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  1. #31


    Posts : 239
    Win7 & 8 64bit / Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I understand what the Amstrad computer was, but what is the CPM program? I did a search, but the acronym means so many different things.
    Typical me - I meant CP/M - (Control Program/Monitor) by Gary Kildall of Digital Research - apologies for the typo. Now (after looking it up) if it hadn't been for Gary's wife refusing to sign a NDA with IBM in Gary's absence then there may not have been a Microsoft as we know it today. Full story here -

    Gary Kildall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Yes nipper is English slang for being the youngest and retirement (or part time semi-retirement) is treating me well. I miss some of the characters in my old business environment but not the politics and red tape.

    Told an American buddy of mine I'd been on the grass all day and she thought I'd been smoking the stuff. No such luck. What I meant is I'd been cutting the stuff. Such is the translation between a common language.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    WOW!! You guys are lucky to start out with powerful PCs like that. My first encounter was with a 8086, dual 5 1/4 floppies, No hard drive, and ran Machine language for the command structure and programming. Oh yeah, it had this beautiful yellowish amber screen with a cute looking cursor blinking on it ALL the time. <g> And it predated the Colecovision game system. *Pulls out Driver's License to prove his age.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 239
    Win7 & 8 64bit / Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    WOW!! You guys are lucky to start out with powerful PCs like that. My first encounter was with a 8086, dual 5 1/4 floppies, No hard drive, and ran Machine language for the command structure and programming. Oh yeah, it had this beautiful yellowish amber screen with a cute looking cursor blinking on it ALL the time. <g> And it predated the Colecovision game system. *Pulls out Driver's License to prove his age.
    You were spoilt Mike - 2 x floppy drives and an amber screen with a 8086 processor.

    The old Amstrad was powered by a Z80 processor, single floppy that you used to power up CP/M with and then insert a separate floppy to get the word processor working all connected to a daisy wheel printer (I had to refer to wiki to get that information as it seems like it was light years ago).

    When I got my first 8086 with an amber screen I thought it was going to be the fastest PC ever. Didn't know about the famous Moore's Law of computing.
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  4. #34


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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Yeah, BUT you seems to have forgotten, one floppy drive for the program you wanted to run, and one floppy drive to save your files on. Back in the GOOD OLE DAYS. No one EVER heard the term hard-drive, heck if you happened to work for IBM (King back then) you had reel to reel tape to save on, and load programs onto. I was lucky, I had a data tape recorder - (Yeah, you could also play cassette tapes on it.) LoL Actually the FIRST Castlevania (Castle Dungeon) game from it. (yay for Dirk the Daring) LoL Bet you NEVER knew you could play a cassette tape version of games. <g> What strikes me as funny is, is that Linux THINKS it was the first to use "Live" media with their live CDs. Hate to burst their collective bubbles, but that's been around longer than I have been around with cassettes, and floppies. LoL
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  5. #35


    Edlin was my friend...
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  6. #36


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    One UP!

    A PDP8E Desktop by DEC (See pic top right in Smithsonian Museum) Digital Equipment Corporation) Also a Friden Flexowriter ( as pic top)
    The Friden was invented to punch 8 channel ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)tape When typing on the Friden typewriter keyboard.

    The PDP8E was booted by using 9 toggle switches on the front panel. 8 for 8 bit words & 1for enter.
    This activated the punch tape reader, which would load the Operating System. Then the "Basic" program tape, then the actual basic instructions.


    The booting was done on startup & the Basic program was entered only once. After that the "Basic" data tape had to be run for each data pass. The data pass had to be punched out, placed in the Friden to create a printed sheet of information. If the program ran correctly, you received your data. If it failed it printed out the errors & you had to make & punch a new tape until you got it right.

    No monitor, no floppies, no HD, no Mouse no Keyboard on the PDP8E!

    But we got the "Man On The Moon"

    Tully
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  7. #37


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    While this was the first computer I ever used:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../Decwriter.jpg
    (Yes I know that's not the computer. To tell you the truth, I don't remember what it was connecting too over the phone lines!)

    It wasn't the oldest. This was!
    http://whitemore.files.wordpress.com...bm360_full.jpg

    Course Tully still has me beat
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  8. #38


    Of course I got the toggle switches wrong!

    Tully
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  9. #39


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    WAIT a MINUTE here Tully! This is a keypunch machine!

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  10. #40


    While this was the first computer I ever used:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../Decwriter.jpg
    (Yes I know that's not the computer. To tell you the truth, I don't remember what it was connecting too over the phone lines!)
    Wow ,FSeal, You're older than I thought! Is that a shortcut key list next to the keyboard?!

    These were the type of machines my buddy showed me at his work which I described in my story in the start post.

    Course Tully still has me beat
    Yes. Tully is older than dirt! BTW, Tully, as you probably know for you lived in Galena. That town put out a few American Civil War generals. Now I know of one more....you!

    Also, our microwave ovens of today probably have more computing power than the Apollo moon missions had.
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