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April 23, 2004

Yukk

You know, there's one thing I hate about working on old computers.

Dust bunnies... IICKKKK!

'Nuff said.

April 24, 2004

Ancient History, part 1

AKA "Ah, the Good Old Days."

I've been telling several folks often enough that I was going to write about the Good Old Days, and it's about time that I put pen to paper. Please note that these articles are based on personal experience, and are not neccessarily exhaustive. :)

One of the motivators of this article was Paul Burgess, but a month or so back Dean Esmay wrote a nostalgic article about his Good Old Times, and I didn't want to look like a copycat. It turns out that article was Paul's fault, too!

Well, Paul, here you go.

My first experience with computers goes back to 1977, the year I graduated from high school. That spring a friend in the school Math Club showed me a wonderful new device called a "terminal." The terminal in question was teletype machine, and it was state of the art: it had a paper-tape punch and reader, so you could load or store your own programs.

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Ancient History, part 2

(continued from part 1)

I don't want to piss off the Appleciders out there, but the late '83/early '84 lineup was pretty ugly. The Mac hadn't come out yet, while the Apple III (AKA the "pop-up toaster") and the Lisa did not inspire confidence. Cross it off the list.

The DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) Rainbow was interesting. It could run CP/M-80, CP/M-86 (IIRC a dual processor design), but was bloody expensive. It was also different enough from standard CP/M machines that I crossed that one off the list as well.

So it all came down to the IBM PC, and the Epson QX-10.

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