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  Asked By: Eddy    Date: Apr 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 942

Well I did write programs using punch cards, FORTRAN no less. Later, after
I got a job, I decided to go to a class and learn COBOL. As soon as I saw
that it was taught using punchcards I bailed.

I can say though that my first experience in high school with computers was
using a terminal. It was a Wang-50. When I was a senior, it was upgraded
from a tape drive (yes cassette) to a "drum drive."

We high school kids got quite a laugh out of asking the repairman "Hey,
what's it like to work on a Wang?"



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Christop Mcfadden     Answered On: Apr 28

OK. In 1971 I started flipping bits using an IBM 029 key punch machine. The
latest and greatest machine was an IBM 360-40 that had diskpacks and an
array of drawers to hold them. I learned machine language first and then
graduated to COBOL and programming on the mainframe required you to compile
your programs  into a libvrary and then submit card decks of Job Control
Languge (JCL) to run your program. First personal computer was a VIC-20 then
a Commodore 64 that came with a cassette tape unit. I upgraded to a floppy
disk drive  that held a whopping 160 kb.

Answer #2    Answered By: Harshita Padwal     Answered On: Apr 28

That probably beats me. My first work experience  was on a TRS-80. Does
anyone remember "Trash-DOS." I edited the Z-80 machine code to "jump to"
other programs  (saving my register values first of course) and then jump
back (restoring my registers) to integrate "Visicalc" with some custom

At the time it was an amazing accomplishment.

Answer #3    Answered By: Jennifer Jones     Answered On: Apr 28

the Timex Sinclair 2000 with the chiclet keyboard and on-board 2K RAM!

Answer #4    Answered By: Annie Norris     Answered On: Apr 28

Trash 80s were the first computers  at my high  school. We had two and got
them in the last two months of my senior year.

I played around at the library on a VIC-20. I wrote a basic program to
determine which words matched a puzzle in a magazine. Then my brother
got a Commodore 64. Remember the peek and poke balloons sample program?

I can't wait for wireless electrical power!

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