[thelist] Hello World, Hello Stars, Hello Universe

Joel D Canfield (Finding Why) joel at findingwhy.com
Tue Apr 19 15:39:09 CDT 2016

And so, Ron's lifelong fascination with sharp corners began . . .

On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 3:36 PM, Luther, Ron (AMS Ops Business
Intelligence) <ron.luther at hp.com> wrote:

> Hmmm ... the first computer I owned was an Atari 800 with a single sided
> single density 5.25" drive and a 300 baud modem.  I used a paper hole punch
> to notch the other side of each floppy so I could write to the back side as
> well.
> First one I coded on was some Wang model with an "iron maiden" card
> reader.  You wrote your programs using a number 2 pencil to color in little
> ovals on a card.   It had a calculator sized display screen.
> First one I was paid to work on was a Model 10 (?) Teletypewriter.  It was
> loud, black, metal, and had round keys and a printer.  It was bigger than
> your desk.  There was no monitor.  But there was a 1" wide paper tape
> reader/writer that you could 'store' your program on.  I think it was a
> Model 10 because it probably operated at 10 baud.  God it was slow.
> First experience with computers?  Back when programs were 'written' by
> plugging guitar cord cables with quarter inch jacks into metal trays with
> sharp corners ... my parents used to bring some home for me to play with.
> 'Cuz they loved me and those make great toys for a little kid!      ;-P
> RonL.
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