In 1956 I was a radio operator in the USMC. We were amazed by a new development called Facsimile. We could strap an 8x11 map or message on a little drum. It rotated and a small beam of light moved across it sending the white and black areas it sensed. It took 15 minutes to transmit one page, man was it great!
(This is similar but ours was larger and over radio waves)
I joined the USAF, as a radio operator. They decided to send me to school on a revolutionary new computer concept, the Analog computer. the school was 9 months long. Before the school was finished, we are told there is a great NEW theory out. We are switching to the Digital computer. It operates on the 1 & 0 principal, or bi stage flip flops. This is a tube type computer, hundreds of thousands of tubes. The computer took up 1200 sq ft, the A/C the same amount of space. More school. Binary, Bi-quinary languages. Six months on the job, Something new, solid state computers, same principal, but different hardware,transistors and diodes. Another school.
(The card used the Hollerith Code)
Now we are into IBM, remember the IBM Card and what was called the Electronic Accounting Machines (EAM). We could feed info into computers with cards. More School this time IBM. This school was in D.C. I was learning to repair the IBM systems.
(Taken outside our Arlington apartment after our incident).
One night in our apartment I was having a dream. The machine would read a card, then BANG, it would blow up. Finally Sherry got me awake and said someone is shooting outside! I said no, it is just the IBM machine blowing up! She yelled, no honey, shooting, as in guns. That got me awake. A man two stories up was running from window to window shooting at anything that moved.
The swat team finally filled his apartment and ours with tear gas and got the guy. I had a good story to tell the next day at school.
All I am trying to say is I am over schooled in electronics. Later I programmed, Fortran, Cobol and machine languages. I AM SMART!
Years later and the PC arrives. I bought one. As I said, I am smart. I set the system up, and it took me 8 solid hours just to input the date. Now, I AM FEELING DUMB. I have to learn DOS.
Then some guy named Gates, screws up every thing again. I have to learn Windows. I am fine, a company called Apple I think, bites the dust, will do nothing. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN APPLE IS BACK, THERE IS SOMETHING NEW. AN iPHONE FOR HEAVENS SAKE. What the ------ is an iPhone. Why is Sonya running ON AND ON about? What is Lucy talking about Google Chrome? What the heck is Live Writer? (that one I found out).
I am the smartest dumb guy you will ever know. Sometimes I feel so unnecessary.lol
Old equipment is not like old cars. 50 years from now you won’t hear: I have a completely restored HP PhotosmartC4640 printer, a 2010 model! NO ONE will say WOW! Man I wish I had that.
What I need is a fast walking stick, as my uncle Ralph would say. Anyway, thanks for listening to this RANT!
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
Now aren’t you glad you know that!
The 1956 Plymouth, and not a computer part in it!!!!!