[CentOS] Re: Ole Fossils [ was Re: ls and rm: "argument list too long"]

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Fri Oct 24 23:02:45 UTC 2008

on 10-24-2008 3:21 PM Phil Schaffner spake the following:
> On Fri, 2008-10-24 at 14:19 -0400, Ed Westphal wrote:
>> Forgive my senility, but I'm continually amazed how many of us ole 
>> fossils are still around, and running Linux! Not to use up too much 
>> bandwidth, but the switch from Fortran 2 to 2D, for disk, was a big 
>> event way back when. Then Fortran 4 came around! Be still my old
>> heart!
> WAY OT, but since the thread has already been hijacked, can't resist a
> trip down memory lane...
> Ah yes, how fondly I remember running FORTRAN from punched tape on the
> Data General Nova "minicomputer".  At least it was not prone to dropping
> the 80-column card deck and having to re-sort it.  Then we got the 8"
> hard-sector floppy drive.  Luxury!  Still had to boot it up with the
> correct sequence of flips of the front panel switches, but actually had
> somewhere to save output data as well as load programs - up to 256KB.
> Did real-time data acquisition using an 8-bit A/D and ran fast Fourier
> transforms to get frequency domain responses using ASCII graphics on a
> printer.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_General_Nova
> Seem to remember an "old farts" thread on this list a while back, so I
> guess "ole fossils" sounds a bit better. :-)
> Phil
I remember numbering on the back of cards with a pencil as a backup when you
dropped the deck. And of course you numbered by tens just in case you had to
insert something.

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