Re: old school

Subject: Re: old school
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "John Garison" <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 05:59:50 -0400

I have some 18" disks, too. They have been disassembled (to ensure nobody
reads the data on them). I plan to make a "yard sculpture" with them after I
retire and have the time to do so.

I also remember my first manual. I was still in college, working on my EE
degree. It was a lab manual for the new lab at the school, and my greatest
pride was the rendering of the oscilloscope, done in the style of R. Crumb
(well it *was* the '70's!). That manual was hand-typed on an IBM Selectric
with all the drawings glued down with rubber cement. (I believe it was
offset printed down at the student center)

-Wendy

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:40 PM, John Garison <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:

> Responding to a mish-mash of comments in the thread ...
>
> I still have some old Boardwatch magazines ... the ones with BillGatus
> of Borg on the cover, and the one with Vint Cerf and his infamous " IP
> on Everything" t-shirt. They make for fun reading. Of only slightly more
> recent vintage, I just came across my multi-generation Xerox copy of
> "Zen and the Art of the Internet" ... Remember Archie?
>
> When I started using AOL in '89, it had a GEM graphical UI that ran on
> DOS prior to the advent of Windows. My AOL ID was (I think, it's been a
> good long while since I managed to get them to finally stop billing me
> ...) JPG3 -at- aol -dot- com -dot-
>
> I have a old hard drive platter downstairs ... a 5-meg drive IIRC. It's
> about 18" across and made of aluminum. Has the pitted marks of a head
> crash, too. I recall when I was at DEC and we were moving to a new
> facility that one of the security guards stopped me trying to carry out
> an 8-layer disk pack that had the RSTS/E operating system source code on
> it. "Don't worry, it's only software!" I told him. "Oh, OK" he said and
> let me take it out without a security pass.
>
> I used to lead the team that documented Wang OIS and WP systems. I
> remember Glossaries well. When I inherited the docs, they made you read
> through 5 or 6 pages (and about 33 steps) of how to record a macro.
> Then, at the very end, they told you "Or you can just press F16 and then
> do the actions you want to record." One of the first things I did was
> move that to the beginning ...
>
> And anyone who had car decks they needed learned early on to take a
> magic marker and draw a diagonal line across the top of the deck ...
> made getting the cards back into order a little easier than reading the
> sequence numbers.
>
> Yr ob't crusty old curmudgeon,
>
> John G
>
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References:
RE: old school: From: fritillary
RE: old school: From: John Hedtke
Re: old school: From: John Garison

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