Delighted to read these stories about even-older-than-me old-timers. Even though I am a relative spring chicken, I'll list my old-timey computing experiences:
- Started programming on programmable Wang and Monroe calculators.
- PDP-8m in high school. 12k 12-bit words for four terminals running Basic. By special arrangement, I could take over the whole thing and use FORTRAN.
- IBM-370 in college, and I spent lots of hours on an IBM 029 keypunch. (That's where I developed my love of loud, clicky keyboards.)
- First job with Datasaab (yes, a computer division of Saab), and I programmed in their weird DIL-16 language.
- PDP-11 in grad school.
- Various VAXen in my early working life. Picked up Emacs in 1985 and now it's in my fingertips.
- A buddy and I wrote a book intended to support people who needed to work with a large variety of computing environments, (a real problem my buddy encountered). It was instantly obsolete, as it was published as minis were dying and PCs were becoming dominant. (https://www.amazon.ae/Computer-Professionals-Quick-Reference...)
- Many years in startups, mostly in Unix/Linux environments.
Retired now, but still enjoying programming. Having a blast with my current project: https://github.com/geophile/marcel.
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