Curmudgeoning (was Re: [CentOS] Problems with writing Dual Layer DVD)

Thu Aug 28 21:40:09 UTC 2008
MHR <mhullrich at>

On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:29 PM, David Dyer-Bennet <dd-b at> wrote:
> I believe the drives in my case were 1311's.  Or else 1310, but I think
> that was the controller.  1403 printer, of course, and 1402 reader/punch.
> Reading cards with copper brushes at 800 cards per minute.

Well, I'm not as aged and decrepit as you and Bill, but I, too,
remember card punches, rapid boot drums, and file systems that took
seven or eight 14" removable disk cabinets that were about three times
the size of today's PCs each and held I don't remember how much data.
I took my first programming class in Fortran V with card punches and
printouts on a CDC 6600 mainframe, in 1974....