Saturday, January 4, 2020
Autos of beauty
1935 Alpha Romero
For today (the day after yesterday!):
For years I worked with the ‘IBM Card’. Payroll was from cards along with personnel records. That card could contain up to 80 alphanumeric characters and several special characters, i.e. %$<>,.’ ”.Cards would be like pages of books, a header and trailer cards. Some personel records were 50cards per person.
The date ‘field’ or area was as small as possible 2 positions each for month, day and year. 010199= January 1, 1999. This had worked for 1900s, but when the 1999 things changed. Now 4 positions were needed. That would cause a problem, requiring two more positions in the date field.
This was actually a major, MAJOR problem. At that time Most businesses, including banks and financial entities were still dependent on the card system, for all their records. Store records were on cards, the system would fail, etc. You could not buy groceries.
I remember the predictions, banks would fail, Planes would fall out of the air. Thousands actually withdrew their money at the banks ‘Just in Case.’ I was surprised when I learned later, that even my son withdrew his personal and company money out of the bank. The fear was real to many people.
There was very little ‘social media’ at the time. I can imagine what chaos would occur with such an active social media as today, things spread like wild fire.
Anyway, that was on my mind today, whatever today is, LOL.
Sherry is on the phone with Evelyn as I type. It seems no one can grasp the pressure I have been under to catch a signal to get out and expose to the world all my deep thoughts and advice. Thankfully I still have hot lines to Brother Trump and Sister Pelosi. They know my advice is always available to them. (I am beginning to think neither one listens) Lately I have about worn communications out! LOL
At present they have agreed not to shoot each other, but the agreement is being held together with a very thin thread. LOL.
About the card, Strange that, the year 2000 rolled in with only a few hitches, most everyone did not notice any significant change.
And the 2000 Ford Taurus continued to roll off the line.