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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by Majse on May 25, 2018, 09:33:28 am »
I think I remember the cards - but not clearly

And I remember I gave my boyfriend a sort of computer for games. I think the name was Commodore 64?? It was a Christmas gift and I didn't see him for the rest of the holidays  :look:
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Happy Birthday, Margaret!!
« Last post by Margaret on May 22, 2018, 03:31:05 pm »
Thank you MaryLou, Teejay and San. I had a very nice day with my family, who had just returned from Spain the day before - I have been looking after my teenage grandaughter and 2 dogs - so it is nice to have them home again. A month with a teenager is beyond me now. I love her, but NO MORE!!!
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by MaryLou on May 22, 2018, 01:36:25 pm »
Majse, we didn't have monitors back then. They had not yet been invented.  We hand-coded the programs and sent the coded sheets to the keypunch department where they punched our code into cards.  We got the cards back, then fed them into a sorter and or a collator, which we had to "wire" it to do what we wanted.  From there, the cards were fed into the computer and if there were errors, the computer spit the cards out along with the error messages.  For large systems like a payroll system, no program could be larger than 64kb so we had to write a whole series of programs and link them together to run it.

Was really an exciting time.  The hard drive were I worked was incredible!  It had 4 platters and each platter held 5 meg which gave us a 20 mg hard drive.  It was huge too.  We could watch the read/write heads go back and forth reading what was on the platters.  prior to that, everything was put on tape drives. I got to see it from the start and am still  here fascinated by these things!  It's amazing when you think of it.  That first computer took an entire room to house it. It had a sub floor 3 ft. high so cool air could be blown under the computer to keep it cool.  The room that housed the computer was pretty much a "sterile" room and had to be kept at a specific temperature.   

When I look at my all-in-one computer today, it's hard to believe.  The entire computer, hard drive, speakers, and everything else is built into one computer monitor that is only a few inches thick and can do a million times more the work than the big IBM did.  We've come such a long way!   :praise53:
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Happy Birthday, Margaret!!
« Last post by San on May 22, 2018, 01:23:09 pm »
Hope you had a Happy Birthday Margaret.
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by San on May 22, 2018, 01:21:52 pm »
This is the first time my laptop updated with no problems.

I would be lost without a computer I have to have two so if one breaks down I got another one to use.

Sheryl hope you get your PC working soon you have enough problems with having your house renovated.
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by Majse on May 22, 2018, 06:40:37 am »
 :lol05: It must have been really fun to be "in it" from the start, MaryLou. What a change from big computers - monitors to small ones. And the programs

I have had a computer for many years but not 50! LOLL

I know what you mean, SherylC. I can get really stressed when the computer doesn't work
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by SherylC on May 22, 2018, 03:10:56 am »
Not enough that I have no kitchen and the house is in chaos and the shock
of the electrician having to drill holes in the hallway ceiling
to do new wiring for the new kitchen goods etc,this morning Windows won’t start...so no pc at the moment. Last time I used it (Saturday) i noticed Windows had updated. Can’t help thinking it more than a coincidence. After every update I get issues with my PC. No wonder users are reluctant to update and it shouldn’t be that way.
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by Teejay on May 22, 2018, 02:02:49 am »
yep ..and me ... i will probably go the same way.
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by MaryLou on May 22, 2018, 12:03:17 am »
I don't think I would know how to live without a computer.  I have been using one for at least the last 50 years.  I was a computer programmer starting back in the 60's when people didn't have them in their homes.  I literally grew up with a computer in front of me and as the technology grew, I grew right along with it.  Built my first PC as well as several others. This was at a time when you couldn't walk into a store and buy one, you bought the parts and a few weeks later, you picked your computer up in the store.  I didn't want to wait so I bought the parts and did it myself.

Here all these years later and the first thing I do each  morning is turn the computer on!  They'll probably find my body slumped over my computer desk one of these days.   :laugh1:
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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Windows Update? ...Grethe
« Last post by Majse on May 21, 2018, 11:26:32 pm »
OMG such work - life was simpler before computers. I don't want to think about how much time I use on computers - updating. Smartphones updating etc.

But I can't live without my computer  :look:
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