RE: History of the IT industry

Subject: RE: History of the IT industry
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: "'Peter Neilson'" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 20:11:27 +1000



From: Peter Neilson :

> For those of us who "were there" in 1978, we frequently saw individual
> programmers who might do all of the following: write a device driver,
> work on a network protocol committee, write code to analyze and manage a
> lab's data (and the manual on how to use said programs), write
> specifications for purchase of a computer that had to be bought through
> crazy government procurement requirements, debug a network, repair the
> computer, snake cables under the floor, and spend each day from 5 to 6
> in the morning doing backups. We didn't call it IT....

Glad to hear it, because what you describe wasn't IT. But what you haven't
said is what business your employer was in. In 1978 I worked for a
commercial bank on La Salle Street in Chicago that had a "Computer Services"
department. All the people in that department worked in the banking
industry.

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Mike West

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References:
History of the IT industry: From: Michael West
RE: History of the IT industry: From: Fred Ridder
RE: History of the IT industry: From: Michael West
RE: History of the IT industry: From: Andrew Warren
RE: History of the IT industry: From: Michael West
Re: History of the IT industry: From: Peter Neilson

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