faster than you can think of the next question or situation to propose. :roll:
I think I was working on a spreadsheet-based (Borland Paradox !) conversion of charges for multiple expense categories in @ two dozen currencies into $US using monthly-varying six-digit conversion factors. :wall:
That was on the "advanced" -286 PC's with 256K mem (I think) and 20MB HD's
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