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June 26, 2014



That trip down memory lane made me realize how much I miss playing Archon on Commodore 64: "The Light versus the Dark Side". I digress...Back to work!


Did you know: 80 column cards were also used by some pipe organs as a way to set all the stops quickly?

My father (a retired CE) punched several new sets for my mother (an organist) with a manual key punch because oddly the cards had a limited life in the hands of an organist. Something about hand lotion. :-)

Jon Paris

Oh come on back and digress Jeff - you know you want to! What about those game cartridges and cassette tapes and Commodore's quirky serial device connections and ...

Dan Devoe

My father still has his first computer - a circa 1984 Morrow MD-11 - in his basement (boxed up).

It had a whopping 11MB hard drive, and came with CP/M 3 (aka. CPM +)

And if you tried to play specific games on it that were intended for another CP/M machine (such as a Kaypro) that used graphics, and lots of POKE statements, be prepared for an unbootable system...

This was where I was first introduced to ADVENTURE - advent... and XYZZY... as, memories...

I used to get on local BBSs with it, and when people asked me what kind of computer I was using, they were like "huh" when I told them. Most of the people I chatted with had C64 or Atari...

Jack Callahan

Source physical files and the 80 column input limitation of the RPG compiler may well be the last vestigial remains of the punch card.

When was the last time you dropped a source physical file member on the way to the compiler and had to re-sort it based on sequence number?

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I used punched cards in college for programming classes. My first professional programming, on a S/32, involved writing code on paper forms, then either keying directly on the S/32, or keying to diskette on a 3741 for later copying to the S/32, depending on what was available when.

Some years later my first personal PC was a Commodore 64; with my first online access being connecting the C64 to CompuServe with a 300 baud modem.

Ah, the bad old days ...

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