RE: New Poll Question

Subject: RE: New Poll Question
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: KPerkins -at- stinsonmoheck -dot- com, al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:49:13 -0500

Naw, this is just proof that from the very beginning Bill Gates
had the brainstorm of letting others bear the documentation
burden.


From: "Perkins, Kathy" <KPerkins -at- stinsonmoheck -dot- com>
To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>,"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: RE: New Poll Question
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:59:36 -0600

Your mentor must have worked with Bill Gates. He was the one that wrote
the BASIC code for the Altair. I actually remember the Altair. You
bought the kit at Radio Shack, and had to put it together yourself.
We've come a long way since then, heh?

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Joe Malin wrote:

>I was a professional programmer before the first microcomputer came
>out. I wrote Basic for the IMSAI 8080; my brother sold them.
>
>
I started on computers in the Navy (I joined to avoid the draft). In
the beginning we entered the program using two 16-switch banks and an
enter button. Then we got an octal tape reader...about as close to
heaven as you could get in those days.

I started writing in '76 on an old IBM Selectric. Our output was on an
IBM Composer and then we got a Comp Jr. I was writing HW and SW manuals
using VI on a PDP-11/70 and a WANG WP when the first PCs came out (IBM
and MACs). Our graphics were done by a highly creative draftsperson or
with an 8x10 view camera. The guy who was my mentor wrote the manual
for the Altair system (including the BASIC programming guide). As much
as I dislike XP, I'll never, ever go back to MS-DOS 2.11.

I've been writing ever since although not always as a TW.

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