Memory was something you lost with age
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider's home
A virus was the flu
A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And if you had a 3 inch floppy....
I am showing my age now. My first job when I left school was working for an importer of high end electronic test equipment. We had typists and a Telex machine. Anything that needed typing was dictated and a Telex was hand written on a form which was then handed to a typist who once a day sent all the Telex's. We had an IBM System 34 and one VDU (or terminal) in the office. Computer time was booked in advance and limited to a 30 minute session. The printers were dot matrix and were so noisy they were housed in a separate room.
I sold the first real time image capture and processing system in NZ to Massey University. It was a large box that interfaced to a Digital Vax, the real time image was monochrome and software was used to add colour. It was manufactured by Imaging Technology, a company that was based in Canada and it cost Massey $300,000.
A lot has changed in 20 years.
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Comment by paradoxsm, on 19-Jul-2007 09:42
scary stuff and i was in diapers then. What i do remember building was a insanely crude digital camera from a ceramic dram chip. It interfaced to my old commodore 64 and i was then able to print out ascii photo's, i still have a picture of the family somewhere and i'm sure i found the chip with it's 8 mm cine camera lens glued on the other day along with some other relics of my youth like my speak and spell and my womble!
Comment by stevonz, on 19-Jul-2007 11:00
In another life I was employed in the RNZAF. I was among the new breed of logistics staff that new how to run computers as we migrated from handwritten card-based 'system' to ustilising stock records on a mainframe... we too had a typing pool (gone), 'telephonists' who you had to ring to get put through to someone else, the depot stock balance in Te Rapa was updated daily by ticker tape feed and keyed by 'machinists'.
Now the defence force runs good old SAP R/3 - which is my bread 'n butter.
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