Re: New Poll Question

Subject: Re: New Poll Question
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 18:39:22 -0800

My parents wrote textbooks on their TRS-80, which
had a bank of 3 8-inch floppies under the desk. Dad
taught business and then persuaded the school to add
computer classes and then found he needed to write
textbooks as those available were inadequate. He
wrote them out longhand and mom input them into the
computer. They had an IBM 360 at school, and later
an HP 2000.

For printing mimeos for school they had a IBM selectric
wheel printer modified to strike three times per
letter to be able to get it dark enough for the ink
to transfer. That sucker was loud. They started with
a similarly modified daisy wheel printer, but that was
too much of a workout and it broke.

When he taught summer school, I tagged along and
played with the tape fed terminals and learned to
program BASIC and learned how to set-up the terminals
to autostart and type to the students when turned on.

CB - who programmed in Fortran in college with those
stacks of cards and sho still has some around for
writing notes

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