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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)
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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